Sunday, November 19, 2017

Nothing Will Change

It was suggested the other day that the sexual harassment scandal has changed the environment on harassment. I don't see that happening. Here's why:

1. The things feminists think are true aren't. The law criminalizes rape and makes sexual harassment a legal claim. Corporations have strict rules in place already. Juries do punish defendants. Claims to the contrary are delusional. So when they claim that this is what they want, they aren't actually asking for anything that isn't already there. Hence, nothing will change.

2. Maybe this will swing things in their favor, right? Wrong. First, look at what has actually come from this scandal. The only guys to lose their jobs are people who self-reported their misconduct to their boards of directors and a handful of super predators (Weinstein, Spacey, Ratner). The rest got away without punishment. And even with those punished, there are no criminal actions and civil actions will be paid by insurance. Even then, industry people are falling over themselves to lament what has happened to these "good" men and to talk about ways they can get back in the system's good graces. This signals that after a handful of scapegoats are pretend punished, the rest will have their sins washed away, and then the scapegoats will be forgiven.

3. Or consider how corporations will respond. They will talk about having zero tolerance, but there is nothing for corporations to gain from a PR perspective from stamping this out. If a corporation aggressively tries to stamp this out, they will constantly be in the news as having a problem. In effect, they will look worse than their competitors who sweep the issue under the rug. It will also destroy moral as the corporation becomes a land of witch hunts. So why go harder than they currently do?

4. But more women will now come forward. Really? The failure of these women to name more than a handful of men shows there is no will to pursue this. It's the pussy-head rally all over again: "I am woman, hear me whine and then go home... hopefully someone will fix this." Seriously, think about what has happened. A handful of men have been identified who raped multiple women and yet (1) there are no rallies, no boycotts -- to the contrary, there are people talking about how these men can be rehabilitated, (2) law enforcement attempts to do anything have been feeble to nonexistent, and (3) they haven't even outed the men they claim did this. All of this signals a willingness to let this continue.

5. Women won't change the behavior that makes them targets for these men and which protects the men. They will still happily let these things happen in exchange for a film career or modeling career or advancement. And if they won't name men in this ideal environment, when will they?

6. The victims have put together no list of changes they want. That's the end right there. It also allows everyone else to escape through virtue signalling. Moreover, they have overplayed their hand by trying to claim that all men everywhere are doing this. It makes them Chicken Little. Chicken Little gets ignored.

7. If laws or policies were changed to be more aggressive, gays and women will be caught in the net as much as men. Feminists know this and know they need to avoid that or their whole cause, which is built upon the idea that men are evil and women are naive helpless victims, will collapse.

8. The attempts to ignore or downplay the men who were harassed, women who have done the harassing, and gay harassment turn this from a moral outrage to a political cause, and as such, it is a minority cause. The rise of really dubious claims and the Democratic failure to deal with Franken (while obsessing over the two Republicans named) turn this into a political issue rather than a moral crisis. That's the end.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Vacation

Howdy, everyone! I know this is short notice, but I'm taking a week long vacation. We're going to Disney World. I will try to put out something during the week and I'll check in now and then, but if it takes a while for me to answer, that's why. Happy Thanksgiving week!
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Statistics Prove You Wrong

Let's dispel some wishful thinking masquerading as logic.

The 'Epidemic' of Sexual Harassment: Victimhood wanting women have concluded that because sexual harassment in Hollywood is so much in the news now that they have proven that there is an epidemic/culture of this nationwide. Forget that they've lodged almost no allegations against men who aren't in the entertainment industry or leftist media, so the idea of a nationwide issue is an evasion. But lets look at Hollywood only. Is there even an epidemic in Hollywood? Hardly.

By my count, a grand total of around 20 men have been accused of harassment against women, with about half being in Hollywood. Yet, according to the Bureau of Labor, there are roughly 65,000 working actors and there 135,000 working producers and directors. No doubt there are many more unemployed. Still, just going with those means there are 200,000 actors, producers and directors. A grand total of 20ish have been accused of harassment. That works out to 0.01%. That's not an epidemic. To the contrary, that's evidence that things are going quite well.

If we were being honest, the real story here would be:
(1) How little harassment there is in Hollywood.
(2) How all these men are liberals who have attacked conservatives for hating women and who often disguise themselves as feminists.
(3) How many actresses sold their silence for economic gain.
(4) How many women were raped because the "strong" women under (2) kept their silence.
(5) How many women continue to play the game of claiming to be harassed but refusing to provide details even in an environment where disclose will be without punishment and the damage from failing to disclose is obvious. That's a definite sign of deceit.
(6) How these liberals are now asserting defenses they denied to conservatives.
Essentially, feminists are hoping to create a "movement" to fight this "epidemic" even though it is nothing more than a handful of idiosyncratic predators who were aided by the very feminists who now want to smear innocent people. Shameful.

BTW, this is why this is becoming about gays.


Football and CTE: From the Chicago Tribune:
"At this point, a heavy burden of proof lies on those defending the game. A study of the brains of 202 deceased football players by neurologists at Boston University found markers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in 99 percent of NFL veterans and 91 percent of those who played only through college.

Skeptics scoff that the brains are unrepresentative because they were donated by those who suspected something was wrong. But the number of documented victims is too large to be dismissed."
The skeptics are right. This is called Adverse Selection, when people with a particular issue all flock to something creating a false impression of what the general population looks like. Each year, there are 1,696 players are on NFL teams (not counting extras). Around 2,880 are on teams in the off-season. So if all of these 202 people came from one year, then yes, that would be big. But we're talking about people who played from over 70 years of football. Conservatively, that means the population is over 60,000 players. 200 divided by 60,000 makes them 0.3% of the population of players. That's statistically insignificant and it's made even less trustworthy because of the adverse selection issue. These 202 players are people who thought they had problems.

If 202 of these 60,000 went to see the doctor because they had butt pain, and each turned out to have rectal cancer, would you conclude that football causes rectal cancer? If you would, then you'd be an idiot. But the number is too large to dismiss... right? Wrong. Again, these people selected themselves out of the population. You cannot draw conclusions about the larger group from this sample.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thought For The Day

Liberals like to claim that we are all alike. You hear it in songs ("People are the same wherever we go"), you hear it as a smear whenever there is a war ("they're just like us!"), and you hear it as self-righteous verbal-bation all the time in the immigration debate. Everyone is fundamentally the same. Got it.

Yet, we're told to celebrate diversity. But how can there be anything more than superficial diversity if we are all fundamentally the same? And if diversity is only superficial, what is the point in protecting it? That's like protecting the difference between Cubs fans and Pacers fans. It is a chosen veneer only that can hardly be considered worthy of legal protection. Heck, what is there even to learn from something so superficial?

On the other hand, if there is more than superficial differences between cultures and peoples of color and peoples of gender, then shouldn't we be allowed to examine those differences and act accordingly rather than pretending they don't exist? For example, if black culture endorses something stupid that keeps their kids from getting the education they need, shouldn't we be allowed to point that out and fix it rather than needing to pretend that there is no difference between whites and black while we celebrate the difference?

Honestly, only a liberal can hold all these contradictory thoughts at the same time because they don't think.

And let me toss this out there... if we really do "celebrate diversity," then why are we told that blacks, gays and women are all monolithic collectives with lock-step views? Last I looked, Africa was made up of hundreds of different cultures, just as women come from thousands of cultures and religions. How can they all be the same? Is there no diversity? Apparently, not.

And the left dares to complain about our culture being made bland and uniform by corporate America?! Ha!

One more thing, since we're told all the time that men can never know the pain of being women and whites will never understand the suffering of blacks, why bother celebrating any of this crap? If someone cannot learn X, then there's no point in trying to teach them X. Or perhaps, if you can't explain X, then you just suck as a teacher. Or maybe you can't explain X because X isn't really real, is it?

Bonus Round: Evolution is real and causes species to develop special traits whenever they are isolated from each other. People evolved in relative isolation everywhere. Yet, we are told that people identical. Good luck figuring that one out.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Idiot View of the Constitution

During this whole anthem controversy, the kneelers and their supporters have really proved just how dumb leftists are when it comes to the laws of the United States and the Constitution – keep in mind the irony that it is our laws they are protesting. In particular, they don’t seem to understand what the First Amendment to the Constitution is or is not. At various times, they have claimed that the First Amendment:

1. Should protect them from their employers retaliating for what they said.

2. Should force their employers to give them a platform to speak their minds.

3. Prevents others from criticizing them.
Of course, the First Amendment does no such thing. It prevents the GOVERNMENT from criminalizing speech. That’s it. It doesn’t even stop the government from limiting that speech or where it may be spoken, and it has no application whatsoever to private employers. Hence, the kneelers are wrong on all three parts.

A similar ignorance has arisen with a woman named Briskman, who got herself photographed flipping off the Presidential motorcade. After she warned her company that this picture had gone viral, they fired her. Now social media is freaking out that she could be fired for “expressing her free speech rights on her own time.” Yep, except those “free speech rights” only restrict the government from punishing her, not her employer or anyone else. Whine all you want leftist, but this is a valid consequence of what she did.

Other are also learning this week that the horribly oppressive laws they thought the US had aren’t so bad after all:
(1) Speaking of Free Speech, a US journalist in Zimbabwe sent out a tweet that “insulted” local dictator Robert Mugabe. She called him a “sick man.” That's protected speech in the US... not in Zimbabwe. She’s facing 20 years in prison. I guess not being punished after kneeling for the national anthem isn’t so oppressive after all, is it whiners?

(2) A woman brought 250 pain pills into Egypt for her husband, who happens to be in jail there. If you brought 250 pills into the US, obtained with your own prescription, customs doesn’t even look at you. Leave the "oppressive" US, however, and things are different. She’s now facing the death penalty. Whoops. Wanna bet she's wishing she had been oppressed here instead?

(3) Three UCLA basketball players in China for an exhibition game may have shoplifted. In the US, this is barely a crime. If they charge you, it’s typically with a 90 day sentence that the judge will suspend for good conduct. But they aren’t in the US, and once you leave the "oppressive" US, you are treated a little differently. Unless a deal is cut, they are facing four months of being held before bail is set and then they face 3-10 years in prison depending on the amount they took. I guess the US ain’t so oppressive after all! BTW, China has a 99.2% conviction rate of those charged.
Leftists and idiots love to whine about how bad the US is, but they are usually ignorant. They have no idea that the rights and protections that exist here don’t overseas and that the punishments they face here are insignificant compared to those overseas. At the same time, they invent "rights" here that oppress the people they oppose and they never grant those same rights to the people they don’t like.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NYC Mayoral Election Day!

So today it election day in NYC. His main competition is Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican, who represents part of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and East Shore, Staten Island in the New York State Assembly. She certainly has shown up more than our last Republican, Joe Lhota, who ran against De Blasio. Most likely De Blasio will win a 2nd term, but I am not sure he will serve all four years. There is mounting evidence of his pay-for-play issues and the main defendant who has been implicated in political bribery is singing like a nightingale. More on that another day.

But wait, there's more! We have three issues for proposals on the ballot that are making politicians very nervous:

Prop 1 asks voters whether they want to hold a state constitutional convention. If this passes, then maybe we can get some ethics reform written into our constitution.

Prop 2 would give judges the right to trim or revoke pensions of elected officials and other public employees if they’re convicted of felonies related to their official positions. And seeing how we've had at least 25 elected officials jailed since 2010, this just seems like a no=brainer. If elected officials steal from the taxpayers and are jailed for it, the taxpayers should not have to fund their retirement post-incarceration. As of now, these criminals serve their time and get to keep their pensions including our former Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority leader who were both convicted of crimes against the taxpayer - appeals are pending.

Prop 3 asks voters whether they want to give local governments the right to use 250 acres of forest preserve for local projects. This would "amend the Constitution’s “forever wild” clause to let towns use small parcels of the Adirondacks and Catskills “forest preserve” for vital projects, like laying electric lines, digging wells or eliminating roadway hazards. In exchange, the state would buy 250 acres of private land to add to the preserve. If towns need more later, the state could buy more. In the past, towns have had to work out individual deals and present them, one by one, as ballot proposals making tiny changes to the Constitution — which takes years. Prop 3 paves the way for vital projects to get done sooner and at lower cost, without shrinking the size of the forest preserve. The only losers are the fixers who profit from the current crazy system." - NY Post

Anyway, I will keep you posted.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Back In My Day...

It has become a click bait world. I wonder if people of the past would have fallen for this?

● How George Washington looks now will amaze you!

● Someone says something stupid and the Internet loses its mind!

● Founding Fathers who are now broke!

● FDR has perfect two minute response to Twitter troll!

● A new super leach doctors don't want you to know about!

● Did Nazis influence election of FDR?
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Commentarama Car Buyer's Guide

It’s time for the annual Commentarama Car Buyer's guide to help you pick out a car. A car is an expression of who we are. They are our alter egos. They are our pride and joys. They are how most of us take unreasonable risks with our lives. What could be sweeter?! With that in mind, hopefully, this will help you make that all important decision.

● Looking for somewhere to put those COEXIST and STOP RACISM and DOWN WITH WHITE PEOPLE bumper stickers? Do you need a rack on which to store your bike? Get a Subaru. Show your environmental credential by belching black smoke as you lecture others on the need to stop Global Warming and saving the snipes. How does it drive? Slow. But who cares, the slower you go, the more people can read your bumper stickers.

● Ladies! Are you confused by the numbers on a dash board? Are you only vaguely aware of other drivers? Did you fail an IQ test? Do you automatically retreat to your cell phone when you drive? Then the minivan is for you. Wrap yourself in oblivious comfort as you ignore all the distractions the road has to offer... other cars, street lights, kids in crosswalks. (NOTE: Car may not be driven by men without first being medically castrated.)

● Gents. Are you a little slow on the uptake? Are your reflexes twice as slow as the other guys? Do you feel the need to be able to carry something at a moments notice even if you never will? Do you want to blot out the sun? Then buy a pickup truck bigger than a school bus! Soon you’ll be blocking the view of other drivers everywhere as you struggle to stay in one lane or park your vehicle in four spots. Heck, your engine will be so loud you need to turn the thing off to place your order at the drive through. Trust us, no one will ever question the size of your d*ck again!

● Ladies. How’s that job at the strip club working for you? Did you know that not all sun blotting pickup trucks are bought by your customers? You can buy one too. Just don’t expect to have any ability to grasp where the thing sits on the road as you have no sense of spatial relationship. Who cares though, right? Curbs were meant to be crushed beneath your giant tires.

● Are you f**cking angry as hell? Would you destroy the world if you could? Does Starbucks not get your goddamn order right? How f**cking stupid are those people!! I said skinny latte! Then a cross-over/mid-size SUV is for you. Drive people off the road. You are the only one that matters! And always remember, it’s not a f***cking minivan!!

● Is your sister hot? Get it jacked up. Any old pick up truck or SUV will do so long as your car’s center of gravity is higher than your head. And if you’re too lazy to jack it up (or too high on ganja), then get yourself an old 1970’s style Econoline Van.

● Does your scrotum hang to your knees? It’s sport scar time Mr. Boomer. Trust us. Buy yourself a sleek speed machine and the chicks will beat a path to your door. You still have it, my friend. Also available in extra posh for men who need people to know they have money.

● Hello, sexy but aging ladies. Do you want to feel young and cute again? How about a mini Cooper or aVW Bug? No one will notice the gray. You go girl!

● Do you live in a cult? Do you operate a day care center? Or are you just on the prowl for a special little “friend” to kidnap and take to Kevin Spacey’s house? Then you are required to own a white van. Sorry, no substitutions.

● Are you better than everyone else? Buy an Audi A8 or A6. Don’t have the money to prove that you’re better? Buy an Audi A4. Don’t have that much money? Get a VW. The new Audi/VW comes with smug sensing crumple zones and a three year scandal guarantee.

● Does Allah speak to you? Does he ask you to touch yourself? Then go rental.

Can you tell what's been on my mind?
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Pattern?

It seems to me there is a pattern in this whole sexual assaultapolooza. Maybe you can help me spot it. Here’s what we know so far:

Hard-Core Liberals:
Harvey Weinstein
James Toback
Kevin Spacey
Jeremy Pivon
Andy Dick
Ben Affleck
Matt Damon (cover-up)
Nickelodeon Producer
Head of Amazon Studios
TV Chef John Besh
Journalist Marc Halperin
NPR Editor/NYT Executive
New Republic Editor
Editorial Director of Vox
Conservatives:
GW Bush (senile)
There must be some pattern there. I just can’t see it. How about this: “Strong” women who kept silent and let these well-known predators go after unsuspecting actresses: 290+ so far. And don’t forget, there are still dozens out there apparently, who these “strong” women won’t name... for no legitimate reason whatsoever.

You know, this looks like the kind of cess in which liberalism swims. It was sexy when JFK had an affair. Bill Clinton’s rapes turned liberal women on. Hillary set out to destroy the women who accused him. For thirty years hundreds of liberal women let their sisters get assaulted by these predators without a word. Even now, they won’t name the predators who are still out there. And all the while, all of these people were whining about an invented “war on women” by conservatives.

Are you seeing my point?

Every once in a while, a conservatives gets caught doing something asinine: the televangelists, Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly, and they go down in flames with conservatives taking them down. Liberals? Liberals give their ideological fellow travelers a pass until they the stench become too high to deny. Let’s hope this scandal keeps going and going and going.
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

No Contradiction There!

Whiners whiners everywhere and I can't give a crap.

● If the “strong” women who couldn’t report being repeatedly raped and harassed by Weinstein for decades really want to be taken seriously, then stop posing in your damn underwear. You can’t sell your body and then whine when people treat you as a sex object.

● Blake Lively (and others) whined about being discriminated against because reporters asked which designer they were wearing when they attended some women’s conference. The next week, she announced that she would be the spokeschickie for some fashion designer/makeup company. See a contradiction there?

● Amber Tamblyn claims that the only reason Harvey Weinstein went down was that Hillary lost and women decided to stand up for themselves. Such idiocy. So she's saying that if we had elected Hillary, Amber and friends would have let predator Weinstein keep molesting young women? That’s nice. How does that make electing Hillary a good thing?

Notice also that the response to evil Trump being elected is that a group of women finally told the truth about something they’d been covering up to protect their careers. So Trump made honest women of them.

Or, said differently, to get even with the public for the election of Trump, a group of leftist Hollywood starlets destroyed one man... the biggest Hollywood bundler for Democratic causes. Does that make sense to anyone? Maybe it would make more sense if they were wearing hats shaped like genitalia on their heads? Idiots.

● Terry Richards is a pervert. This has long been known with the fashion industry and even among the public. I knew it and I barely know who this guy is. He all but molests models. So this week, the fashion industry decided to blacklist him for his sexual crimes. My question is this: why was his well-known behavior considered acceptable for 30 years?

● The Houston Texans should change their logo to a snowflake... or a moron. Apparently, the playas are upset because the owner said, “We can’t let the inmates run the prison.” Putting aside any anger they feel for him getting the saying wrong, these coddled millionaire delicates apparently don’t realize that this is a common expression used by millions of people to say that management can’t let the people they manage make the decisions. It’s not racist. It does not imply that the employees are “inmates.” Yet, the Texans are moron victim-wannabes, so they’re all butthurt about it. Waaaaah!

Let’s be real about this for a moment, shall we? Why in the world would white managers want to hire black people when the public experience with them is this? Would you hire someone who will misconstrue everything to be racism and then stage protests about it? The answer seems pretty obvious. So while it may be fun to whine like a bitch about being fake-victimized, the damage these delicate millionaires are doing to the cause of black people is immense.

Ditto on the sexual harassment thing. Right now, you have women claiming harassment that is decades old and based on things that should never be considered harassment: “He asked me out! He looked at me! He complimented me on my clothing! I felt uncomfortable around him! He told a joke involving women/sex/something I don’t like!” Would you hire someone who might decide to become a victim 20 years down the road. That’s like hiring a booby trap... no pun intended. Again, how does this help the women who aren't idiots?

● Ford’s new slogan is “Always Unstoppable.” Does that sound like a great slogan for a car company?
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Interesting Times

Things are definitely going wrong for the left.

1. In the last couple days, it has been revealed that Clinton paid for the fake dossier created to embarrass Trump and then lied about funding it for over a year. The MSM is pissed, and this story is making Clinton look really bad while vindicating Trump.

2. Clinton's dirty deal letting the Russians take over American uranium mines in exchange for two million dollars in "donations" has killed the Trump-was-in-league-with-Russia industry, something the left was counting on very much to unseat Trump. Suddenly, no one on the left wants to talk about Russia.

3. The left seems to be getting worse at organizing day by day. Instead of a useless pussy-head rally or a counter-productive BLM riot, they're now planning to all scream helplessly to the sky (God?) on the anniversary of the election... because that will achieve nothing. It also makes them look even more like idiots.

4. I think this Hollywood thing is starting to implode. First, you have a bad guy (Matt Damon) pretend to be a leader of the good guys and no one speaks up. Ben Affleck escaped to rehab. Only two names have been tossed out even as these women claim to have been harassed by thousands of different men. Corey Feldman is exploiting the crisis for fund raising. The SJW's are apparently worried about the lack of blacks being harassed. And try as they might, they can't seem to find harassers beyond the (leftist) entertainment industry. At this point, this all has the feel of having switched from substance to circus, which is usually the end of the matter.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Don't Panic!

Okay, I don't want to start a panic, but this could be really bad.

Okay, okay, okay, calm down! Don't worry, I have a plan that just might work to save us! Stay with me here. Here's my plan. If we could get every person, animal, and moving object to just run in the westwardly direction at the same time for about an hour or so, maybe, just maybe, we could get the Earth moving faster again. It would be just like a giant NordicTrak!

Now, I haven't done the exact math mainly because I am not good at math, but I figure it might just work give or take an hour or two..maybe a week? Oh, we can work out those kinds of minor details later. That's what we have all those mathemeticians, physicists, and NASA for anyway!

And here is another net positive to this obviously feasible plan - every single person on Earth would be so occupied with working together getting those steps in, no one would be warring, no one would be harassing, and most importatntly, all the politicians, pundits, and prevaricators would be so out of breath, they would finally shut up for an hour or so! Brilliant, huh?

Anyway, that's my plan to save Earth. Other than that, I've got nothing. Any of you have any other ideas?
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Turn On The News Machine!!

News Glut, Day 311...

● We have our second (recently) exposed pervert in Hollywood. This is a director named James Toback. I don’t really know his career, but he seems minor enough to sacrifice. He’s been accused by 38 women of generally tricking them into going somewhere private and then jerking off in front of them. Weinstein did that too. I guess it’s a Hollywood thing to jerk yourself off in front of someone. Weirdos. Anyways, I’m still waiting for a real purge in Hollywood.

● Is it just me or does Matthew McConnaughey seem more and more like a pedophile in his ads? My daughters think of him as “gross” (greasy hair and bad skin). I guess that makes him a good spokesman for Wild Turkey though.

● Patton Oswalt, a small time Hollywood comedian, is exploiting his wife’s death (drugs, heart condition) to help his career. He claims to have “found” a letter from his dead wife in which she smeared Donald Trump in 2004. Yeah, no sale. That said, I’m sure the late night fools with lap this up.

● This Gold Star thing is idiotic. It’s just a bunch of the usual suspects pretending to freak out about something that never would have upset them if someone else had said it. There is nothing insensitive about saying, “He knew what he was signing up for, but when it happens is hurts anyway.” And the fact they need to cut the quote short to make it sound insensitive proves it. Now the mother has produced a tape recording. Hmm. What’s that about? Does she just record all her conversations or only those that might prove useful? This reeks of that Code Pink chick, Cindy something, who exploited the death of her son to attack Bush.

● I’m sad I don’t get to see Dodgers v. Yankees in the World Series. That would have been a cool reminder of my childhood.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mindfulness To Mindlessness

So have you heard about the new movement called "Mindfulness"? Well, it's actually not new as it has been around since the 1970's, but let me explain. Basically it's meditation to center oneself in the here and now, or as Wikipedia states:
“Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.”

The NYC public school system is beginning to institute this practice in our public schools to help promote calm, focused children and even setting aside special spaces for the daily meditations. Now I only bring this up because, well, I started grade school in those way-back times when we still had prayer in school. At the beginning of every day, we would say the Pledge of Allegience in unison, and either sit or stand quietly and have our daily devotional. Then our day would begin with each child now calm and ready to listen to our lessons and focused as a group.

I think this is great idea, but I am also just a little confused. Meditation is an ancient religious practice in Buddhism and Hinduism and let me be honest, it is just prayer. Basically, the NY public school system is reintroducing this kind of practice back in the school system, but how is this any different from prayer which was banned decades ago for being unconstitutional. I reiterate that I think this is a great idea to have this devoted moment of focused calm, but...it's just reintroducing the ancient religious practice of prayer which we got rid of because it was...oh nevermind. Let's just say that maybe there was some method to our previous generations' madness afterall.

And moving on, now for some mindlessness. So, our Governor Cuomo has approved a plan for General Motors to road test their new experimental driverless cars in Lower Manhattan next year - LINK. First let me say this, I don't trust GM to make a car with a driver that will not fall apart, so how on Earth will GM make driverless cars that will? Don't get me started on my long running issues with GM cars!

Secondly, why on God's Green Earth, are they approved to test this out in THE most congested, chaotic place on Earth with a car that has no driver. I'm not just talking crazy cab drivers and maniacal trucks weaving unexpectedly through traffic. We're talking buses, pedestrians including thousands of tourist who run amok, and cyclists who I rarely if ever see one actually stop for a red light I would faint dead away. I forsee death, destruction, and more mayhem than usual. But what makes this even better is Gov. Cuomo didn't even bother to consult with Mayor de Blasio or even the Dept of Transporation in NYC before the public announcement. If nothing else, it should be entertaining to witness.

Okay, do your stuff.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

More Thoughts

We are in a dessert of genuine of news... the sound of one hand clapping. But here goes. Some thoughts.

● I am Spartacus. That's kind of how Hollywood feels right now. If you are an actress, you better report being molested asap before the ride closes. Was that flippant? See, it's not that I don't believe you... well, actually it is. I don't believe you, especially if you won't name names. "Strong women" my ass.

As an aside, Reece Witherspoon's story about being made to do a naked lineup as a way to be made to lose weight was a woman director, not a man. The media seems to keep skipping little details like that. Where is Algore to give us 'Inconvenient Truths PART 3'?

The #metoo people seem to have stopped reporting numbers... probably because it's truly underwhelming.

● There have been some horrific child killings in the news lately. A mother put her toddlers in the oven to kill them. A 19 year old stabbed his two younger siblings to death locally so he would be alone. Some dude claimed he made his daughter stand by a tree at 3 am because she wouldn't drink milk and she vanished, but the evidence is showing he killed her. BTW, she was 22 pounds at one point as a child. What is wrong with people?

● Meanwhile, it turns out that opioids killed more people in 2016 (64,070) than died in Vietnam (58,000). People are now going into a tizzy. Of course, let us put this in perspective. Few of those 64,070 will be missed. Moreover, 92 million Americans have been prescribed opioids this year alone. That means a death rate of 0.00007%. That's hardly an epidemic. Yet, people aren't smart and they hear a big number and panic. So now it will become nearly impossible to get very useful pain pills because a few thousand hillbillies overdosed. Wonderful.

● Have you seen this idiot who went to Afghanistan with his wife to missionary to people behind enemy lines? Surprise, they were captured and tortured and one of their kids was killed... and now they're acting shocked. Stick your head in a lion's mouth and you will suffer. Duh.

● Finally, my daughter has managed to put Greek Mythology into perspective in one evil swoop: "their real problem was Zeus and his junk." Oy vey.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Open Thread

I got nothing. Seriously, nuthin'. The Harvey Weinstein scandal is proceeding as expected with the herd striking out with blind rage at those who don't conform to the collective's position. Trump gave Obamacare a death blow and only the Democratic leadership seems to get it. The GOP keeps attacking Trump because they are Hillary in drag. Hillary is having to deny that Bill Clinton told her the truth about her book and campaign. That's really about it.

So let me leave you with this. We are all made of atoms that are essentially immortal. Does that make us immortal in a sense? What do you think this means for the existence of the human soul?
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

There Is Evil... Then There Are Democrats

Just a thought. You know all the things liberals claim are beyond evil, right? And how they love to blame them on everyone else? Like how they are acting like the Harvey Weinstein thing is part of some "epidemic" and therefore attacking Weinstein's crimes and Hollywood's hypocrisy is "politicizing" things. Well, consider this:

Democrat Thomas Jefferson... slave owner

Democrat Andrew Jackson... trail of tears

The Democratic South... slavery, fought Civil War to keep slaves, imposed slavery in other form in Reformation Era, segregation until the 1960s.

Democrat Woodrow Wilson... racist... lied to get country into World War I

Democrat FDR... interned Japanese-American citizens

Democrat Harry Truman... only human to drop atomic bomb on civilian populations

Democrat JFK... tried to assassinate foreign leaders, illegal invasion of Cuba, started Vietnam War

Democrat LB Johnson... lied to escalate Vietnam War including ground troops and systematic bombing of North Vietnam (leftist Bertrand Russell attacked Johnson's policy as "a barbaric aggressive war of conquest"), surveillance of MLK and Civil Right leaders

Democrat Clinton... rapist, serial sexual harasser. Democrat Hillary Clinton... covered up and defended Clinton by smearing victims

Democrat Obama... Kept Gitmo open and tried to declare the prisoners as non-persons with no rights, expanded use of drones including against American citizens without court oversight, expanded wars in Middle East and Africa

K-12 Schools... under Democrats control since 1950s, yet were segregated, accused of systematic racism and sexism

Progressive Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes... endorsed compulsory sterilization of the intellectually disabled (eugenics) in 1927 case Buck v. Bell. "Three generations of imbeciles are enough."

Just to name a few. Maybe we should be getting rid of the statues and monuments to these monsters and war criminals after all?
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Matriarchy Heal Thyself and other stupid stuff

With all of the stuff coming out about Harvey Weinstein, this is one issue that has gotten lost in the furor. Our former First Lady Michelle Obama stepped in it a couple of weeks ago when making a speech at some organization. Well, she had this to say about women who didn't vote for Hillary Clinton:
“Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,”

Seriously, I am getting so tired of women tell other women what they are supposed to think and do. My response to this was this:
Listen up! I did not fight for equality with "the Patriarchy" only to be told I must swear total loyalty to "the Matriarchy".

Yeah, that is exactly what I think about all of this "if you didn't vote for Hillary, you are traitor to women" crap. Really, how on earth do these idiots think this is going to win women over? Again, I didn't fight for equality all of these years only to be told that I must kiss the ring of the matriarchy! I have a voice and it's mine! I own it! MATRIARCHY HEAL THYSELF!!

And that the Obama's awarded their daughter Malia with a cushy internship along side Harvey Weinsstein, well, enough said. Oh, wait, they had no idea he was a perve and are appalled! Not appalled enough to give all the money back that he has given them over the years, but appalled just the same. And as for all that money being returned, that's not exactly what is happening. All these Dems that lived large off his donation are making a big show of giving the cash to other Dem-affiliated "women's" charities only to get it laundered right back into their campaign coffers.

Okay, now on a couple a issue in New York City:

I know that Columbus Day is over, but Columbus Day is a huge deal in NYC. And an issue in the "Take Down Those Evil Statues" has taken a new twist here too. Yeah, in NYC because, let's be honest, there aren't many statues of Confederate generals around and the statue-haters in NYC didn't want to be left out, so they've shifted their focus to...Christopher Columbus. Not a great idea. You see, first and formost Christopher Columbus was Italian and the Italian-American community in NYC is very large and very proud of the fact that Christopher Columbus was Italian. Many, many things in NYC are named after him at the behest of the Italian-American community like Columbus Avenue, Columbus Circle, Columbia University, and many parades including the big one down 5th Avenue every year, and many, many Italian-American social clubs.

And these same Italian-Americans are very miffed at all the rhetorical and physical attacks on their beloved Christopher Columbus especially from someone whose has taken the Italian name of "DeBlasio" [real name: Warren Wilhelm Jr.]. In fact it has gotten so bad that the famous (and newly renovated) statue of Christopher Columbus in the equally famous Columbus Circle at Broadway and 59th Street now has a 24/7 armed guard to curtail growing vandalism directed at Columbus.

As you may remember from an earlier post, DeBlasio made a big splash during the "Robert E. Lee statue removal of 2017" controversy (there's no controversy to great in an election year) by appointing a special panel in NYC to discuss and decide what statues in NYC might not meet the very new, very stringent rules of what statues should get to stay and which ones should go 'cause it's a thing now. I mean, he is up for reelection in just a few weeks and the committee is meeting "out of the public eye and input" to decide these things and their mayor-imposed deadline for a proposal just happens to conveniently fall after the election in November. Pretty much every statue is up for grabs because, well, there is literally no person who can pass this new purity test of time and hindsight. No one, not even Theodore Roosevelt who is the newest target of our "New Puritans". Oh, and for obvious reasons, the Italian-American community is pobably not a group that you want to "miff", if you know what I mean.

Oh, not that, I mean they are a huge voting bloc. What did you think I meant??

And then there's this:
The famous Solomon Guggenheim Museum in NYC forced to remove art from show 'cause this is what we do now. The museum was going to exhibit some photographs in a group called "Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World" by various artists. However some activists took umbrage with at least 3 of the works being presented - 'Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other' (2003), 'Theater of the World' (1993), and 'A Case Study of Transference' (1994) - because they showed animals being abused in some way. Unlike the whole Pissed Christ, Mapplethorpe, or Elephant Dung Virgin Mary issue, this isn't about public funding. This particular issue is about pure and simple censorship. Animal rights activist were going to violently (how ironic) protest the display, so the museum decided to pull them "out of concern for the saftety of its staff, visitors, and participating artists". Seriously, if we are going to start censoring artists who maybe could teach us about the bad things that humans do to animal then how are we supposed to learn about them?

Again this isn't about Henry Hyde-style public funding. The issue with the NEA in the '90's was never about censorship, it was who was going to pay for it. Even Rudy Giuliani when he wanted the dung-strewn Madonna removed from the publicly-funded Brooklyn Museum never once said it should be banned. Any private gallery that wanted to pick up that gaunlet was free to do so. None did, by the way. And it's not like there aren't hundreds of private galleries in NYC who couldn't have either. And if it only takes some nebulous threat of violence to get something banned these days, I have a list of a few sculptures I would like removed just 'cause they are ugly and pointless.

Okay, do your commenting stuff...
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thought Updates

Howdy folks. I got nothing... except some random thoughts. Avante!

● Hillary. Hillary is an idiot. Rather than just donating some of the Weinstein money to some leftist woman's group, like the other Democrats are doing, she's maintaining radio silence, drawing attention to her failure to do the right thing. Even worse, she let her stupid daughter defend her by posting on Twitter that those meanie Republicans were trying to politicize this terrible thing! Dumbass. Hillary taking money for her political campaign which was based on slandering the GOP with women from a known sex criminal and not giving it back is inherently political, retard.

● Widespread. So liberal Matt Damon may have done his best to intimidate/sway various news outlets not to cover Weinstein's earlier assaults. That's actually a crime. At the least, it's called a conspiracy. Donna Karan just blamed the victims by saying this wasn't entirely Weinstein's fault because the women might have been provocatively dressed. Up to now, the left has condemned blaming the victim as victimizing the victim a second time. I guess it's cool now though.

● In a bizarre moment, Gayle King -- sitting in for Nora O'Donnell -- defended the Obamas from the Weinstein issue by claiming they didn't know about the harassment, which is why they haven't given back the money he gave them. Ok. That still doesn't explain Obama's failure to condemn it now or why he hasn't given back the money he took from Weinstein now that he knows. Even more interesting though, it's not clear where O'Donnell got this idea because no one has explained what Obama knew or didn't. So basically, she invented an excuse to protect Obama. Shocking, right?

● Arch-feminist Emma Watson has failed to condemn her friend Weinstein. So have arch-liberals Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltro, Jennifer Lawrence, and others. Rob Reiner and others, including the DNC, are trying to deflect this by attacking Trump.

● Post season baseball is interesting to me. This year, it's actually more interesting that football. I'm sick of the politicization.

● Why do I need to know that "Hot Felon" Jeremy Meeks's ex-wife had plastic surgery to tighter her uh... lower girl parts. Seriously, how does this end up in the news? Why does she want the world knowing this? I feel dirty just knowing this.

● So Dove did a commercial in which a black chick uses Dove to become a white chick. /snicker snicker I don't knew who thought that was a good idea. Mucho whining online about this.

● OJ is free and yet I don't feel less safe.

● So the Democrats are pissed at Trump for not exempting Puerto Rico from the Jones Act, a 1920's law which requires the use of US flag carriers for shipping and thereby adding a ton to the cost of each item. Said differently, they are upset Trump won't protect Puerto Rico from stupid Democratic laws. Typical Democrats... how dare you not save people from the stupid thing we did!

● Apple Air... Amazon Fire... Google Earth... ___ Water.

● Why are we supposed to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day? What exactly did the IP do that I should care about or that we should celebrate? Besides, aren't we supposed to be extinguishing them from our culture? That's what they say every time they force some sports team called the Indians to change their name to something like the Non-Offensives.

● Emily Ratajkowski is naked... and the sky is blue.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Harvey Weinstein

It's always fascinating when things blow up to see how they turn out, especially when you can compare how people act to other recent events. Let's talk about Harvey Weinstein.

For those who don't know, Harvey Weinstein is a film producer of some repute. He's been behind a massive number of films and he has considerable sway in Hollywood. Indeed, Weinstein is one of the biggest contributors to Democrats, including Clinton and Obama, and he is what is called a "bundler," meaning he throws parties for A-list Hollywood types who also contribute at these parties. Over the years, he has funneled millions to the Democrats.

Well, the other day, allegations starting coming out, led by Ashley Judd, that Harvey is a serial sexual harasser and probably a sex criminal. Apparently, he used his position to demand massages, that women watch him shower, and that at least one (a reporter) watch him masturbate (which is how they say "Hi" in West Virginia). More will come out soon I'm sure.

So how is Harvey being treated?

Well, let me start with this. When sexual harassment allegations began being raised at Fox News, the left lost their minds and demanded immediate termination plus more. Essentially, they wanted all of Fox's management canned and the network sent to re-education camp. They tried to get the accused fired and ostracized. And they wanted everyone to have to agree that this was as evil as you can get without rounding up Jews.

Heck, Cam Newton found himself condemned and his sponsors dumping him just for a quasi-sexist remark... he didn't even get the chance to masturbate in front of anyone!

So what about Harvey? Well, his company has put him on administrative leave so they can investigate. That's fair. But then it gets a little iffy. None of the A-list actress types who routinely make sexual harassment a sisterhood issue and demand automatic guilt by allegation have spoken up... not a one. They haven't even condemned these acts in principle "if true." Crickets. A couple minor actresses have piled on, but that's about it.

The Democrats who want to run for President have all agreed to give the money they got from him to charity. Hillary and Obama haven't said a word, though. Apparently, they like the tainted money too much to give it back. On the other hand, the Democratic National Committee is giving up the money... sort of. They're giving it to liberal groups dedicated to getting (Democratic) women elected. That's a bit like giving it to your own PAC.

It's interesting how hesitant the left is to really condemn this when they don't even wait for the allegation to be known before they usually condemn these things. So maybe this isn't as big an issue for them as they would normally have you believe. In fact, let me ask how this could have gone on for two decades with out a single Democrat revealing what was going on? Add this to Clinton's misconduct and Weiner's child-sex texting and a bevy of other allegations and I'm starting to think the Democrats only care about sex-crime when they can lob the allegation, but they are pretty indifferent when it's their own people doing it. So much for being the party that protects women.

Thoughts?
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Stop The Presses!

Warning!! What follows is a look into liberal minds as they process the newest NFL scandal: Funny-gate. Proceed with caution.


Hold everything! Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, said that it was "funny" hearing a woman talk about receivers running routes. This is sexism, pure and simple, which is worse than Hitler. And after careful consideration, I have concluded that such words are beyond the pale of human dignity and totally unacceptable in modern civilized society. Hence, anyone who says such things must be castrated and lynched. And if anyone else proposes worse then list me as proposing whatever they say plus a spanking just to show that I will not be bested when it comes to saving women from the deprivations of the occasional insult! Women are strong after all, and need to be protected from such things.

Yep. Castrate and then lynch Cam.

Oh crap. Wait, Cam's black. Hold the lynching. You can't lynch black people. That would be racist. What if we just whipped him like in 12 Years A Slave until... uh. No. Ok. We'll just ban him for life.

Hurray! Cam Newton is banned for life and I've shown my sanctimonious moral superiority. Feel my smug! Feel my smug!! I am an enlightened being, bitches!! No one will protect women from insults more powerfully than me because I know that it's our job to protect those delicate little flowers from insults so they don't cry and quit and whatever. Thank God you have my moral outrage to protect you little honeys.

Anyways, banned for life.

Hmm. On second thought, everyone deserves a second chance -- sometimes many of them. And wouldn't it be racist to ban Cam when white quarterbacks (honkeybacks) have said worse and weren't banned? Sure, I can't name any, but I'm sure it happened, and that sounds like discrimination. Isn't it just like the NFL to discriminate against blacks? What is wrong with you rich white people?

You know what? I think ultimately, the NFL caused this problem. They hire these kids out of black ghettos and then don't stop them from saying the kinds of things kids from black ghettos say -- "nigga" "bitch" and other things that would be hurtful if they were said by whites. And they definitely don't value their bitches. The NFL really needs to do something about that. Roger Goddell needs to start teaching these kids how to act in a civilized world... while respecting their culture of course.

In the meantime, I think we need to write articles condemning the NFL for acting too harshly without acting harshly enough and for causing this problem in the first place because these rightwing, white, Republican billionaires don't like women.

Signed,
Every liberal sportswriter
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Anatomy of Failure

That past few years have seen lots of leftist "movements." Yet, none of these meant anything. Isn't that interesting?

● NFL Kneelers: Let's start with the most recent: the NFL kneelers. As you know a handful of NFL players have followed in the knee-pads of race baiting bench-warmer Colin Kapernick and decided to kneel during the national anthem to protest their hatred of the police in America, racism and whatever else they could think of. But their message has been lost (they've been whining about this a lot recently) and their protests have led to zero social change. Why?

Well, first, this protest drew an immediately backlash because fans were pissed that they had chosen to denigrate the national anthem to draw attention to themselves. Whoops. Rather than use their fame as football players and just hold press conferences, they made the decision to attack the national anthem to get noticed and the public responded angrily. See, the public doesn't like to see its traditions sh*t upon and it definitely doesn't like anyone denigrating all the people who have sacrificed for this country. Big mistake. This basically made it impossible for them ever to win the public.

Then Kapernick turned out to be a turd who praised Castro, called cops pigs and spewed a lot of false "facts" and hate. Moreover, half the kneelers couldn't even say why they were kneeling. Then they whined that no white players were supporting them, because you know... racism. Then they took Trump's bait and fired back at him, morphing the whole kneeling thing into an anti-Trump message. At that point, the NFL stepped in and changed the message again to the nebulous "unity." At this point, only a few hardcore types are still kneeling and no one knows what they really want. Even worse, they don't even have a plan for what they want if we choose to give it to them. The end result, this is a hated, directionless movement with no agenda to offer except "I'm angry at whites and cops." They're going nowhere.

● The Pussy Hat Protests: When the Pussy Hat brigade marched on Washington, it was immediately clear to me that they would amount to nothing. This was a group who wanted... uh... gurl power? R-E-S-P-E-C-T? not-Trump? Not sure. And that was the first problem: they had no idea what they wanted. They just wanted to protest that things weren't going the way they wanted. Some whined about the election. Hollywood chicks whined about not getting paid as much as male actors. Some rich white women whined about sexism keeping them down... somehow. Many whined about a nebulous lack of respect from men, even though they'd done nothing to earn it.

They had no platform. They had no agenda. They had no plan. The confused their personal failures with public policy. They didn't even have the intent to do anything. This was a group of women who stupidly think "raising awareness" of things like Breast Cancer is the same as solving the problem, and they had brought that worthless mentality with them. This was a group of achievement-less women who thought that whining that they wanted things to change was enough and now someone else would hand them all the things they wanted, even if they couldn't identify them. It never occurred to them that the people who get what they want need to work for it. So their movement collapsed as little more than a weekend tantrum.

● Black Lives Matter: Like the others, this group had everything going for them -- historical grievance, a willing media and Democrats happy to use them to keep blacks on the liberal plantation. What they lacked was any sense of judgment. First, rather than focusing on the couple of shootings of black men that brought sympathy, they focused on the thugs. This lost them the public. Then they refused to condemn the murder of cops. This angered the public. Add in that their demands were delivered in the most obnoxious of ways all-but designed to turn off white America. So the public not only rejected them, they did their best to actively show their support for the cops.

The one thing you have to give BLM, unlike the others, is that they actually had an agenda. The problem was that it's bat-shit crazy. Indeed, their massive manifesto covered dozens of whacko and offensive demands that were either intolerable off the bat or not relevant in any way to their cause, things like redistribution of wealth, pay raises and racial-based set asides. All of that is a nonstarter and their movement has been relegated to the fringes.

● OWS: Do you remember OWS? They were an astroturf "movement" created to give the left its own Tea party. The problem was that they had no idea what they wanted. All they knew was that they hated capitalism and America and they wanted everything changed... in some way. That's a non-starter with the public. Add in that this was a gang of spoiled college-students-for-life and professional "anarchists" (read: socialists) who came across as the very people you would never give power too. Then their protests devolved in homeless camps, rapes, and whining and people were done. The public's tolerance was expended without ever coming close to considering concessions.

Pretty much the only place leftist protests have brought any change is on colleges, where it was basically whiny leftist college kids giving a list of demands to leftist administrators, and even there almost no demands were met. In fact, the only place the students really won was the University of Missouri with its sympathetic administrators and that's been in slow-motion implosion ever since, with both black and white students fleeing.

This has been fascinating to me. The left has managed to turn out large numbers of its people, but their protests have been so incompetently handled that they not only achieved nothing, I would say they set the left back on issue after issue.

Thoughts?
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Count Our Blessings Day...

I was going to write about something else for today, but I think maybe we need a day to take a big breath and reflect. It seems as if there is just no good news right now and we can't blame everything on the media, Trump, Democrats, or Russia. I contribute this to not what is really happening, but that we spend so much time dissecting each syllable of each word on social media, that we miss the big picture.

I will assume since we all have internet service and all the modern electronics that come with with it, that we all have a roof over our heads, clothes to wear, plenty of food in our bellies, and loving family and friends who care. At least I hope you all do. Frankly, I am not completely convince that all of the hot air we create by constantly finding fault with everything isn't one of the main contributions to global warming...er...climate change. The Butterfly Effect in real time. There's so much pain in the world, maybe we can take a day to make it just a little less painful.

Let's just take a day and count our blessings. I'll start.

I have an infestation of mice. Okay, maybe that's not a positive, but at least they're cute and amazingly fast. I am fascinated at how fast mice are. If we could all move as fast as scared mice, we wouldn't need rockets. I realize I should be eeeeeeeeked out about these mice, but, what can I say. It's just life in the big city.

Okay, who's next?
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Of Whiners and Winners

Happy Monday!

● Update on the NFL. Wow, things have changed. Trump is still fanning the flames and the small cadre of race-baiting players are continuing their thing, but the NFL has found a solution. Rather than letting the protests happen randomly and control the agenda, team after team is now kneeling as a group before the anthem and then standing for the anthem. This has done several things. First, it has muddied the water as to what the protests mean because they describe this as being a message of "unity," whatever that means. In fact, the original protestors are all very pissed off that their message has been hijacked -- the original message, by the way, is one of racial division and spoils. Even the leftist media who were fanning the flames of this are stupidly repeating that this is a message of unity or an anti-Trump message. At this point, the original point is long lost. What's more, teams are now saying, "We had your protest, now let's focus on football." So look for the issue to shrink back down to only a handful of players no one is listening to.

Equally interestingly, despite this now being about unity, the fans are booing the players when they kneel. This is the fans expressing their dislike of the protests and the protestors.

Finally, the funniest aspect of this arose when the left starting asking themselves, "what do we do next?" Ha ha. It turns out that "raising awareness" isn't all that valuable after all.

● The left is desperate to equate Puerto Rico with Katrina. The problem is, there are no similarities except that the incompetent local officials are again Democrats. They're trying everything though: Trump is golfing instead of whatever he's supposed to be doing, Trump was unprepared, Trump didn't send the exact combination of ships I would have sent, Trump is leaving food and water on the docks un-distributed, and Trump said something nasty to a local mayor! Wahh. None of this is true. In fact, most unbiased experts are saying their preparations have been excellent and the problem is that the island has essentially be destroyed and doing anything is hard. As for the food on the docks, FEMA has pointed out that the commercial containers the rumormongers are pointing to do not belong to FEMA and that FEMA's stuff has been distributed. Still, that hasn't stopped the left from repeating it.

● So this leftist librarian at some elementary school tried to get famous by rejecting a gift of books from Melania Trump. She sneered at the Dr. Seuss books Melina sent as cliched and racist. Good grief. What's funny about this is that Michelle Obama used to go around reading Dr. Seuss books to kids. Hmm. I guess she's cool with racism.

● More Islamic terrorism. Islam: Killing the West 3-5 people a week.

● I've been reading the articles about Hugh Hefner by various people who knew him. It's funny. If you don't know any better, Hefner made his world sound like magic: a cool mansion designed for parties, a life awash in celebrities, surrounded by hot (if cheap) women. Hedonism in the lap of luxury.

Well, reading these articles has presented a very different picture. It's a picture of a dirty, beat up claustrophobic mansion, partiers being paid to attend parties, women who were there for the money and had to be forced to have sex, drugs, blackmail, and a world of no friends or decent people whatsoever. Hefner sounds like a control freak monster who needed to buy the sex he got and confused sex with love. He surrounded himself with courtiers to make himself feel important and loved. What a loser.

I don't think of Hefner as Satan. To me, he's a pathetic footnote to the cultural rot of the 1960's, but the things I'm reading remind me of the classic descriptions of hell very much. Indeed, as was said in The Lord of the Rings, Satan would appear fairer, but seem fouler. That's what this sounds like -- a shining mansion of pleasure on the hill led by a seemingly charismatic leader, which in reality is a corrupt, sclerotic nest filled with vipers. I'll take my family any day.

● Finally, I find the Megyn Kelly thing interesting. First, it was obvious to me that she had little talent at Fox. All she really offered was being abusive to guests to make her audience happy. Apparently, the NBC execs didn't get this. Secondly, the constant smears and attacks from the left remind us that (1) the left likes to destroy people it does not like no matter what they are doing, i.e. political or not, and (2) they will never forgive.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

New York State Of Mind - The Corruption Continues...

Just to catch you up on what's been happening in NY because I know you love to hear about it. Our Mayoral elections are a little over 5 weeks away and, since I know that Deblasio will be re-elected I won't bore you with the details. And our gubenatorial elections start soon for 2018, so we all have that to look forward to.

So let me fill you in on the ongoing happendings in our corrupt state. I don't know if you remember, but I used to keep a list of NY elected officials who have been arrested, indicted, convicted, and/or sentenced, jailed, etc. I gave up trying to keep up because the list has grown so long at 41 it looks like there aren't any elected officials NOT on the take. Ues, even though our current Gov. Cuomo swore that he would be heavy on ethics reform, he dropped that just as soon as the investigations got too close to his office.
but that's all water under the crumbling Brooklyn Bridge. But there are a few updates, so let me fast-forward to 2017:

[I won't bother to renumber from my original list]

2017
1.1. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) convicted of being a complete and utter perve. He was sentenced this week to 21 months in jail for sexting with an underage girl with an additional 3 years of court supervision probation. [Just as an aside: I don't think Weiner will ever see the inside of jail cell.]

2.1. Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver (D) was arrested for multiple counts of bribery and corruption January 22, 2015. Case pending. UPDATE #1 - Sheldon Silver was convicted by a jury of his peers in a 5 week trial on all 7 counts on November 30, 2015 after 2 1/2 hours of deliberation over 3 days. He faces 130 years in jail. Appeal will be pending. UPDATE #2: Conviction overturned on Appeal on July 13, 2017.

3.1 Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) (and his son) was arrested for corruption on May 4, 2015. Case pending. UPDATE - trial is ongoing and should go to the jury in a matter of weeks. UPDATE #2: Convicted on all counts in 2016; UPDATE #3: Conviction overturned on appeal on September 25, 2017.


It seems that no matter what we do, they keep getting away with it. Oh, the Feds swear they'll retry Silver and Skelos, but why bother. Corruption wins and most likely, both, will be reelected at some point. They don't have to live by the law 'cause they make the law.

Just in case you have forgotten, here is the list though 2015:

State officials -
1. Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver (D) was arrested for multiple counts of bribery and corruption January 22, 2015. Case pending. UPDATE - Sheldon Silver was convicted by a jury of his peers in a 5 week trial on all 7 counts on November 30, 2015 after 2 1/2 hours of deliberation over 3 days. He faces 130 years in jail. Appeal will be pending.

2. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) (and his son) was arrested for corruption on May 4, 2015. Case pending. UPDATE - trial is ongoing and should go to the jury in a matter of weeks.

3. Majority Leader of the New York State Senate Malcolm Smith (D) was found guilty in federal court of conspiracy, wire fraud, bribery and extortion for trying to bribe a Republican Party official to let him onto the Republican ballot in the 2013 New York City mayoral race. (2014)

4. State Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa (D) sentenced to a year in jail for entering into a sham marriage in order to gain U.S. citizenship. (2014)

5. State Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. (D) convicted of bribery (2014)

6. State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D) found guilty of bribery, conspiracy and other related charges. (2014)

7. State Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D) convicted of perjury (2013)

8. State Assemblyman Chris Ortloff (R) pleaded guilty to a felony charge of online enticement of minors for trying to have sex with a child after leaving his seat to become a member of the NYS Parole Board. He was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison (2010)

9. State Senator Shirley Huntley (D) convicted of mail fraud. She was sentenced to one year and a day in prison. (2013)

10. Majority Leader of the New York State Senate Pedro Espada Jr. (D) On May 14, 2012 a federal jury found Espada guilty of embezzling money from federally funded healthcare clinics, after 11 days of deliberation. (2012)

11. State Senator Vincent Leibell (R) found guilty of felony bribery, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice charges related to $43,000 in cash kickbacks he took from 2003 to 2006. (2012)

12. State Senator Nicholas Spano (R), convicted of federal income tax evasion. Spano pleaded guilty to the single felony. He was sentenced to 12 to 18 months in federal prison. (2012)

13. New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi (D), was convicted on charges surrounding a "pay to play" scheme regarding the New York State Pension Fund, and was sentenced to 1–4 years. (2011)

14. State Senator Carl Kruger (D) resigned his seat and pled guilty to charges of corruption and bribery. (2011)

15. State Senator Efrain Gonzalez Jr. (D) was convicted of fraud and embezzling $400,000 from the West Bronx Neighborhood Association Inc. and was sentenced to seven years in federal prison (2010)

15. State Health Commissioner Antonia Novello (R) pled guilty to costing the taxpayers $48,000 by making her staff carry out personal chores for her such as taking her shopping and picking up her dry cleaning. Her plea deal calls for 250 hours of community service at an Albany health clinic, $22,500 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. (2009)

Local

16. Mayor of Mount Vernon Ernie Davis (D) was convicted on federal misdemeanor tax evasion. (2014)

17. New York City Councillor Dan Halloran (R) convicted of taking bribes and orchestrating payoffs. (2014)

18. New York City Councillor Larry Seabrook (D) On February 9, 2010, a federal grand jury indicted Seabrook on 13 counts of money laundering, extortion, and fraud. Seabrook was convicted on 9 charges (2012).

19. President of the New York City council Andrew Stein (D) was convicted of tax evasion regarding a Ponzi scheme (2010).

2000-2009

State Officials

20. State Representative Anthony Seminerio (D) pled guilty to taking large sums of money from hospitals through a consulting firm while still a member of the New York State Assembly. His appeal was never heard but his conviction was abated due to death. (2009)

21. Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. Spargo (R), was convicted by a federal jury of attempted extortion and attempted soliciting of a bribe for pressuring a lawyer to give $10,000 to his defense fund. (2009)

22. State Senator Efrain Gonzalez (D) was sentenced to 84 months (7 years) in prison, followed by two years supervised release, following pleading guilty to two conspiracy counts and two wire fraud counts. (2009)

23. Majority Leader of the New York State Senate Joseph Bruno (R) was convicted on two counts of wire fraud. (2009) Update: Exonerated of all charges on appeal (2014).

24. State Representative Brian McLaughlin (D) was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to ten years in prison for racketeering.(2009)

25. State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D), convicted of one count of misdemeanor assault, and acquitted of two counts of felony assault and one other count of misdemeanor assault. (2009)

26. State Representative Gloria Davis (D) was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation for bribery. (2003)

27. State Senator Guy Velella (R) was indicted for bribery and conspiracy for accepting at least $137,000 in exchange for steering public-works contracts to the paying parties.[179] He ultimately pleaded guilty to one count and received a year in jail. He served 182 days. (2002)

Local

28. New York City Councillor Miguel Martinez (D) pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy two days later. Martinez admitted to stealing $106,000 that was for children's art programs and low-income housing.[181] Martinez was convicted on three felonies, and was sentenced to five years in prison. (2009)

And just one more thing about football:

We either stand in unity or kneel in supplication.
-Me

The End. That's all I have to say.

The floor is open...
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Strange World

Ya know, the more I look at the world around us, the stranger is appears.

● The NFL protest movement was dead. It never got above about a 100 players. The owners largely disallowed it behind the scenes. The fans fought back. The open protestors were becoming increasingly desperate that no one supported them or cared what they had to say. And then Moron Trump decides to pick a fight with this nearly dead movement. So now hundreds of players have signed up. Some owners stood with the players. The league re-affirmed that whining about leftist crap is a right under their CBA. Gee, thanks Trump. BTW, Drudge somehow thinks Trump is winning, but as is so often the case, he doesn't know anything.

● Hillary continues to show just how out of touch and useless she is. Interestingly, her pollster blasted her this weekend, claiming she failed to run a competent campaign despite getting all the advice she needed to do so - an opinion which was already kind of obvious. Then George Clooney blasted her this week as a bad candidate who he realized just wasn't a good communicator and who failed to step up her game. I get that the pollster is trying to salvage his rep and Clooney is trying to convince his donor circle that they can trust him next time, but all of this really just shows that Hillary is incompetent and everyone on the left knew it too.

● Obamacare. Obamcare. Ug. A new plan appears to repeal Obamacare, and the usual suspects strike. Paul Rand declares that fate is in the stars and thus be he forbade from supporting this noxious potion lest ephemeral change be made. John McCain, true to character, immediately tries to destroy his allies and give aid and comfort and a little love to his enemies. Susan Collins of Maine says, "Oh, is it my turn to waffle? I do love waffling. I can support this... unless I can't." And now Ted Cruz joins the fun, "God ain't said this bill is perfect and I don't vote unless it's perfect." The GOP is simply incapable of doing anything, and these are your culprits. It's like a collection of mental patients.

● Maureen Dowd let slip this weekend the reason the media is piling on about "fake ads" on Facebook from Russian sources. At first, this seemed to be part of the anti-Trump attack, but Dowd let slip that this is actually an attack on Mark Zuckerberg to beat him up before he tries to run for President. Clearly, they fear him and they fear that he's on the right. Watch for more of this.

● The "far right" (read nationalist) party in German has made it into their parliament for the first time since Hitler. Not coincidentally, someone paid more than $6,000 for a pair of Hitler's underwear at auction. I suspect that all the German parties will mishandle this. The SPD (center left) seems to want to vanish until this issue is over.

● Long Duk Dong in North Korea seems incapable of rational thought. I'm thinking China snuffs him soon. Both China and Paper Tiger Putin have moved combat troops to the area.

● Every Democrat in California is now promising a single payer health plan even though it's impossible for rational people to see the problems with it.

Strange world.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cotton, Confederates, & Other Social Media Craziness...

Stuff like this just keeps happening.

So, in a Hobby Lobby somewhere in time and space devoid of rational thought, this happened. You must know Hobby Lobby by now. It's a giant craft supply chain store that carries pretty much any kind of stuff to make crafty stuff. So, amongst the crafty craft-making supplies, they sell stuff to make flower arrangments. And one of those flower arrangement making things were stalks of raw cotton. [Here's a LINK for this stupid story from the NY Post.] But just to recap, a woman got triggered 'cause cotton means slaves and stuff.

But what really brought my attention to this latest triggering outrage is this great video by Chris Prather, also know as Political Cowboy posted on Facebook in response...[never heard of him before, btw]



I agree with him. All of this faux outrage to inanimate objects is just getting old.

And then there's this...The Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings along with a group of other brainiacs decided it was time to remove a little known statue of Robert E. Lee that had been in some park in Dallas since the beginning of time and has now become offensive. It cost $450,000 to remove it that could have fed, clothed or housed live humans, but no. Let's waste money that the city doesn't have because it's going bankrupt to remove an inanimate hunk of marble that's only danger is that it might fall on someone.

But I have to give props to some brave soul, Ken Green, who decided to do an ancestry check on Mayor Rawlings' ancestors...yep, there were many slave owners and at least one who served in the Confederate Army. Mr. Green ended by calling on Mayor Rawlings to resign.

Note...Hugh Alexander Meador served in the confederate Army.
Hugh A. Meador b 1784 owned 4 slaves.
Jason Meador b 1734 owned 5 slaves
Jason Meador(the Mayor's 5th great grandfather) owned 8 slaves.
Guess Mayor Rawlings needs to fess up and resign.



And then this is just amusing...I thought you Sci-Fi fans would love this new product being hawked on social media for realz!


I wonder if they have it green?? AAAAAgh, Soylent Green is People!!!!!



Okay, I am done. Now is the time to commence with your commentarama-ing on anything you want...
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hey! Guess What Day It Is?




Aaaaargh!
- Any Pirate who is worth his salt!



It's finally here. The best day of the year...no, not Christmas or New Years Eve or even your birthday! It's a shame it's only one day a year 'cause you'd probably want it celebrate it EVERY day! Okay, everyone, get ready 'cause it is....INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! YEY!!!

So here is your task, if you choose to accept it..




First, there's the official Pirate Personality Test. Find out what kind of pirate you are...Find your inner pirate!


Next, you have to have a proper pirate name. I mean, what kind of pirate are you if you don't have a proper pirate name?! Think Blue Beard, Black Beard, and those pirates in Treasure Island with parrots and peg legs...Pirate Name Generator!

And if you get stuck for the proper pirate words, you can use the English to Pirate Translator!

So get your Avasts and Me-Hearties on. And the only rule today is there aaaaaarrrrrghn't no rules [which, of course, is perfect for us Commentarama-ians, right? Aaaargh.]

Enjoy! And as always, feel free to discuss other stuff too, but remember you have to write like a pirate...aaaaarrrgh!

And if you want to learn more about pirates, pirating, and other such pirate-related issues...A Pirate's Glossary Of Terms!


[Disclaimer: I am cheating today and am kinda' reposting this from 2014 with a few updates...but then that is exactly what a pirate would do, aaaarrrright?]
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Question

Hi everybody! Thanks for all your kind wishes and emails and the such. I appreciate them very much and I really do hope to be back at the blog soon. In the meantime, let me ask a question.

What the heck is Hillary doing? Wow.

1. She is casting blame at dozens of people who are so far out of the news cycle as to be forgotten. It's like old timer's day. "I remember when..."

2. She chose the day of the hurricane and the NFL opening day to launch her attack on Trump. Talk about drowning yourself in a wave of distraction. "Seriously, stop looking at the monster wave and listen to me!"

3. Her attacks have been pathetic. They've been along the line of "Here's what I would have said if I'd thought about it at the time." Pathetic.

4. And why announce that she's not ever going to be a candidate again and then put out this book? Is she relevant or not?

5. Finally, why attack the Electoral College today? That sounds like delayed, confused sour grapes. Too little... too late... too yesterday.

This has really been surreal to watch. Thoughts?
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Terms Of Our Surrender In New York

Today we held our NYC Primary for upcoming Mayoral elections. Sadly for us, it is only a matter of how much Mayor DeBlasio wins the nomination rather than "If". I surrender to the fact that NYC is doomed to have another 4 years of him.

The only possible positive is that we will get a brand spanking new City Council since all of the members are termed out. The general election in November is when we will find out if we'll be hosting more or less parades for terrorists who have bombed our city. Well, at least we will know that our Mayor will continue to be late for appointments, berate us for driving while not taking public transportation himself as he is driven 20 miles every morning to his Brooklyn gym to work out, and can always be found every afternoon napping with a "Do Not Disturb" edict to his staff. Oh, and the homeless population will continue to grow.

- This ought to amuse you. Michael Moore opened his one-person show "The Terms Of My Surrender" in Broadway's Belasco Theatre in August 10 (July 30 - Aug 10 previews) to much fanfare. He delighted his first week's audiences with bus trips to Trump Tower so everyone could protest and hot vendors for free eats! Ain't that great? Well, unfortunately after the bus trips stopped (and the free tickets to paper the house dried up), there is also no audience to listen to Mr. Moore rant about, well, everything you'd expect.

One of the real reasons for the low ticket sales doesn't take a genius to figure out. Most of the sales come from tourists. And with the non-Hamilton ticket prices averaging about $150 bucks a ticket, they want to be entertained, not preached to. [FYI - Ticket prices for "Hamilton" go for approximately $500-890]

Frankly,there should be a sign on either end of the block this show is on declaring "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Ironically or by design, the new British play "1984" is runing right next door at the Hudson Theatre which is literally causing audience members to faint, vomit, and scream at the actors from their seats. Of course, it could be the ticket prices too. I read the book, I don't need to see this.

- Oh, since she does live in NY and all, I must mention Hillary Clinton's new book "What Happened" released on Tuesday! If you have been keeping up, she has compiled a million and one reasons why she lost in November, though interestingly very few include Clinton herself. Here's a list from the NY Daily News (and they supported her):
1. Bernie Sanders, for attacks on the campaign trail that “caused lasting damage” to her run. The Vermont senator — who famously gave Clinton a huge break by saying he wouldn’t focus on her “damn emails” — “had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character.” “It was beyond frustrating that Bernie acted as if he had a monopoly on political purity,” she wrote.

2. “Bernie Bros” for “harassing my supporters online” with attacks that were “ugly and more than a little sexist.”

3. Green Party Candidate Jill Stein, who “wouldn’t be worth mentioning” had she not taken tens of thousands of votes in swing states that Trump won. There "were more than enough Stein voters to swing the result, just like Ralph Nader did in Florida and New Hampshire in 2000."

4. “Sexism and misogyny,” which led to the victory of a “flagrantly sexist candidate.”

5. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian hackers, for working “to influence our election and install a friendly puppet.”

6. Former President Barack Obama, for not giving a national television address about the Russian hacking so that “more Americans would have woken up.” Also, for telling her to go easy on Sanders, which made her feel like she was “in a straight jacket.”

7. Former Vice President Joe Biden, for saying the Democratic Party “did not talk about what it always stood for" after campaigning for her.

8. Former FBI Director James Comey, for turning her campaign “upside down” in its final days with his renewed email investigation. “Was this a bad joke?” she writes. “What the hell was Comey doing?”
9. Anthony Weiner, whose teenage sexting scandal led to Comey's new probe, and to his wife and Clinton aide Huma Abedin yelling out, "This man is going to be the death of me!"

10. Clinton’s own statement about putting coal miners out of business, which Trump repeatedly used against her and she says was the campaign moment she “regret(s) the most.”

11. Her “basket of deplorables” statement about Trump’s supporters, which was “a political gift” to her opponent. People "misunderstood me to be criticizing all Trump voters."

12. Her use of a private email server as secretary of state, which she deems “dumb” in retrospect.

13. The ongoing scandal that erupted from her email use, which she deems “even dumber.”

14. The New York Times, for focusing on her emails in reporting that "affected the outcome of the election."

15. Her “traditional” presidential campaign, which was based on “carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions” that could not compete with Trump’s “reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans' anger and resentment."

16. The “godforsaken” Electoral College, which went to Trump even though Clinton crushed him in the popular vote by nearly three million votes.

17. Herself, for not realizing “how quickly the ground was shifting under our feet” in the national mood.

18. Hillary hate. "I have come to terms with the fact that a lot of people — millions and millions of people — decided they just didn’t like me,” Clinton writes — though she doesn’t understand the dislike. “What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking . . . I’m at a loss.”
The list is just keeps growing and growing. The really good news is that, if you wait long enough...like 'til the end of the week, you may be able to get a "buy 5/get 5 free" deal just in time to pass out for Halloween to scare the kiddies! [Okay, that went too far...]

Discuss.

Addendum: This has nothing to do with the above, but it came across my Twitter feed late last night and I just have to share it with the group...


I just hope it's true because it's just genius! I love Poland!
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