I Go On An Outing And Meet Millennials



My new Slim Line Combo keyboard from Logitech broke down and quit typing after about 3 months. I checked the Internet and there is a common, frequent problem with that model. It’s all over the Net.


So I took it back where, for $121, I had bought it. There, in Returns, a super-diverse, Millennial Child in black Spandex wore some sort of extremely long black wig, with a black knit cap to hold it on. She was so diverse I couldn’t figure her out. I wondered if I’m still allowed to do that—wonder about “diversity.”

This service Millennial seemed to have a hard time doing anything service-oriented, like helping me—the noble, senior-citizen customer.

I averted my eyes, lest she maybe take offense at being looked at and summon lawyers. I assumed an air of being  helpless and befuddled before the seven-headed dragon of computerism.

Helpfully, I told her how failure Of the Slim Combo was “all over the Net,” but she neither looked at me nor responded.

Eventually she got a Millennial Child “manager” to come over and review my “problem”—with me still trying to make a case for the Slim Combo being prominent in online discussions of its failure. This managerial sort of Millennial neither looked at me nor said anything, but he approved an exchange.

I wondered if he maybe thought by now he should be making $300K a year with a company car? He looked like he was thinking that. He looked pissed off. I dunno….

I was released, and, alone, was allowed to wander over to the keyboard section. After awhile, I was able to snag a Millennial Child floor-worker who ultimately, and irritatedly, handed me a brand new Logitech keyboard for my iPad Air 2, and walked away.

I had a really hard time figuring out how to open the box. It was complicated and hard. I finally ripped the thing open—and then it hit me.

This was the very same keyboard I had bought last year for $99, which had failed, and been replaced by the now-failed Logitech Slim Combo I had bought here for $121.

I would have bought a new iPad, but the Millennial floor-worker was busy.

Doing something. Or other. I dunno….

Of course, they gave me a “store-credit,” for the $22.00 difference. But, like—what the hell am I going to buy there for $22.00?

Anyways, as I began processing for being allowed to depart the store, I noted all the Millennials working there seemed bored, distracted, isolated, and zoned out.

The only one who looked alert was the young, Albuquerque Cop who had his own little desk by the checkout station. He seemed on fire, just waiting for a law to be broken—any law at all.

I gave the armed cop a wide circle, and eased my way through, after having being duly screened as “cleared to exit” by this Indian woman (Native American woman) on the door.

I thought about striking up a friendly chat—maybe jocularly telling her how I was also a Native American, born in Philadelphia.

Hahaha! No.

By now the cop had wolf-eyes leveled steady and slitted on me. Maybe it was the safety pin on my AOL jacket, I dunno.

Anyways, I eased on out and down the street to a Chinese takeout place I’d spotted earlier. There were two Millennials working behind the counter as I placed my order. They babbled together in Chinese, which I recognized from Netflix. I no longer have Netflix, or cable TV because there was nothing on. But I recognize babbled Chinese.

(Can I say that? “Babbled Chinese?”)

When my order arrived wrapped up tight in knotted plastic bags wet with gravy, I said thank you in Mandarin, which drew silence and stares from the two babblers. A very wide Chinese man came out of the kitchen. The only thing I can say in Chinese, is “Thank you,” so I said that again and departed.

The food was awful but I might wash it off. Or dump it.

I felt fortunate just to get home.

I went for a long walk. This brings me to the topic of Senior Internet Dating, “long walks, holding hands, snuggling, and no games,” as women write in their Profile: “CouldItBeMe324?”

But that’s a separate true-life adventure tale, to be told another time.

Acosta Victorious [NOT!]

Acosta Victorious


Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. has temporarily reinstated Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials. In doing so, Kelly clearly indicated that his ruling was strictly based on Acosta’s right to due process pursuant to the 5th Amendment in the Constitution. While some in the media are calling this a victory for the press on First Amendment grounds, their celebration might be premature, as the only thing that Acosta was guaranteed by way of this ruling was a seat at future press conferences and/or briefings.

Kelly’s ruling was quite narrow in scope. Specifically, as set forth in a recent article in Hot Air, Kelly was bound by the Sherill case, where the majority stated:


[W]e are presented with a situation where the White House has voluntarily decided to establish press facilities for correspondents who need to report therefrom. These press facilities are perceived as being open to all bona fide Washington-based journalists, whereas most of the White House itself, and press facilities in particular, have not been made available to the general public. White House press facilities having been made publicly available as a source of information for newsmen, the protection afforded newsgathering under the first amendment guarantee of freedom of the press … requires that this access not be denied arbitrarily or for less than compelling reasons….

In our view, the procedural requirements of notice of the factual bases for denial, an opportunity for the applicant to respond to these, and a final written statement of the reasons for denial are compelled by the foregoing determination that the interest of a bona fide Washington correspondent in obtaining a White House press pass is protected by the first amendment. This first amendment interest undoubtedly qualifies as liberty which may not be denied without due process of law under the fifth amendment.

Pursuant to Sherill, the White House should have provided Acosta with adequate notice and an opportunity to respond prior to revoking his hard pass. The White House failed to do so. The subsequent question/issue of whether Acosta’s conduct/demeanor at the press conference provided a compelling enough reason for the White House to revoke his hard pass will likely be decided by a higher court at a future date.

While Acosta might have temporarily won the battle, he might have also uttered his last question at a White House press conference/briefing. While Kelly’s decision temporarily gave Acosta the right to attend White House press conferences, media briefings and other events, it did not grant Acosta the right to ask any questions, nor did it compel President Trump to field or entertain any of Acosta’s many questions.

Many could argue that Acosta brought this on himself. In a recent article in the New York Post, the Michael Goodwin stated: “As is his habit, Acosta doesn’t ask questions — he makes accusations and argues. Almost daily, he does it with the press secretary; Wednesday, he did it with the president.” Another recent article in The American Conservative was also critical of Acosta:

More importantly, self-aggrandizing harangues that turn the reporter into the story are not a legitimate form of journalism. As the Society of Professional Journalists warns, “injecting oneself into the story or creating news events for coverage is not objective reporting, and it ultimately calls into question the ability of a journalist to be independent, which can damage credibility.”

A reporter is entitled, and encouraged, to ask tough questions. In doing so, he/she should not argue and/or become belligerent and should ensure that his/her questions are objective and not self-serving. When these lines are blurred, this is problematic.

Acosta will have a lot of time to dwell about his most recent victory against the president. When other reporters are asking questions, Acosta will be able to sit there, stare at his hard pass, and think about how he one-upped President Trump.

Mr. Hakim’s articles have been published in the Washington Examiner, the Daily Caller, the Federalist, the Western Journal, American Thinkerand other online publications.  

Twitter: @ThoughtfulGOP


[PS: no matter what anybody else says, I can tell you Acosta did bring down his arm on the arm of the young lady hard enough to collapse her arm’s position, throw her forward and off balance, and could possibly have caused some form of injury. I was a courtroomqualified witness in testimony regarding exactly this sort of VIDEO EVIDENCE, for over 30 years. –JAF]


ANNOUNCING: Veteran’s Tales, a website for Veteran’s by Veterans

Vassar Bushmills

I’m extra pleased to announce the launching of a new website, by veteran’s for veterans, called “Veteran’s’ Tales”. I’ve been fortunate to join with Allen Ness, US Army Paratrooper, Master Sergeant, Retired, and Dave Poff, aka Haystack from RedState.com fame, to form a new 501 (3) c website, “Veterans’ Tales”.

I’m really excited about this program because it seems veterans have no place where they can go and share stories with their mates. And the world.

A lot of lost history there, and we mean to restore as much as we can, including letters and photos from family albums going back as far those family histories will provide, including extracting some poignant letters and stories from known works, such as Ernie Pyle, and Bill Mauldin.

I think this is a site of first instance.

***The basic premise will be based on military members’ encounters with people in surrounding communities, both in the US and abroad. As you know veterans have keener eyes and sensibilities about ordinary people, and it’s long been a goal of mine to restore that connection, which I began with my “Famous Common People I have Known” essays.

It was my short Lent Season story, here, about my Jeepney driver, Benny, in the Philippines in 1974 that caused some veterans to contact me and suggest this site.

But I also expect there will be other more sober and cathartic tales, as well; stories military members have kept buried for years. As a legal officer in the Far East during the Vietnam War I spent countless hours counseling with soldiers, from E-3 to Captain, about more sobering tales from Vietnam, Japan and Korea.

***The site is under construction, VeteransTales.org, and we need to raise money to carry us through the start-up, about 6 months, at which time we hope to have several thousand regular viewers. Right now our people are working without pay, but we plan to carry three (3) salaried positions.

A dedicated Donor site will be set up within the week. Every donor will be highlighted on a separate Sponsor page, but all the donors in this start-up phase will be specially recognized as Founders, regardless of the size of their donation.

***Most importantly, please pass this note onto to your friends, especially veterans and any local organizations you know who support veterans. We would like to establish some collaborations with them. And if you have stories, just from around the dinner table, I encourage you to share them.

I’ll post an update once the site is fully functional.

It will be easy to register, and write a Tale, as well as Recommend others’ Tales, and to comment, be part of the conversation. We will have moderators keeping the trolls outside the gate. Rules of conduct will also apply.

Since military members often call a spade a fritizing shovel, language will not be one of them, except for 2-3 words. But this will not be a political site, except where love of country is involved. I can think of all sorts of 4-letter words that will be allowed before mean and vicious language.

But moderators will be standing by just in case.

Thanks again.

Vassar Bushmills


Welcome To WoW Magazine!

Those of you familiar with the Watchers’ Council will realize that we have totally revamped our site. Not only that, but we’ve changed the entire way we do things!

Instead of our Weekly Contest, you’re now going to be able to enjoy fresh content daily from our stellar group of  Council members you’ve always enjoyed as well as from a lot of brand new contributors.

We’re still working on putting some of the mechanics together, but we’re confident that WoW! Magazine is going to turn out to be a regular stop for our many long time  fans as well as our new friends.

Welcome to WoW Magazine! It’s going to be provocative, exciting and most of all, fun!

A Few Words From Our Founder…

One of the great things about being a part of the Watchers Council isn’t the fame,the blogging groupies or the obscene amounts of money to be made but the great people you get to associate with.

For me, one of those people has always been the founder of the Watcher’s Council,the Watcher Emeritus who first conceived of the idea back in 2003.Ever since I first joined the Council back in 2005 and since his retirement, he and I have been in touch off and on, and I’m glad to say that’s he’s now back in the blogging world at last on his spiffy new site Crazy Bald Guy.

I finally talked him into an interview where he weighs in about the Council, its origins and blogging in general, insights from someone who was there at the creation, so to speak.

Rob: How did you first get involved in blogging?What attracted you to it?

Watcher Emeritus
: It was around the time that KSM was captured that I first started blogging… I had an interest in politics for a while before that, but never quite knew what to do with it. Sometime during the Clinton impeachment I got into the habit of arguing about politics online in various forums, and this habit intensified throughout the 2000 election… after 9/11 and the War on Terror began I started to notice that just about everyone had a blog. I decided to get one of my own so that I could have my own place to vent.

Rob: What first gave you the idea for the Watcher’s Council? How did you come up with the original bylaws and format? Was it trial and error,or did you pretty much have a good idea of how to proceed?

Watcher Emeritus: The Watcher’s Council came about when I noticed there so many blogging carnivals out there… I thought they could be a good way to promote blogs, but they seemed to have a bit too much randomness in the links being presented. I figured having some sort of vote would be the best way to filter through everything and try to put the focus more on quality than quantity. I thought on it for a while, and eventually came up with what I figured would be a pretty fair way to handle that kind of vote… then I settled on a few basic requirements for members to follow, and got started recruiting.

Rob: What was the most challenging part of getting the Council together? The biggest surprise?

Watcher Emeritus: Well, putting it together wasn’t so bad… the hardest part was probably just dealing with all the emails back and forth trying to spread the word about it. I was surprised that there seemed to be quite a few people interested in joining right off the bat, though I think it did take a while to completely fill up all the open spots. I also wrote a PHP script for myself to help me with all the vote counting.

Rob: When approximately did you stop being the Watcher and why?

Watcher Emeritus: I stopped blogging sometime in the middle of 2008… partly due to health problems, partly due to money problems, and partly due to just being burned out on everything in general.

Rob: What was your initial reaction to finding out we’ve kept it going all this time? Were you aware that the members kept the Council going after you left? What was your reaction?When approximately did you become aware we were still alive and kickin’?

Watcher Emeritus: Even after I quit blogging I would still lurk here and there, and comment once in a while in a few places, so I could see things were still going… nice to see it still going strong for so long.Yeah, I was glad to see that it didn’t end just because I had to stop.

Rob: While keeping to the basic format and traditions you set up,the Council has evolved quite a bit. How would you compare then and now? Do you feel the quality of the content overall has improved, declined, or remained the same? (loaded question, that last one!)

Watcher Emeritus: If you had to make a few minor adjustments in order to keep things going, I can’t really complain… without you it wouldn’t be there at all anymore, so thanks for all the work you’ve put into it. And it’s hard to really compare between then and now, the membership was always in flux even when I was still running things. The current members have been writing a lot of quality stuff though, my hat’s off to you all. It’s really nice to see that at least a few people have stuck around this whole time.

Rob: As a blogging pioneer, what are your thoughts on how blogging has evolved and where it’s heading?

Watcher Emeritus: I guess maybe I have been blogging for a while now, but it’s hard for me to call myself a pioneer… by the time I started my own blog it seemed to me like everyone else already had one. It’s been interesting to see the impact that Twitter has had on blogging… I notice that many bloggers now also use Twitter, and some bloggers have even scaled back their blogging to the point where they are using Twitter almost exclusively. You can’t say very much in a single tweet, but I find Twitter is a very useful way to fill in the gaps when I just can’t seem to cough up a full blog post… it’s also a handy way to find new things to blog about.

Rob: Aside from Twitter, social media like Reddit and Facebook seem to be driving a great deal of blogging traffic nowadays. What’s your reaction to that?

Watcher Emeritus: Hmmmm, not sure. I know what Reddit is, but don’t think I’ve ever used it before… I don’t have a Facebook page myself, so all my Facebook experience comes from following links to there from blogs, not the other way around. When I’m not fussing with my blog or reading another blog somewhere else, I tend to be on either Twitter or Youtube.

Rob: Any words of wisdom or thoughts in general you’d like to pass on to your loyal acolytes?

Watcher Emeritus: Never try to boil eggs in the microwave, it won’t end well.