Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Thoughts

A few more thoughts...

● Georgia On My Mind: For those who haven't heard, the Republican won in Georgia today. This is actually quite funny. When the race began, it looked like the Democrat would win the primary because he ran against 12 Republicans who split the GOP vote. There was even a chance that he might win it outright. That would have been a shock, according to the Democrats, because the Republicans always win that district (Trump actually only carried it by 2 points). Anyways, the Democrats saw this as a chance to claim that this election showed that the public had turned against Trump. So they crowed about their win in Georgia and how this meant Trump needed to go! Hollywood types even invaded the district very smugly.

Then he didn't win the election outright. Suddenly, the Democrats said this race had nothing to do with Trump. They also started hating on each other over not supporting the candidate.

Then the real race began and the Democrat pulled ahead. The Democrats came back! They started dumping money into the race, but refused to say it had anything to do with Trump. But the polls kept getting better. By last week, the Democrat was ahead by 7-10%. Suddenly, the Democrats couldn't control themselves and they were back crowing that this was an indictment of Trump and he needed to be impeached! Yeeee haw!

And now the Democrat lost. Ha ha. I'm sure that by tomorrow this will have been just a local race.

At this point, the only race the Democrats can point to that shows anti-Trump sentiment (according to them) is a state legislative race in New Hampshire. Pathetic. This was after claiming a half dozen special elections would vindicate them, only to lose every single one. They are on a truly inspired losing streak!

● Set OJ Free: OJ is coming up for parole next month. Believe it or not, I think he should be set free. Here are my thoughts. I'm all but certain that OJ killed his wife. He should have been convicted and sent to prison forever. But he wasn't. California blew it and OJ got away with it. I don't like it, but I would like it less if we got rid of the rule of law just to get the people we feel the system has wrongly let escape.

When OJ was arrested in Nevada a few years later, I was shocked what they charged him with. If you or I had done what he did, we would have been charged with lesser crimes, and none of us would have served more than six months for what he did. It was clear to me that he had been sentenced for the murder of his wife, not the attempted robbery of a sports memorabilia dealer. Had OJ been stupid? Yes. Had he broken the law? Yep. But he deserved 3 years tops, not 33 years. Personally, I hope he gets out because I see this as a miscarriage of justice. I see it as the system trying to correct an error by making another.

● Yikes: Finally, a question. My daughter asked: What is the last really good movie I remember seeing? Honestly, I can't remember anything good in years. How bad are things in Hollywood that I can't even name the last decent film I saw!
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Follow-Up and Other Stuff

I really didn't expect my last post about the dangers of overhyped presidential assassination porn to be so prescient, but shortly after some crazed Bernie Bro decided to try his hand at a real assassination attempt. As we all know, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise (R) and three Congress police were shot. Even as Rep. Scalise was fighting for his life in the ICU, liberal pundits were crowing about how Scalise probably deserved it seeing how he was such a Republican and all. How have we come to this?

Okay, to be fair, some conservative college kids have been doing their own mischief with disrupting the NY Shakespeare's production of "Julius Caesar: A Chance to Assuage Our Violent Frustrations Legally With A Fake Assassination of Sitting President Trump" {oh wait, that's just "Julius Caesar" I am on the fence about this. I don't necessarily approve, but I am also in the camp of "what's good for the goose, is good for the gander". Well, frankly, I just don't care. Public Theatre chose this production and this concept to be provocative, so they get what they asked for. Okay, I admit it. I am a hypocrite. I am no better than the liberal pundits who are crowing about Scalise. But then disrupting an actor's performance and actually trying to kill someone are world's apart. Hopefully, ne'er the twain shall meet.

Other Stuff: When living in the "Big City", sometimes you just have to scratch your head and keep moving along. Riding on the subway every morning, I have gotten use to having my daily dose of indoctrination of "public service announcements": "Please give your seat to an elderly, disable, or pregnant 'person'" and "If you see something, say something". Now to be honest, I didn't necessarily move to NYC to divorce myself from nature because living in an urban area comes with it's own specific brand of "nature" [See: mice, rats, cockroaches, pigeons, etc.] But seriously, I did not sign up for REAL wildlife. This is just silly...


Okay, I have made peace with the pigeons and the mice, and squirrels that stick to the parks are, frankly, just downright entertaining there. But, honestly, raccoons? I didn't sign up for that! But now, our city officials are forcing me to accept racoons like they demand I accept crime, homelessness, and taxes! If wanted this much nature, I would have stayed in the "burbs"! This will not stand!!!!

The floor is open...
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Liberal Thoughts For A Monday Morning

Here is what liberals are thinking this Monday morning.


Pffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff


Hmm. Ok, let's try that again. Here is what liberals are feeling this Monday morning:

● Why are vans carrying Islamic gentlemen going out of control and allegedly killing people?

● What? That was a white guy? Why are white males killers?!!

Wonder Woman was a success, why am I still a failure?

● Unemployment is down. The economy is up. Syria is going right. Putin seems contained. North Korea has STFU. Illegal immigration is down. Crime is down. What else could go wrong?!!

● It's a good thing black people have white liberals to teach them how not to be savages. If only conservatives weren't such racists, imagine what we could do with black people!

● OMG! That fat lesbian wanted to attend prom naked with a banana sticking out of her girl parts (is that sexist?) with her four year old lover and that evil white male principal said no?!! What an outrage!!!

● Oh look, someone got cancer and didn't kill themselves. They're a hero.

● I think the guy in the car next to me has too much. If he had less, my life would be better.

● OMG! Megyn Kelly let some weirdo asshole share his views on national television? Burn the witch at the stake!!!

● Everyone thinks like me.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Uh... What?

Let's talk about abortion. Actually, let's talk about stupidity in the context of abortion.

Sanya Richards-Ross, an Olympic gold medalist gave an interview the other day in which she said some amazingly stupid things. First, she said that every female track and field athlete she knows has undergone an abortion: "I literally don't know another female track-and-field athlete who hasn't had an abortion and that's sad." Then she said that "abortion is not an issue that [is] talked about, especially in sports." And she hoping that by mentioning this that she "will open up discussions."

Let's stop there for a moment, shall we? How does one respond to this?

Oh, I know. What is the link between sports and abortion that she seems to think is relevant? Should we believe that running track and field makes you pregnant? Because it really doesn't. Are we to believe that women and athletics don't mix? As much as I'd laugh if that was the logical conclusion of her point, it's not. There is no link between pregnancy and women athletes. What really seems to be going on here is that Ross is hanging out with a bunch of stupid and/or slutty women and she's mistakenly assuming that something other than their behavior is responsible. There simply is no other link. And if there was, then perhaps it's time to re-examine the feminist dogma that demands that women go into sports.

You know, I'd go out on a limb and say that I doubt it's all track and field women either. I'll bet the young women who run at Princeton or Oxford don't fall into this category. Indeed, I'm betting all of Ross's friends are probably from the Caribbean islands... the lands of poverty and ganja. Maybe that's the place to start looking for this mysterious source of "runner's pregnancy."

Wait, wait wait! As I keep reading the article, I may have stumbled upon a clue. Ross continues:
"At that time in your life when you're in college, you don't feel comfortable talking to your mom. So, a lot of information you get is from your peers. So, there's a lot of miseducation that happens to young women in college, because we're educating ourselves."
Ah, the blind leading the blind. So now you pass the buck to "sports" because "track and field made me get an abortion" is a lot more interesting headline than "my stupid ass friends said I couldn't get pregnant if I waved a dead chicken over my lady parts after having freaky sex."

Yep. That must be it... oh wait, there's one more interesting quote here. Here it is:
"It's going to sound silly to some people but, in our community, people don't want to take the pill because you put water weight on."
So you knew how to avoid pregnancy, but you chose not to because it might interfere with your athletics. That's even worse than "we didn't know because we miseducated each other". So the issue ultimately is one of responsibility (big word, I know). Ms. Ross had the knowledge and ability to avoid what she complains about, but she chose not to. She couldn't even be bothered not to have sex. Of course, it went wrong for her and now she's trying to invent a link with sports to shift the blame from herself to some nebulous "we don't talk about it enough in sports."

Sorry, Ms. Ross. No sale.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

So This Happened...

As someone who grew up in Dallas after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I may be a little sensitive about this topic. The disturbing trend of gleeful images of a dead, currently-sitting president cropping up all over the place is very disturbing. Perhaps it has always been around in private, but with the pervasion (and perversion) of social media, it has become much more of a common everyday occurance.

As a starting point, here is something you may not know. A production company was staging a revival production of a Stephen Sondheim musical "Assassins" set to open in the Fall of 2001. "Assassins" is an imagined meeting of all of the killers of presidents lead by John Wilkes Booth trying to convince Lee Harvey Oswald to go through with his deed to achieve immortality. Each assassin is featured telling his or her own story of why they did. Sounds gruesome, but it really is a wonderful and very Sondheim show. Anyhow, it was already in rehearsal with an opening in September 2001. But immediately following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the producers wisely decided to table the production for a later time because they thought it would be in very bad taste.

But something happened along the way from that moment. The first time I saw this begin to creep in was during the 2nd term of the Bush Administration. Anyone remember the hoopla over the 2006 movie "The Death Of A President"? It depicted the events leading up to and following a fictionalized assassination of President George W. Bush. It was shocking, but it sold only about 900K tickets and went by the wayside quickly. There were other images around, but the Bush Administration didn't make much of a deal about it.

Then at the beginning of the Obama Administration we quickly lost our sense of humor and lampooning and/or presenting images of a sitting President as a buffoon or dead was in very poor taste again. But it was okay as long as it wasn't a sitting President apparently. In the 1st season of HBO's "Game Of Thrones"one of the prop guys used the severed head of George W. Bush on a spike for set dressing. HBO apologized. No one is sure why the prop department had a severed head of GWB hanging around, but I am sure that was an interesting story that was never really esplained.

Anyway, now fast forward to the Trump Administration, and now artists, writers, and pundits have regained their senses of humor and cannot crank out enough words and images of a hopefully soon-to-be dead President Trump! It's all the rage, and also causing a lot of rage for those who think that it is still in poor taste and downright dangerous to do that with any President. Yeah, you all know the whole bloody severed head that Kathy Griffin made famous last week and ended up blaming everyone but herself for the end of her "career".

Which brings me to the latest outrage that has just opened in Central Park -the new conceptualize staging of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" produced by the very popular, non-profit, NEA-funded Public Theatre for their yearly Shakespeare-In-The-Park series. I am sure that you can easily imagine the "concept" of their newest iteration of Shakespeare's tragedy, and frankly, it's not that imaginative. Yeah, it's set in D.C. in the present day and, though not named Trump, JC is costumed in a suit and tie, and is a blond-bewigged buffoon with a Slavic-sounding, high-fashioned Calpurnia as his wife. And when JC is brutally stabbed by Brutus and crew outside the Senate in Act 3, Scene 1, it is particularly bloody. The director said the concept came to him on Nov. 9, 2016 and he ran with it. As it turns out, the big-moneyed corporate sponsors of the show were not pleased at the potential fallout and began pulling their sponsorships (a/k/a " big money") - Delta and Bank Of America so far - with all of the gnashing of teeth, screams of "Artistic freedom" and backlash that should be expected in our New Age Of Outrage on social media from both sides.

Anyway, I am conflicted about this. I believe in free artistic expression, but I am horrified at the pervasion and the ease in which we are normalizing and even for some gleefully hoping for the worst. As a child who grew up with the spector of a Presidential assassinaton, I know what happens next in that scenario and it ain't glee.

Comments?
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Finally... A Woman!

I despise feminists. They are so whiny and so stupid. They are a disgrace to women. The latest bit of idiocy comes from the success of Wonder Woman.

Over the past two weeks, as Wonder Woman the movie has done well -- it's made $205 million worldwide so far -- feminist chickies have started turning out articles proclaiming that FINALLY, a movie staring (and directed by) a woman has proven that women can be successful action stars!! Oh blessed day. Women can finally achieve something. The age of men is over.

Give me a break.

Let's start with this. Wonder Woman has been a hit since she came out in comic form... she was a founding member of the Justice League This is not some new female character that they invented which the public accepted. She has been a hit with the public since 1941... waaaaaaay back when men wore skins and clubbing women over the head to rape them was accepted (in feminist lore at least). So her being popular is nothing new, so claiming that she represents some sort of sea change is stupid.

Secondly, not to burst anyone's bubble, but Wonder Woman was created by a man. A pervert. So feminists claiming her as a symbol of their success is rather ironic and silly.

Third, before anyone claims that this was the first successful movie directed by a woman, let me point out that this director chickie (Patty Jenkins) didn't exactly pull Wonder Woman out of her *ss. She was hired by male-run D.C. Comics to bring a well-loved, male-created character to the screen as part of the male-created idea of turning comic book characters into big screen franchises. That's hardly taking a risk or testing new ground. Now, let's compare that to... oh, I don't know... Kathryn Bigelow, who directed the unknown story Point Break and had a huge hit. Or how about Penny Marshall directing Big? Then there's Martha Coolidge's Real Genius, Penelope Spheeris' Wayne's World, and Vicky Jenson's Shrek. I guess feminists couldn't be bothered to look those up before declaring Wonder Woman some unheard of triumph for womankind.

And what's this crap about Wonder Woman being the first successful female action hero? Did they not see Resident Evil and it's franchise? Didn't Uma Thurman star in Kill Bill? Didn't Jennifer Lawrence head the Hanger Games. I swear there was a woman in Alien... Sigourney something or other. Women have been action heroes a long time... if feminists paid attention.

Next, why are feminists drawn to women dressed in slinky costumes as role models? Seriously, what gives?

Finally, let me say this again for all the little feminists who just don't seem to get it. You make your own success. If you can't be a success until other people "empower" you, then you are useless. And if you find inspiration from fictinal character, then you're an even bigger idiot.

Crazy.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Trumped Up Headlines

With Britain looking like it plans to elect its own Bernie Sanders and commit mass suicide, let's ignore reality and have some fun.

Here is some bad news for the left that has come up in the past few days.
1. Hillary Clinton owned slaves while in Arkansas... as did Bill.

2. Comey confirms that Obama's Attorney General tried to influence FBI to drop Hillary investigation.

3. Socialists may actually take power in Britain... "good God what will we be blamed for now?"

4. Bernie supporter arrested for espionage.

5. Bernie supporter kills two people after attacking Muslims. Likely Bernie supporter steals wedding ring from dead hero.

6. Arabs care as much about terrorism as the rest of us... except the Saudi national soccer team refused to participate in a moment of silence to honor the London terrorism victims. Apparently, killing infidels isn't a sin, so participating made no sense.

7. Vegan diets cause kids to fall behind in school... drinking almond milk instead of regular milk results in children being 1.5 centimeters shorter.

8. The Wonder Woman characters was invented by some dude into S&M.
Not good, not good. But we can do better. Let's come up with some leftist headlines. What is a leftist headline? It's what you see at all the leftist news sites: lies, distortions, painful mental gymnastics, all to make their worldview make sense. Here are some examples:
Unemployment down, but white men benefit!

Employment rises, but are jobs healthy?

Trump saves children from drowning... how many will grow up to be rapists?

Fat stripper responds to troll, and we are inspired.

Bastion of free speech, Harvard cancels admissions of ten students who tell jokes the left doesn't like.

Could absence of anti-Trump evidence at Congressional Hearing be the smoking gun?
How about yours?
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Little Big Shots

I was going to write something meaningful, life-changing, and totally relevant probably about Comey or something. But, I got sidetracked by turning on my TV and tuning into a show called "Little Big Shots" hosted by Steve Harvey. Have any of you seen this show?

I have watched it before and am always caught off guard by how wholesome it is. If you haven't seen it, Steve Harvey (a modern day Art Linkletter) interviews children around the world who are on the show to show off their various and sundry talents gleened from Youtube videos and Facebook postings - singers, dancers, athletes, and some are just amazing public speakers. But what all of them have one thingk in common - they are just down-to-earth kids mostly between the ages of 5-16 who are extremely respectful, wholesome, and amazingly talented.

Here is a sample from tonight's show:



The voice of angel! And I love that the interpretor for the non-English speaking children are other children. It's just a wonderful.

And this kid...a future President?



It's just heartwarming, and hopeful for the world's future. With all of the bad, negative crap in the world, it's great to see really something postive and wholesome that families can watch together without fear. And, from the advertising, there is going to be a version hosted by Steve Harvey with the over-80 crowd showing off their talent that just shows that "It ain't over until it's over!"

Anyway, back to reality. The floor is open.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Reality Sucks... Liberal Style

With Kathy Griffin trying to explain her crapulence by obliviously doubling down on it, the weekend apparently became open season for liberals whining that reality sucks. Enjoy!

● Crime and Punishment 1: Interesting article this weekend about the 230 rioters ("Black Bloc Anarchists") who were arrested in DC for "protesting Trump" during his inauguration. This is a group who thought they could burn cars, shatter windows and engage in a running fight with cops and pro-Trump protesters. Apparently, these moronic "anarchists" (read: socialists) thought this was acceptable, and that all they would get would be a slap on the wrist if caught. But now they are facing up to 80 years in prison for felony rioting and other charges... and the government is serious about sentencing them too. Whined one:
"I am wondering if my 24th birthday next week will be my last as a free person. [ed. boo hoo hoo] I've never in my life had such a painful and stressful experience. There are no words to convey the severity of this. ... I'm pretty shocked by the impact it's had on my personal life. It seems that innocent until proven guilty is a falsehood - all the way from the prosecution and police to the people who had previously supported me in my activism. It's hanging over my head the entire time, which makes it really challenging. It hinders your ability to plan your life."
Maybe you shouldn't have set out to "Make Racists Afraid Again"? Maybe you shouldn't have started fires, damaged buildings, attacked people? See, idiots, this was all avoidable if you hadn't chosen to act like Nazis. The funny part is that it never occurred to her that they would get punished. Even funnier, she never expected her friends to abandon her because of her "activism." Reality sucks.

● Crime and Punishment 2: A Bernie Sanders supporter with the world's most stupid name "Reality Winner" was arrested this weekend because she got a job with a contractor who worked for the NSA and she decided to leak classified material to her friends in the media to "Resist Trump." Now she's facing at least 10 years in prison. Of course, having done this and filled her social media with vile hate for America and Americans, her parents are now claiming that she meant no wrong. Naturally, the parents of such a turd are also suggesting a conspiracy... and that is why your kid is going to prison, shitheads. Reality strikes again.

● Colin Kaepernick: The leftist media is really going into a tizzy that no one will sign Colin Kaepernick. The reason is obvious: they don't want to believe that they can actually suffer sanction for their fringe views, and the fact no one wants Kaepernick shows them the truth. They aren't giving in to reality yet though. One idiot wrote this on the weekend:
"Owners may be shying away from signing Colin Kaepernick because they fear a fan backlash, but it’s also worth considering how many fans a team will gain if it signs Kaepernick."
Uh, that would be none. Kaepernick's support in the NFL was about 40 players out of 1,900. The NFL suffered a huge fall in ratings. Articles supporting him are generally shouted down at a 10-1 rate. The owner of the Giants said they get mail from people demanding that he not be signed, even though they've never considered it. What proof do you have that he isn't poison? Oh but wait...
"Kaepernick revealed on social media today that he’s been inundated with fan mail. 'I want to thank the people for the support! My parents sent me these photos yesterday and continue to receive dollies full of mail in support! I couldn’t do this without the people, I love you,' Kaepernick wrote."
See! See! Kaepernick self reported that he gets fan mail, which proves the public really loved him! Wee! What? There's more? Oh, I can't wait.
"That’s not the first piece of data that shows Kaepernick has a big fan base: NFL Shop revealed in September, shortly after Kaepernick began his national anthem protest, that Kaepernick’s jersey was the league’s top-selling piece of merchandise."
Uh, yeah. That was for one weekend and could have been as little as a couple hundred jerseys. Since that time, he doesn't even appear on the list anymore of players worth noting for their sales. So that idea is wishful thinking. But wait, there's more...
"Kaepernick is a polarizing figure, but being polarizing isn’t necessarily a bad thing. By definition, a polarizing figure has a lot of people who support him, and in Kaepernick’s case those people will be eager to cheer for his team this season."
Wow. First, that's a tautology. You defined him in a way that caused your conclusion. Secondly, the modern definition of polarizing does not imply that anyone supports him, it now means controversial. Third, Hitler was polarizing. Does that mean he was popular too? Idiot. Accept the truth, dude. Your buddy is fringe of the fringe, and his fringe is unpalatable.

● Gaying Kids 1: I’ve come to realize that Yahoo is essentially staffed with fat women with low self-esteem, who think that if they can just put out enough articles about fat women responding to trolls on instagram or gay couples getting married that their own miserable lives will suddenly have meaning. Staff meetings must be a joy. Anyways, one article Yahoo featured prominently this weekend was about a rotten mother who is taking pictures of her “son” in dresses because it gets her off... uh, to show she brainwashed her kid into thinking gender stereotypes don’t matter. She claims all she wants is tolerance and to not be accused of abusing her son. Of course, she is abusing her son, but that’s a matter for another day. What I found interesting was that Yahoo pimped this story as "important" and tried to sell the idea that this woman's sick view was now widely accepted, yet they made it impossible to comment on the story. Every other article on Yahoo’s page was open to comments, but not this one. Why not? Because despite trying to push sh*t like this as normal, the fat leftist chicks at Yahoo know it is not normal and they don’t want the public bursting their bubbles.

● Gaying Kids 2: Today, there is a bunch of whining over an ad by Benetton which shows three little gay boys with their arms wrapped around each other. At least, I assume they're gay because heterosexual boys don't look or act like these three. Anyways, the caption said, "Sorry ladies, no girls allowed." Which makes even more sense when you get they are gay. Anyways, the League of Whiny Women went insane. "How dare you exclude girls!!" Of course, this was the same league who were outraged that a man tried to see "Wonder Woman" at a women's only showing last week.

● I'm Confused: Finally this. A bad dogma collision. Somebody wrote the N-word on Lebron James's house in Beverly Hills last weekend. Of course, this became all about racism because white people never get insulted. Then Jason Whitlock of FS1 Network stepped in it. He said that racism against rich blacks isn't racism. This makes sense when you look at the hierarchy of leftist hate thought. Racism is always bad, right? Wrong. Racism against conservative blacks is not racism. It is, in fact, deserved. What's more, rich people are evil and need to be killed for their crimes (except Warren Buffett and Obama). So it makes sense that a leftist would conclude that rich-hate trumps hate of racists. Ergo, race crimes against rich blacks don't count.

The left lost their minds... because racism is always bad (except when it isn't) and they would never suggest that hate is acceptable (except when they do).

Even more interestingly, one idiot "journalist" twisted this to say what Whitlock was doing was creating controversy to move his network to the right because vague forces are pushing the sports networks to the hard right. So think about that: to move a network to the right, a racist black journalist made a point that we should hate rich people even if they are black. Does that sound right wing to you? Didn't think so. But that is how leftists twist reality to avoid their shameful views when they are exposed in the light of day.

Losers.
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Heartbreaking to Heartwarming...

There is some wisdom in not jumping to conclusions before you have all or a least most of the facts first. It's hard these days to not think that the entire world is filled with bad people doing bad things. But sometimes if you just wait for the facts to come out, it can really turn out to be something quite different. It can turn from heartbreaking to heartwarming and downright funny.

Here is an example.

An Air Force veteran and his family recently moved to San Antonio, Texas, and put out little American flags on display in their new garden in honor of Memorial Day. Soon after the little flags were placed, they started to disappear leaving only the tiny poles in place. The family was heartbroken that people could be so mean and were upset that maybe they had moved to a hostile place.

Fortunately for them, their new next-door neighbor had been filming the culprits on her cellphone and showed it to the family. Busted, they thought. They could bring these thieves to justice! Well, their heartbreak and revenge soon turned into something quite different. It turns out the evil, flag-stealing culprits were two resourceful squirrels industriously building a nest in the top of a tree for their little squirrel family and were just using the flags as readily available materials! Clever little rodents!



The neighbor told them that she saw one of the squirrels tear off the first flag and, so amazed by its cleverness, she started filming the rest of the theft. Ten flags in all were ripped from their little poles with great effort by these two little thieves and used to make quite a colorful little nest in the tree.

So the moral of this story is that sometimes when you think the worst of people, it could really just be squirrels building a nest.
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Liberals Being Stupid

Liberals are morons. There's no doubt about it. Their ideas -- if you can call them that... perhaps "feelings" is a better word for it -- will bankrupt nations, destroy lives, create chaos, encourage the evil, discourage virtues, and just generally mess everything up.

● Liberals in California want to impose a single payer health system on the state. To give you a sense of how stupid this is, consider this statement from Modesto Republican Tom Berryhill:
“If we cut every single program and expense from the state budget and redirected that money to this bill, SB 562, we wouldn’t even cover half of the $400-billion price tag.”
Even socialist, wealthy Vermont couldn't pull this turkey off. But believe it or not, I'm all in favorite of it. Why? Because I like watching liberals sh*t the bed. Moreover, it would be good for the rest of us to have a nice little beacon of disaster to point to when the idiots in our own states try to do the same thing.

● Beyond that, Maxine Waters and her posse want to impeach Trump. I'm all for that too. It won't go anywhere but it will once again highlight just how obsessed and messed up the Democrats are. That could help a good deal with the midterm elections.

● There was apparently something called the "March for Truth." This was a group of anti-Trump types who held rallies in a handful of cities demanding blah blah blah truth! This was so ineffective that it was even ignored by leftist news cites. Yahoo didn't even mention it until two days later and then in one tiny article down the page. It sounds like the left has lost its energy. It also sounds like after making "truth" and more specifically "trutherism" into such a bad thing, a march for "truth" probably won't provide the best optics. Neither will the signs with the four letter words. Keep marching, idiots.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Paranoid Time!

Come one... come all... show us your most creative paranoias. For inspiration, think of Kathy Griffin. Poor, poor Kathy's press conference devolved into a toxic mix of rage, self-pity and total obliviousness to her crapulence. But from this festival of hate did come one endearing thought: "There's a bunch of old white guys trying to silence me!"

Really? So a white chick is claiming racism when the public gets upset at her pretending to cut off the head of a white President. Hmm.

Well, I believe you Kathy. I really do. See, I've always been convinced that a council of black elders has been trying to silence me my whole life. Yep. These five black men, each of whom weighs 300+ pounds and wears a purple or yellow or orange striped suit, has been stalking me my whole life. Every time I try to cut off someone's head for fun, they wag their filthy cigars at me and stop me. Booo! I'm suuuuuuuch a victim!

So I'm with you Kathy. Oh, I'm not as ugly as you and I'm not a hate-filled little troll like you, but I do feel your pain. What kind of world do we live in where the public can deny us their support just because we engage in hateful displays? Is there no First Amendment anymore? Sigh.

Anyways, Kathy needs support. So tell us, who's stopping you? Give us your best paranoid enemies list! Do it for Kathy. :D
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

"Only in New York, kids, only in New York!"

Let's just dive right in...

First up, June 11, 2017 - Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade:

Throughout the year, NYC has a series of annual parades to celebrate the diversity that is makes up the mosaic of our population in here. We have parades for everything from Gay Pride to Tartan Pride to St. Patrick's Pride. All to emphasize the great mosaic that is NYC. But this year is particularly special.

On June 11, 2017, NYC will honor it's first terrorist in the annual Puerto Rican Day parade! At the urging of the NYC City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, NYC will be honoring a man who once had a hand in bombing us - Oscar López Rivera. Oscar López Rivera had been in federal prison since 1981, convicted for "seditious conspiracy" to overthrow the the government of the United States, in relation to his membership in the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional, or FALN. Between 1974 and 1983, the FALN claimed responsibility for more than 70 bombings in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. The bombings caused millions in property damage, dozens of injuries and five deaths.

Their most famous was a bombing at Fraunce's Tavern in lower Manhattan that killed 4 people including police officers and maiming dozens of other. [For you history buffs, Fraunce's Tavern was where Gen Washington bid farwell to his troops.] Barack Obama commuted his 55 year sentence to 35 years of this convicted felon in the 11th hour of his presidency and he was released from prison. Mark-Viverito flew down to Puerto Rico to greet him on his exit.

As of today, most if not all of the corporate sponsors of the parade have pulled out including the Police Commissioner and the Puerto Rican police societies. Even the Governor of Puerto Rico is condemning Lopez' honor. Amazingly Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Schumer, and a myriad of other city/state officials have come up with last minute "scheduling conflicts", so they can't march. Only Mayor DeBlasio and Mark-Viverito who are proud to march along side a known convicted terrorist. It will interesting to see what happens next as many in the Puerto Rican community are declining to attend because they never wanted this great celebratory parade to be tainted with politics.

**UPDATE** Rivera has declined to be honored by the Puerto Rican Parade and will just march as a regular participant. Though DeBlasio had decided before this announcement that he would march in the parade, but not with Rivera. Mark-Viverito remains silent...finally.

Next up: Alamo RoadHouse/Feminist discrimination with Steve Miller aka @redsteeze...

Oh, come on this has been going on for days on Twitter. Alamo Drafthouse, a longtime movie theatre/bar-restaurant (originating in Dallas in the '80's) opened up a chain in Brooklyn where they announced they would be having a special Women's Only showing of "Wonder Woman" - No Men Allowed. Well, at least one man (Steve Miller of Twitter Blue-check fame) took exception to the advertising and bought a ticket. Well, you'd think that he had killed a puppy! The screaming/shouting/ranting at him on Twitter went on all through Memorial Day weekend and into the last few days. (Well, until Kathy Griffin took over...) How dare a man want to...well, you can imagine. Miller's point is that you can't demand equality on one hand and discriminate on the other. Yeah, it's just a movie and before it was just a cake or a florist or the Little Sisters of Charity. What Miller did most was just help point up how intrenched the "Rules of Thee, BUt Not For Me" have become for our lefty friends.


Now for the finish - Continuing Saga of the Bull, The Fearless Girl, and...a Pissing Dog??? Oy...

Okay, now this was really funny. Well, at least for me. So remember the Wall Street Bull statue issue a few months ago? Yeah, the one where one of the big Wall Street investment firms decided, as a marketing gimic to add a statue of a little girl standing up against the Bull to...oh, I don't even care what for. It became a thing about gender equality or something. The Bull artist was upset because it destroyed the original vision of his artwork. Lawsuits ensued




Well, anyway, this weekend, another clever artist decided to add his own piece to the mix to show solidarity to the original "Bull" artist. He added a paper mache dog hiking his leg on the the Fearless Girl...


By the way, the dog didn't last long, but it sure was funny. I was hoping someone would add either a "Dog Catcher With Net" or a "Truant Officer" next. Heck even a "Matador With Cape" would work...

So to end, I am stealing the fitting tagline from famous NY Post Gossip Columnist Cindy Adams: "Only in New York, kids, only in New York!".
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Make Up Your Mind, Hillary

Hillary has given another interview at a tech conference in which she firmly places the blame on why she lost on everyone and everything but herself. It's ridiculous. Indeed, Hillary assured us that she took responsibility "for every choice" she made, "but that’s not why I lost.” Right, it's not me... it's everything else. So what is everything?

Here are some of the things Hillary blamed:

● Russian cyberattacks which somethingsomething and won the election!

● Trump conspired with 1,000 Russian "hackers" who "filled Facebook with lies." They "weaponized" internet lies. Oh, and she thinks it was the Trump people who showed the Russians how to do this:
“The Russians, in my opinion ... could not have known how best to weaponize that information unless they have been guided ... by Americans. I think it’s fair to ask, how did that actually influence the campaign, and how did they know what messages to deliver? Who told them? Who were they coordinating with, and colluding with?”
Right, because no dirty foreigner can understand Americans.

● The Democratic National Committee’s data operation was crap. She said they had no usable information, and the Republican technology was better.
"I get the nomination, I'm now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party. I mean, it was bankrupt; it was on the verge of insolvency; its data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong."
● The letter former FBI Director James Comey sent to Congress about her private email server a week before the election cost her critical ground.

● The media covered the email scandal "as if it were Pearl Harbor."

● Sexism/misogyny

● And today, she added a new one: the “very broad assumption that I was going to win.” It's not clear how this caused her to lose, nor did she bother to mention that her entire campaign was about inevitability, but sure, why not. The fact people thought she would win is why she lost... for some reason.

So SSDD. She won't take any blame. It's all someone else's fault. It's the fault of broad social trends, a vast right-wing conspiracy with the Russians, and her allies (i.e. the FBI and the Media) actually investigating her crimes and not smearing Trump like they were supposed to.

And this is the woman the left wanted as President?
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Smoke and Mirrors on Crime

I read an article the other day that really bothered me. It had to do with legislation meant to discourage attacks on cops and it really hit me that the left is playing a shell game. Observe.

The article in question was an AP article reporting that many states are adding laws to their books (or beefing theirs up) which make it an extra crime to commit a crime against a police officer. In other words, while the underlying crime is already illegal, these laws add an extra punishment if the victim of the crime is a police officer. The intent of laws like this is to raise the penalty for crimes against officers to make the world safer for the police by making criminals more likely to submit when confronted by the cops. Most states already have these laws but with this idea of a war on cops, these states are beefing them up.

Naturally, the left is outraged. Black Lives Matters types are whining that this is sending the signal that states want the cops to oppress them, and the article reflected that. It let these comments go without question. It never pointed out that these laws apply to things like assaults, not protesting, and that it's easy to avoid being punished by these laws by simply not committing the crimes. It also took as fact that there is an epidemic of white cops killing blacks, even as the article could only identify two examples -- the guy in Minnesota and Ferguson, Missouri. And it questioned whether there is a war on cops even as it mentioned the 21 ambushed in Dallas (while ignoring Tennessee, New York and other places) and the fact 143 cops were killed last year. So 2 dead blacks is an epidemic, 143 dead cops is doubtful it's anything.

More importantly, the article noted that: "Police deaths on the job have generally declined over the past four decades, from a recent high of 280 in 1974 to a low of 116 in 2013." Then it said that because of this, it was doubtful if these laws were needed or would help. But this is a shell game.

Starting in the 1970s, conservatives began fighting back against two decades of liberalism in the criminal justice system. Those laws were put into place and the crime rate fell. These laws included harsher sentences... harsher sentences for specific crimes... harsher sentences for crimes against officers... etc. And the more conservative laws got put in place, the more the crime rate fell. What the author does here is identify the falling crime rate without mentioning that conservative laws are the most likely cause for it. He then says that because the crime rate is already falling (apparently by magic), there's no evidence such laws are needed. Basically, he's ignoring cause and effect so he can claim that people proposing more of the cause are proposing something that has no effect.

It's a bit like dieting to lose weight, pretending that the weight you lost was just a natural trend of things, and then telling people who suggest more dieting that there is no basis to assume that dieting works.

And the more I thought about this, the more I realized that this has been the liberal coping strategy with criminal laws my entire life. When the crime rate was soaring under their laws, it was just a random thing. When it was falling under conservative laws, they ignored the blatantly obvious connection between conservative laws and lower crime. And now that the crime rate is so low, liberals argue against conservative laws on the basis that the crime rate is so magically low that we don't need them... the very laws that cause the crime rate to fall. This is intellectual fraud. And you see it here, where the author flat out ignores the connection between laws protecting cops and falling cop deaths and then turns around assumes that the beefing up of these laws will prove ineffective.

What's more, check this out. One of their "experts" said that these laws "reek of political pressure to do something symbolic as a way of expressing solidarity with police officers," as if that's a bad thing. She then says, "The problems that need to be solved are really problems on the ground. They're not gaps in the statute." Yet, when it comes to guns or rape or other causes they like, it doesn't matter how packed the statute already is... "somebody needs to do something!" and that something is more laws to make even more illegal what is already illegal.

So they think that extra laws do deter conduct, unless it's laws that protect cops.

Thoughts?
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Answering Life's Burning Questions...

Did you miss me? Yeah, I have been on a little Italian holiday away from the constant hub and bub of life. Therefore, I have been out of the loop in the politi-sphere and most every other kind of 'spheres too. But just in case you think that I was just sitting around drinking fabulous wine on the piazza and eating every shape of pasta imaginable, let me dispel you have that little myth right now!

I was on a quest to answer one of life's great burning questions. And I am excited to report that I finally have the answer...

YES, THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA REALLY DOES LEAN!!!**


It was really wonderful disconnecting with reality for a couple of weeks. Everyone should do it! Though I must say, it seems that nothing changed while I have been on my political sabbatical. Just in case I missed something really important like, oh, I don't know...maybe something about Russians or aliens invading a la "Mars Attacks", let me know.

More on my trip later since I am still in the throws of jet lag, so feel free to catch me up.

**I suspect that it could be possible that it's not the Tower that leans, but the town. Who's to say there isn't just a conspiracy of perspective. Just sayin'.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Head Scratcher

So I'm really scratching my head about this terrorism thing. Not the terrorists... I understand them... but the left. What a messed up little group they are. Here are my thoughts and questions:

● As I mentioned in the comments earlier, I find it amazing that all these celebrities care now that one of their own has been victimized, when they saw prior attacks as mere political opportunities to lecture average Americans about tolerance.

● Have you noticed how little coverage there is right now of this terrorist event? All the leftist sites stopped talking about it and went back to their insipid obsession: Melina won't hold Trump's hand! He's going to get impeached people!! Yahoo's front page barely mentions it.

The MSM has shifted the discussion from the attack to attacking people they don't like who comment on the attack: "How dare fringe right winger X say ____!" Apparently, it's a bigger crime to the MSM to speak ill of people who kill children than it is to kill children. One bit of @fakeoutrage they've covered extensively is banished loser Milo Yan-(sp) accusing Grande of being pro-Islam and anti-American. Who exactly does Milo speak for? They've also spent a ton of time covering how sad and depressed poor Ariana is after this thing... while ignoring the families who lost someone. The New York Times is talking about how Ariana Grande, who sells her body for fame, is a feminist.

● If Ariana really cared, shouldn't she give the proceeds of the concert to the victims? Funny how that hasn't come up. I guess terrorism is horrible, but shouldn't stand in the way of profit. Maybe the government will take care of them.

● I have to tell you that I think the government(s) better get a handle on this. Looking at history, when people of one race/religion target people of another race/religion and the government doesn't seem to be able to stop it, a desire builds for revenge until it pops. At some point, one of these assholes is going to blow something up and some person or persons are going to go through Muslim neighborhoods slaughtering hundreds of Muslims.

Even worse would be if some educated dude had enough. See, the thing you don't realize is that our criminal justice system works because criminals are retards. They are too stupid to come up with anything grand or to pull it off. But kill the daughter of a scientist and you may find some Arab city smouldering in a nuclear glow or corpses piling up from a poison water supply. Not good... but that's how people stop things the government tells them can't be stopped.

Thoughts
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Whining Continues...

The left's meltdown continues...

● Waaah Trump!: So here's the progression on the coverage of Trump's trip...
(1) Trump is only going overseas to avoid being indicted... HE'S RUNNING AWAY!!!

(2) This trip is ruined before it begins because Trump has angered all Arabs -- Trump is too stupid to know what to do -- Trump criticized the wise Obama ergo he's a fool and doomed... HE'S GOING TO FAIL!!!

(3) Ha ha! Look at all these people on Twitter mocking him! HE'S AN EMBARRASSMENT!!!

(4) OMG Trump has insulted the Saudis in some way -- Melina has angered the Saudis by not wearing a headscarf and wearing pants/damn Trump for attacking Michelle Obama for not wearing a headscarf -- why is Ivanka even there, how embarrassing... THEY'RE MAKING US LOOK LIKE FOOLS!

(5) OMG Melina spoke to the Saudi's about "empowerment" what does that b**ch know about empowerment?... THIS IS EMBARRASSING!!!

(6) Ok, so Melina was a hit and is being revered for her fashion sense, but that's not what counts -- and Ivanka is being revered for some unknown reason by the whole population of Saudi Arabia, but that's not what counts... THIS DOESN'T MATTER!!! AND DIDN'T SHE DRESS ILLEGALLY? DOESN'T SHE RESPECT SAUDI LAW ON WOMEN?!!!

(7) Trump got an arms deal with the Saudis which will mean tens of thousands of high end us manufacturing deals and much closer ties with the Saudis versus Iran, but um, uh other presidents did this too so who cares -- oh and it's dangerous to do!... HE'S RECKLESS!!!

(8) Uh, so the Saudis are saying Trump has opened a new age in Arab and American relationships, but that's um... THIS DOESN'T MATTER!!!

(9) Melina and Ivanka lectured the Saudis on women's rights and got a massive commitment to fund women's empowerment around the globe, but that's uh... THIS DOESN'T MATTER!!!

(10) Uh, so the Saudis have agreed to start fighting Islamic extremism, something the State Department has been trying but failing at, but but but, um, the right used to say that the Saudis were behind global extremism!! THIS IS GOING TO FAIL AND IT'S ALL TRUMP's FAULT!!!
HuffPo actually opened their discussion of the trip with this:
President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia has been fraught with controversy, from a potentially-illegal $110 billion arms deal, to his shifting rhetoric on Islam, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’ massive donation to Ivanka Trump’s “women’s empowerment” fund.
There's nothing illegal with the arms sale. Who cares about the shifting rhetoric? The Saudis didn't. The donation is a good thing. And they've skipped mentioning the Saudi effort against extremism and their praise of the Trumps. How pathetic. What's more, the article is about how people are mocking Trump for touching a glowing orb. Think about that. They falsely dismiss the substance of what he's done, dismiss the statements of the hosts and make fun of him for being courteous. That's really pathetic. That pathologically evasive of inconvenient truth.

Then there's this:

● Imagine That: University of Missouri enrollment is down 35%. They are shocked. They knew there would be some fall out from the racial protests but they didn’t expect this. I suspect they saw it all wrong. They suspected leftists would be upset about the need to protest at all and that the leftists who looked elsewhere would be the drop in enrollment. That's why they caved in to them. But they had it backwards. The real problem was always with the majority who didn’t support the protests and who don’t like the idea of going to a school that caters to those fools... a much larger group who have no reason to go somewhere that f*cked up.

So the U of M is now promising to improve their image. My guess is they will go the wrong way with it and play up how diverse and repressive they are, and they won't understand why things don't get better.

● Pathetic: Some leftist assholes showed they lack the tolerance to deal with people with different views by walking out on Mike Pence. Just more proof the left is thin-skinned. Too bad they didn't wear stupid hats or the left might be calling this a movement. Maybe they should have worn poop emoji hats. Then they could be the Bowel Movement. Anyways, the only significance of this ill mannered intolerance is that it shows that the left would be acting no differently if Rubio or Pence or someone else had won. They aren't anti-Trump, they are anti-opposition. Don't forget that when you deal with them.

Thoughts?
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Delicate Flower After All...

The sports media world is aghast at the horribly sexist way Lavar Ball treated a female reporter. Have you no shame, sir! Too bad this is a false narrative.

Some background. Lavar Ball is an asshole. That is beyond dispute. The guy is a neverwas athlete who is exploiting the abilities of his son Lonzo Ball to try to make a buck and satiate his ego. Some of his more outrageous idiocy has included saying that his son would only work out for the Lakers and telling Boston not to draft him, telling Nike/Adidas/UnderAmore that his son wants a billion dollars for a shoe deal, saying he could have beaten Micheal Jordan in his prime, and excusing his son's failure to get too far in the NCAA tournament by blaming it on him being surrounded by "slow white guys." He's a racist, a fool, a jerk and probably an abusive father. I am not a fan.

Anyways, to exploit his son's 15 minutes of fame, he created his own shoe line for his family: The Big Baller Brand. This is a take off on their last name being Ball as well as the current popularity of the term "Baller" and the phrase "Balling." It might also be a penis joke, but not primarily. The problem is, he has priced the shoes way out of the market and has barely sold any.

So the other day, he appeared on a talk show where reportette/assistant eye candy Kristine Leahy tried to ask him about the sales of his shoes. He refused to answer, telling her to "stay in her lane" in a testy exchange. The butt-hurt network immediately sprang into action, declaring this "sexism!!" Soon, every single leftist sports journalist echoed this, with some even going so far as to call for him to be banned from television -- because leftists love to ban people. Must destroy those we don't like!

Here's the thing though. This is not sexism, not even close.

Indeed, let's test it. Is the phrase in any way gender specific? Nope. It can be said to either gender with the exact same meaning. It has no secret special meaning for women either. So how is it sexist? What's more, how is it even inappropriate? If he had said this to the male host instead of his eye candy, no one would have batted an eye. So how is this sexism?

Basically, the left has taken a statement with no gender content or applicability or intent and turned it into "sexism" because of the simple fact it was negative and it was said to a woman. Translation: it is sexist to be rude to a female journalist. That's mighty puritanical.

It gets better too. See, his statement was not unprovoked. Leahy has previously attacked Ball for his parenting skills and his relationship with his son. I wouldn't talk to her either after that. Further, she also said prior to the interview that "as a woman, [she] would never wear" his brand. So when she starts trying to ask him pointed questions about his sales, I would think "stay in your lane" is pretty valid response. She didn't stop either. She demanded to know why he wouldn't talk to her at which point she called the brand name sexist -- even though it is a common term used by men and women in pop culture -- and saying basically that women should not buy his clothing line. She then went on to complain that she "has a right to say what shirt I would or wouldn't wear," yet somehow thinks it's disrespectful for him to exercise his right not to talk to her. The butt-hurt network seems to have missed that he does have that right in their zeal to save this poor blameless damsel in distress from imagined sexism.

This really highlights the problem of the modern left. They have no principles. They squeal about sexism if you don't treat women just like men and then squeal about sexism if you do. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. It's the same thing with their views on every other one of their butt-hurt causes. No matter what you do when it comes to women, blacks, gays, Muslims, criminals, welfare types, single moms, illegals, etc., you are damned if you do and damned if you don't and they want to destroy you as a person either way. Basically, they are using any excuse to express hate.

This wasn't sexism. This wasn't even a controversial statement. She was biased and attacked him. He had a right to refuse to talk to her. The end. There is no story here. The fact the left wants this to be a story tells you all you need to know about how fair their complaints really are.

If you want to be seen as equal, stop demanding that we coddle you.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Couple Thoughts Today

There hasn't been much news lately, between Trumpsanity getting a second wind on the interwebs these days and the obsession with not-news news. So here are some thoughts on what I see these days.

Thought One: My Trump fatigue is getting worse, but not in the way the left wants. There is so much insane anti-Trump stuff every day that I am honestly at a point where I can't take it anymore. I simply refuse to believe anything the left says anymore and I no longer care what Trump is accused of. I could know for a fact that he drinks the blood of children in the White House and I refuse to care. This is what happens when a million boys scream WOLF on continuous loop. I guess the left never read that one.

Thought Two: The anti-Trump stuff is the establishment thrashing about in a sort of death throw at the moment. It reminds me of a giant monster that is finally stabbed in the heart and then thrashes its tentacles all over the place in an overly dramatic death scene. Now I know why prior revolutions put these people up against the wall rather than simply trying to unseat them. It's also interesting to me how much of the conservative movement falls into this group.

Thought Three: If you want to now why Russia is a eunuch and China is a paper tiger, consider these two facts. Our defense budget is three times both of theirs combined. Trump is looking to increase the defense budget by about as much as Putin spends in total. Still seem scary? They shouldn't. In that kind of world, neither Russia nor China is actually prepared to take us on.

Thought Four: There is an interesting demographic history to the US. You can basically break our history up into periods when an invasion of immigrants or whatnot seemed to be poised to remake America, only to sputter out. Irish, Jews, Eastern Europeans all had their day. Prior to World War II, the Japanese were going to take the West Coast. After the Civil War and through reconstruction, Blacks were going to out breed whites for the title of majority. None of this panned out. The Japanese are probably the smallest Asian group in the US. Jews stopped having babies around 6% of the population. Black growth petered out at 11% today. Hispanic growth has all but stopped and will soon go backwards. They will likely peter out at 15%. The next group trying for the crown will be Chinese.

There are a butt load of Chinese who want to come here, but China is peaking right now and will soon start to shrink massively. They are 1.2% of the population and I suspect they never get about 3%. Indians will follow them, but they have the same problem. They are 1.2% as well and I doubt they get to 2%.

I think what this means is that it's a lot harder to change a country demographically than people think. And I think it means the Democrats made a huge mistake in relying on their supporters out-breeding whites.

Thought Five: Did you know the 80's are back? Pop music sounds remarkably stolen from the 1980s. Adidas track suits are in. Even some of the slang is back. How did this happen?
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Liberal Voters Are Apparently Stupid

I saw an article today about how the Wisconsin voter ID law disenfranchised up to 300,000 morons. The article is worth a chuckle. Observe.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- State Sen. Mary Lazich was adamant: The bill Republicans were about to push through the Wisconsin state Senate, requiring that voters present identification at the polls, would do no harm. "Not a single voter in this state will be disenfranchised by the ID law," Lazich promised.
Well, I spent five years looking for someone who got disenfranchised and I finally found one! IN YOUR FACE REPUBLICANS!!!
By one estimate, 300,000 eligible voters in the state lacked valid photo IDs heading into the election...
Wow, that's 10.7% of the total voters and it took you this long to find a single person to talk about? How pathetic are your journalistic skills douchebag? Oh and for the record, 700,000 more people voted after the law (2016) than before it (2012), a 75% increase. So how does it make sense that 300,000 people are missing?
... it is unknown how many people did not vote because they didn't have proper identification.
I thought it was 300,000, no?
But it is not hard to find the Navy veteran whose out-of-state driver's license did not suffice, or the dying woman whose license had expired, or the recent graduate whose student ID was deficient... (after a five year search)
Stop. The military veteran should have brought his military ID, like they do for all other things. That's how it's done an any soldier who doesn't realize that is an idiot. If the dying woman can vote, she can also go get her license. In fact, if Wisconsin is like every other state I've lived in, she could get it in the mail. And when has a student ID ever meant sh*t anywhere off campus except bars near the school. Try giving that to a cop when you get caught speeding. These are not legitimate gripes. These are idiots who have the ID they need and didn't bother to bring it.
In the end, Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes went to Republican Donald Trump, who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by roughly 22,000 votes. But the battle over voter ID laws continues.
See, Hillary would have won by 280,000 votes if all 300,000 not-really-missing votes had been counted.
Under the Wisconsin law, voters must present a driver's license, state ID, passport, military ID, naturalization papers or tribal ID to vote. A student ID is acceptable only if it has a signature and a two-year expiration date. Those who do not have their ID can cast a provisional ballot that will be counted only if they return with the proper ID within a few days of the election.
Sympathy switching to contempt. So you have to be a dipshit not to have the right documentation in the first place. Yep. And if you are such a dipshit, you can still come back a few days later to make sure your vote counts after they tell you what exactly to go get... documents you can get in half a day. Yep. How utterly stupid and/or lazy do you need to be for this to affect you?
Supporters have long argued such restrictions are needed to prevent voter fraud, while critics have decried the laws as undermining democracy and leading to the disenfranchisement of elderly and minority voters such as Harris.
Hmm. Are minorities really that dumb or are you using them condescendingly to make a fake point? And if they are... should they be voting anyways?
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

No Small Irony

For the past few weeks, most NFL analysts have been busy showing an astounding level of ignorance over the NFL draft. Seriously, these guys are so clueless that most should quietly disappear to their basements and put a football through their brains for the sake of honor... assuming they can even recognize the football. But now that the season of fawning over the physiques of big strong young men is over, it's time for them to return to politics. So we're back to Colin Kapernick.

Colin Kapernick remains unemployed. No surprise. And yet, liberal sportswriters are weeping into their keyboards about this "inexplicable situation." The thing is, it's not inexplicable at all... they caused it! Ha ha!

See, right now we are awash in articles which try to understand the inconceivable world in which Colin Kapernick is not on an NFL roster. These articles point out that NFL types have suggested that teams might be worried about his health. But that can't be because people near him assure us he is healthy. They might be worried that his Vegan diet will make him unhealthy, but "there are no studies that say that being a Vegan hurts your ability to play in the NFL." They say he stunk his last few years, but if you limit his numbers to a four game stretch against some awful teams and you kind of squint, then he's probably as good as the worst 5-6 starters. They even claim he might be a locker room cancer, but I found a guy who liked him! So why, oh why is this God among men not on an NFL roster?!!! There. Is. No. God!

This all gets wrapped up in the faulty assumption that somehow the default position should be that Kapernick has a job unless he is proven entirely unfit. That's simply not true. You need to earn those jobs. There is also a smear in these articles consisting of unspoken by hinted at allegations of some vague unsavory right-wing thing going on here. See, Kapernick has the absolute right to stand for what he believes in... or kneel. But apparently, NFL teams don't have the same rights, and to deny this man a place on your team is to love Hitler.

Here's the thing. Kapernick's skill level collapsed when he got exposed as a one-trick pony. Add in the health concerns and the questions regarding his focus and how much money he may or may not want and he's just not worth anyone's time. There are a dozen other guys with better track records who fall into the same category and remain unemployed. But all that is a red herring. The reason NFL teams won't touch him is the NFL media.

When Kapernick did his disrespectful anti-America crap, the sports media waddled to their keyboards as fast as they could to proclaim him a hero. They did their best to turn something less than 40 guys out of 1900 into a "national movement." And the result was a backlash. People burned his jersey. Attendance dropped. Televisions ratings dropped. In fact, these same journalists trumped that as proof that the fake movement they had invented was working!!! The NFL will be on its knees soon and will need to negotiate with us!!! MWooo ha ha ha!

So now that everything is over and the NFL has survived, why in the world would any NFL team court re-opening that can of worms? Sorry, Florio and Robinson and friends... you caused this. And I'm loving your wringing of hands now. Assholes.


As an aside, the NFL players union has been trying to destroy the NFL. I'm not kidding. They have done a massive number of things to undermine the league and attack the owners, everything from verbal abuse to frivolous lawsuits to hiding the top draft pick from the draft. And yet, this week, the NFL Players association made several bizarre comments about issues in which they "hoped" the league will do something for them out of the goodness of the League's heart. Really? What makes them think they can make themselves an enemy and then beg favors? Has the world gone stupid?

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Loser Speak

So I came across this article the other day about women in technology. The article really highlights to me the problem the article is talking around. Observe.

The article begins by noting that there aren't nearly as many female engineers as there are male engineers at the tech companies. This is true. And this will be the question the article attempts to solve. Unfortunately, things go downhill from here.

First, the article points out that a former Facebook engineer did an analysis last year which found that the code of female engineers was rejected much more often than that of male engineers. So is this possibly evidence of sexism and therefore the reason why there aren't more women? Well, no. According to Facebook, the analysis was "incomplete and inaccurate" and if you take into account the rank of the engineers in question, then the rejection rates become equal. In other words, the only reason there was a difference is they were comparing low-level newbie female engineers against the most experienced male engineers at the company. Remove that difference and the supposed gender difference vanishes.

So why even mention this discredited study?

Well, because the author has little else to offer. Indeed, she suddenly jumps to this statement after mentioning the study and that it's probably meaningless:
While we have seen some positive change in more recent years, the reality is that there still aren’t enough female engineers at the top. The more women who progress to these leadership roles, however, the more likely other women will recognize their own ability to do the same.
This is bait and switch. The author begins by mentioning a supposed problem and a discredited study which proves nothing and then jumps into advocacy based on this opening. Moreover, her statement is completely unsupported. Where is the proof that having more women at the top will somehow inspire other women?

And let me make this point, because I think it is the key point: this is loser thinking. I have never met a man in my entire life who needed to see someone else succeed before they decided they could do something. It is not part of our genetic makeup to need someone else to follow to help us "recognize our own ability to do the same." To the contrary, every man I've ever met has simply decided what he wanted to do and he went about doing it... whether anyone had done it before not. Moreover, the most successful ones did the things they did despite everyone telling them it couldn't be done.

If women want to succeed, they need to learn this. You will never be a success waiting for others to show you the way. You have to pick your own goal and make your own way.

The article then continues:
Perhaps there will never be a definitive answer as to why the proportion of men in technical positions, and subsequently leadership roles, far outpaces women.
This is really ironic as the article has done nothing to look into this or advance our understanding of the issue... nothing. Yet, this author now speculates that we may never know. Gee, quit easily, do you? Seriously, she examined zero possible causes and now decides that, gosh, maybe we'll never know. Worthless.

Moreover, she then proceeds to tell tech firms: "don't just check the box. Take diversity seriously." But where is the evidence that they aren't taking it seriously? She just admitted she has no idea what is really causing this issue, so why jump to this conclusion. Where is the evidence that the lack of women in tech firms is in any way the result of anything tech firms are or aren't doing? In fact, doesn't the discrediting of the study above suggest that the idea she once again casually treats as true that tech firms are sexist isn't true? Could articles like this be the problem?

Here's the thing. Articles like this push a false belief that hinders many women. That belief is that somehow they shouldn't do something until their betters show them the way. Either they need to follow in the footsteps of female trailblazers once the path is well-worn and easily trod (read: exhausted), or they need the boys to pat them on the head and let them into the winners' club. That's bullship. No one ever won that way except the retarded children of alumni.

The real problem, as I have observed by watching the herd of young girls my youngest travels in (and other women throughout the years), is the very idea of this sisterhood. The sisterhood is like a union for women broken into competing cliques, and liberal society tells girls to join it. Television shows push the idea of the sisterhood. "Girl power" is all about joining the girl herd. So many moms I've seen warn their daughters to get in with the right herd. Feminists push the idea of one sisterherd all united in their victimhood by phallus creatures. Even articles like this push the idea by lumping all women into one helpless mentality.

The problem is, to stay in the sisterhood, you basically need to follow union rules: never work harder or try harder or be more successful than the least of you. Don't make anyone feel bad. That is exactly the recipe for failure. Boy don't do this with the exception of ghetto/trash cliques, where education is seen as some sort of trick. They have no problem competing or letting their friends excel - no one gets upset, no one feels betrayed by another's success.

So my advice would be this. If you want more women to succeed in science or any other field, then stop them from sabotaging each other throughout their lives, drop this sisterhood nonsense, and stop telling them they aren't expected to succeed until someone else makes them a success. If you want to be a success... chart your own course.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Quick Thoughts

Let's start the week with some quick thoughts.

● Marine Le Pen lost in France is a damning landslide. I'm not surprised. She's a dipshit and her politics is unpalatable. Anti-Arab. Anti-Europe. Anti-American. That's not a recipe for success in the modern world.

● The Democrats think they will now win in 2018 because of Trumpcare. They think it's the exact same thing as Obamacare, which wiped them out. They're wrong. For one thing, it will be easy for the GOP to blame Obamacare for the problems that arise. For another, the bill shifts money from Democratic voters to other groups who vote GOP or neutral, like old people. They are even coming up with new subsidies for the working poor rather than the leeching poor.

Even more to the point, I don't think the GOP will have nearly as much of a problem because Obamacare messed everything up so badly that it's impossible now for average people to decide what is causing their unhappiness. Unlike Obama, Trump has not claimed to fix the whole system and make it divine. That's a key difference.

Finally, I think the Democrats have been so cynical about this whole thing that many of the genuine complaints will get dismissed as politics.

● There's been an interesting shift from the ranks of billionaires and tech giants. Before the election (when they thought the working poor were on their side), they warned us about machines taking jobs and made a big deal about someone needing to do something (a patented liberal phrase). In this week alone, a half dozen of them have said that machines taking those jobs is not a big deal. Interesting. I get the sense they've now turned against "the workin' man" because he voted against their desires. We'll see.

Feel free to add your thoughts!
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Some Random Catch-Up Thoughts

Here are some things that have struck me of late, but which I haven't had time to discuss.

That's Pathetic: Some black dude in a promo for a show about race says, "racism has been the biggest problem of my adult life." To that, I say that you're an idiot and a fool if that is true. What kind of fool lets other people control their lives? And how do they do it anyways? If your boss is racist, change jobs. If your town is racist, go somewhere not-racist like Colorado (actually, no, don't come here) or some white-excluded utopia like Baltimore or Detroit. Do racists control who you date? Who you marry? How hard you try in school? What jobs you can apply for? Where you can live? How you spend your money? What you choose for entertainment? How you raise your kids? What kind of house you can buy? No.

The March For Idiocy: A group of political types just did a March for Science. What a joke. They had no specific cause they could point too except the leftist claim that conservatives are anti-science. They had no agenda and no demands except, uh, um, keep sciencing and give us money and stuff. They also seemed to overlook the fact that it's the left that is really antiscience. The left believes in magic ("invent a car that runs on good wishes!"), dogma in social sciences ("don't you say men and women are different!"), the banning of things that could be "misused" like cars, guns, and genetically modified foods, the left is protectionist ("this could kill jobs!"), the left likes to move money from genuine worries like cancer to politicized worries like AIDS, etc. Even when it comes to defending "scientific" procedures like abortion, it won't let you do them if you do them for the wrong reasons ("we need to ban sex selection and gay conversion therapy!"). Don't tell me this was about science.

Pussy Hat Brigade: So, uh, where is this movement of women we heard so much about?

Trump is finished!: After enduring the left's full anti-Trump onslaught now, the left was ready to declare that Trump is finished. Then an ABC poll showed that only 2% of his supporters regret the decision. Huh. Rather than seeing that they remain in the same bubble, the left doubled-down on their current strategy of spewing elitist nonsense.

Whoops: Then another poll came out which found that only 28% of the public thinks the Democrats get their concerns and 67% believe they are out of touch. Gee, I can't imagine why. In a completely unrelated aside, crazy Nancy Pelosi will be facing a challenger from her left because the Democrats now see her as too normal.

You mean he lied???!!: Gee, it turns out Obama lied about the Iran deal. Who could have see this coming? When Obama said he gave up almost nothing for the deal. One minor part, for example, was "businessmen awaiting trial for sanctions-related offenses." He forgot to mention that this included amnesty for 21 men who are considered threats to national security, including a man Obama's own Justice Department was trying to stop as part of their efforts to "stop the global spread of nuclear and missile technology." Yep. An arms dealer who deals in nuclear parts and missiles. Basically, this derailed Obama's entire counter-proliferation initiative... and lied about it.

No Duh!: The Democrats are beside themselves that Obama is getting paid large ($400k a pop) to speak to banks. How can that be? Uh, because he's always been on their payroll. Did you idiots really not pay attention to the past eight years? Bernie's rich too, folks.

You Can't know that: I saw an ad today that said, and I quote, "60% of women are using the wrong size pad." Uh, ok. My first thought was that this does not speak well of women. But then I realized, they can't possibly know this. There is no way to know this in fact. It is impossible. Think about it. You can know how many women there are and you can know what size pads get sold, but you can't know who is wearing what or even what sizes are needed in what numbers. This is a bullship claim.

Smokin' In the Boys Room: There is something so fitting about "the beautiful people... the rich kids of Instagram" (Hadids, Kardashians, Baldwins, etc.) gathered in the bathroom at the MET Gala to smoke. Very fitting indeed.
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Real Books Are "Antiquated"?

This is just depressing. I read this in the NY Post this weekend...well, just read it and weepManhattan school is trashing all its textbooks.

“They made an announcement that they were getting rid of the books because they were antiquated and outdated, and we should be using new technology,” a teacher said. “I hid some of my books to prevent them being taken.”

Whaaat?? Teachers having to hide books to "prevent them from being taken"?? This is insane! And the idea that math textbooks could ever be "antiquated" is absurd. At the very least, the adminstrators could pack them up and send them to the other schools who are begging for textbooks! The good news is that, at least some of the students are smart enough to pick them up and taking them home to use.

Okay, I love books as my shelves and shelves of them will attest. I see a book in the trash...well, who throws away books?? Donate them to charity, give them to a friend, sell them to a used book store, but throw them away? That's a crime to me. [Okay, maybe burning "The Exorcist" is okay, but that is it!]

And I honestly tried to go digital with books. What's better than being able to carry 50 books around and being able to read anyone of them at any time at a touch of button, right? Well, it's just not the same as reading a real book. It's not the same as reading words on a page. Maybe it's turning real pages, or the smell or weight. But like studies that reveal that writing by hand is more lasting to memory than typing on a computer, maybe reading words on a page connects to the memory better too. What happens when there's a giant power failure and all of the e-books disappear?

This is scary. It is the first step into the long road to the new Dark Ages. H.G. Wells predicted this in "The Time Machine". Remember that 1960's movie when the Time Traveller (Rod Taylor) travels to the future and lands in this beautiful place with beautiful people running around in little togas? Yeah, remember the scene where he goes into the "library" and touches one of the books and it falls to dust? That's what happens when you don't appreciate real books! The Morlocks will use you as food!!!

Okay, I dare you to disagree...
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

What Passes For Modern Journalism

Modern journalism is pathetic. It is worse than pathetic. It has become a den of losers, liars, paranoids and fools. It is a home for the worthless who don't grasp how worthless they are. And I am reminded of this every day.

This is an issue that has struck me many times and in many ways. Think of how often the media reports things you know are wrong and they keep reporting them even after they are debunked. Think how they misinterpret quotes. Think how their bias blinds them. Think how little they know of the fields upon which they "report." It is the rare legal expert with the slightest hint of how the law works. I've watched business reporters spew conventional wisdom without a working knowledge of the terms they are misusing. I've seen sports announcers who don't understand the basic rules of the games they cover. Facts, logic, and comprehension be damned! I have an opinion!

And talk about worthless opinions. I always think of that stupid girl who worked for one of the tech companies and whined about her pay, before getting fired a couple years back. In her oblivious tirade, she made the statement that all she wanted to do was "write snarky comments about food" and now she would not get that chance. Idiot Millennials opining smugly and cynically at things they know nothing about, with an unearned contempt and no credentials whatsoever to justify anyone listening is not journalism.

Nor are articles on what the reporter saw on television or found online and thought was cute.

And Heaven help you when you get to that category of idiots who write whatever is on outraged little their minds. Every day, Yahoo posts "stories" that are little more than "Hey, I saw something online I don't like!" The snowflakes are big into shaming articles. Thou shallt not judge! How dare you throw someone off a plane! How dare you shame bad moms engaged in abusive behaviors! Don't judge parents encouraging five year olds to be transsexuals! Don't shame the girl who wants to wear a thong to prom! This black girl has white splotches... this fat girl in a bikini... this girl got a tattoo on her face! How dare you judge! This one responded to a single troll who didn't like her dark skin tone! This chick responded to a troll who commented on her massive cellulite. They changed the world! Hillary sent a tweet, it was amazing! Shame no one... unless I don't like them, then destroy them. This is what passes for journalism. I doubt most of these people have even read a genuine journalistic article. They've certainly never written one.

This weekend, a guy wrote an article for SBNation (sporting site) bravely whining that we should not "shame" the underclass players who left school early to enter the NFL draft just because they weren't drafted. Uh... no one is shaming them. NO ONE! To the contrary, there's pretty universal agreement that college football needs to allow them to return to college if they aren't drafted because everyone thinks it's senseless to punish them. This loser invented a straw man shamer just to whine about people shaming people. Pathetic.

The lack of logic. The indifference to facts. The unwillingness to understand rather than run with a knee-jerk interpretation. The nonsense. The lack of legitimate news value. The falsely elevated whinerism. This is modern journalism. They should fire everyone in the procession and start over.
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