Category Archives: Society

The Many Uses of the ‘Grocery Cart’


LOL, strange title, story? The grocery cart was invented on June 4th, 1937 by Sylvan Goldman. The owner of “Humpty Dumpty” stores in Oklahoma. But as you see by the picture its uses have been used for many reasons far from a loaf of bread and gallon of milk. This picture here is the most unique of all I think. It was used by a trucking company that had a steam jenny and they used it for extending the hose. Quite creative. 🙂

Retro in Vogue

Retro is back in vogue. But, not necessarily in the way you may think that phraseology implies.

The retro here is for retroactive, such as when say a pay raise is retroactive back to a certain date behind us, but were not compensated at the time at the higher rate of enumeration.

Or when lawmakers have found the courts frown on attempts to make a certain crime or punishment retroactive due to the uproar from the public or their own disgust over a situation.

Lawbreakers have the protection of being tried, convicted and sentenced not on some new law or new enlightenment on a given crime based on the law and sentencing applicable at the time of the crime. To do otherwise would be unfair and violation of one’s civil rights under our Constitution.

Yet, we are seeing a rush to judgment today based on new emotions, new thinking, new intolerance or new toleration for those of fame, money or power when it comes to what is and is not acceptable behavior in dating, in relationships, in attempts to woo or otherwise engage with another in some type of sexual contact.

We thought we had hit the mother lode when Bill Cosby was arrested and sent to his fate before a jury of his peers.

How little did we know that a couple of years later, the whole country is suddenly incensed in a manner similar to the villagers rising up with torches and pitch forks to make the world “safe” from Dr. Frankenstein’s monster.

I can readily understand the desire to get a scrupulous pound of flesh for those within the decade who have been weighed and found wanting in the realm of unwelcomed sexual contact. But when we attempt to apply today’s standards to actions decades (plural) old to destroy a person on what at the time (though wrong at the time) was not activity roundly decried, is not right.

Should these, mostly men acting badly and without thought, transgressors be judged on the distant past and all the good negated and their change in thought and action ignored because now it is suicide to act in such a boorish and insensitive way?

Should the guilty be allowed to continue the good, repent for their past sins and move on?

For those who are still guilty, still transgressing, that is a different venue and the current moral standards and laws apply, no doubt about it.

Remember when Jesus and His disciples were confronted by the mob with a woman who had been caught in the throes of adultery? Jesus squat down and wrote in the sand with His finger.

When He spoke, it was soft, yet firm, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

After the crowd sheepishly melted away, Jesus was left with the woman. He asked, “Where are your accusers?”

The woman noted they were gone.

Jesus then said the immortal words, “Neither do I condemn thee…

That’s where most of us stop. But stopping there leaves out the most important part of what Jesus had to say.

The final five words were the key to forgiveness, “Go and sin no more.”

From the Cornfield, what these men did was not right, but we must temper our outrage with wisdom.

For those who have moved on, who have gone their way since their sins and crimes to “sin no more“, should be allowed to apologize, make amends and continue to be a benefit to society.

For those who continue to wallow in the mud and slop of their self-delusion and debauchery, let there be a reckoning.

Rochester Weather!


Right now it’s 50 in Rochester. We’re looking for a high of 61, a low of 49. Possible chance of rain-showers, 90%.

Have a great Sunday from the Rochester Bureau.

Amish Phone Booth

This is a 3 -holer and it’s pretty fancy compared to what they usually have.

Sanctimonious Outrage with Injustice for All

Roman Polanski – Alleged inappropriate relations with a minor
Woody Allen – Alleged affair with former wife’s adopted daughter then marrying her
Bill Cosby – Alleged drugged women and took advantage of them without consent
All three are current members of the Directors Guild, who have never been kicked out for their alleged flaws and crimes.
Harvey Weinstein – Alleged abuse and rape, kicked out of Directors Guild, fired from company he founded.
Why?
What dirt do the other three have on the Guild that guards their membership?
From the Cornfield, this inquiring mind wants answers.

Being American

By virtue of having been born on the soil of the United States of American at Welborn Baptist Memorial Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, I can proudly proclaim I am an American.
But – what does it mean beyond being an offspring fortunate enough for my nativity to be in this country?
What distinguishes a person as an American other than the site of birth?
How can we tell who is an American versus who may be, say, a Canadian, who speaks and looks like most Americans?
There is no singular ethnicity to set us apart as American.
There is no particular racial classification, but a hodgepodge of all races and sub-sections.
There is no single country of colonization of this portion of the North American continent.
There is no official language.
There is no particular genetic marker to trace who is and is not an American – such as eye or hair color, skin pigmentation. An American, as the words in a children’s song, may be red and yellow, black or white.
Physical characteristics, speech and dialects, none of the usual suspects define an American.
New Americans come into the world almost every day – and not – by birth.
Americans are not persuaded or aligned with a state religion or practice of faith and spirituality. In fact, one can be an American without any belief system that envisions a power greater than ourselves.
Other than a predominance of democracy and federalism, Americans do not pledge allegiance to a universal ideology or political persuasion. Political leanings are all over the map.
Some Americans amble through life with no basis in the alter-verse of politics or ideology. 
From the Cornfield, I can beat my chest and swell with pride by virtue of birth to be an American.
But what other than that marks me as an American?
Some can lay hold to the honor of being an American through the process of naturalization, denouncing any and all allegiance to the country of their birth or country of last residence.
Many of these Americans are more patriotic and willing to lay down their lives for their adopted country than those who are homegrown, to their shame.
The belief in and living up to the radical idea ascribed by the Founding Fathers that an American will defend to the death, pledging honor and fortune to protect and uphold the belief that all humans are endowed by their Creator with “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is what makes me able to crow, “I am American.”
Not – because I was born in the Cornfield.
If you are an American, what makes you – other than birth – an American?

Railyard Steakhouse

Treating Mrs. Heyseed for her birthday today!

Hold Your Head Up

The refrain from the classic song by Argent has added meaning, not just for me, but Americans everywhere today.
For me on a personal levels hearing, Hold your head up,” pushes me to keep up the fight.
For the millions of us Americans, following senseless mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, the words us the strength to not be cowed by a madman.
We will weep.
We will mourn.
We will struggle with survivor’s guilt. We will not quit living.
We will not back down.
We are Americans!

Dear NFL…

The wife of America’s late, ace sharpshooter pens an open letter about the current controversy swirling around the National Football League:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/09/26/american-snipers-wife-taya-kyle-open-letter-to-nfl.html