Thursday, July 27, 2017

Open Thread About "Cooperation"

Frankly I am still recovering from my High School Class Reunion last weekend, so I am not in the mood. I had a great, fun-filled weekend, renewed some old friendships and had an amazingly politics-free weekend. But since we need something to ponder for the day, here's are animals helping animals:




Here are some sheep saving bunnies from a flood in New Zealand!









And here is a photo of an alligator playing Uber driver for a turtle!





And lastly a dog saving a drowning baby deer in Long Island Sound. Rumor has it that once the fawn got his sea0legs back, he ran right back out into the water and had to be saved by the humans...




If only our Congresscritters could work this well together...

Anyway, the floor is open.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What A World

Rumor has it that Justin Bieber is planning to start a church. WTF? Biebertologists believe that Bieber created the Earth and filled it with mean people who don't like him. In other thoughts...

● The Democrats have announced a new agenda. I'll deal with that turd next week. Suffice it to say they're going to fix all the things they broke.

● I love professional bowling in the past. Then it died. But now it's back! But there's a catch. Some of these dudes are bowling with two hands. Ug. It's like watching a child who has grown tall and wants to bowl.

● I watched the poker tournament too. Two cool things. First, they had a 64 year old British guy come in fourth. He'd never played in a tournament before and this was a bucket list thing for him. Way cool. Secondly, the winner had never played in a tournament before either -- though he did practice online. Very cool to see that.

● Why is Trump smearing his own Attorney General? I don't get the logic.

● John McCain is on a roll, isn't he? What an ass! It's like some sort of compulsion for him to smear his allies. So does Trump have McCainia or does McCain have The Trumps?

● Apparently, lasers can now be used to revive lost memories. The things lasers can do is amazing. One day, I think all of our medicine will be lasers and gut bacteria, i.e. manure pills.

● NFL training camps are opening up, and the country's attention span will now vanish. Feel free to rob a bank in a week or two.

● I truly do not understand any way that the cop was justified in shooting the Australian woman in Minnesota. Nothing about her behavior can be considered dangerous and yet this idiot shoots her through the door of his car? WTF? Who shoots through the door of a car in any event? There is something really wrong there. It's either murder or complete mental breakdown.

● If you have any sort of diabetic condition, eat cherries... eat a lot of them. Trust me on this. They may be good for arthritis too, but I'm less sure of that.
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Going Nowhere...

Some interesting poll numbers out today. They don't bode well for the left.
(1) 43% of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the economy. 41% disapprove.

(2) Only 37% of Americans say the Democratic Party "stands for something," while 52% say it just stands against Trump.

(3) Voter enthusiasm is the same for both Parties.

(4) The Democrats are seen as 42% favorable, 48% unfavorable. This is the same as before the election.

(5) His support among Republicans is the third highest in the past 60 years.
What makes all of this interesting is that the Democrats have been waging a War on Trump that is unprecedented. They have smeared and slimed and lied and flat out made up. They've attacked his kids, his supporters and his cabinet choices. They are ALL on the attack constantly, from every corner of their silly cult... Hollywood, media, social media, colleges, the parties, etc. This is a propaganda push that would have made the Nazis blush with its lack of subtlety and it's fueled by derangement. And yet, these numbers suggest that it's utterly failed.
1. Trump is no less popular with his supporters.
2. The Democrats haven't gained an ounce of popularity. If anything, they've lost support!
3. Their derangement doesn't even transfer to an enthusiasm boost.
How pathetic is that?
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Prayers For Senator McCain

It has just been reported that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has been diagnosed with brain cancer.






Prayers for the entire McCain family and hope for a speeding recovery.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I'm Done With Doctor Who

Howdy folks! I wanted to post this the other day and didn't get the chance. Let me start by offering congratulations to Roger Federer for winning Wimbledon a record eight times and winning more majors than anyone else. It seems pretty clear to me that Federer is the best tennis player in the world and it's been amazing watching him.

Now for some people who are not the best.

Number One

I am done with Doctor Who. Why? The identity politics crew at the BBC has decided to cast a woman in the role. This is wrong on so many levels. For those who don't know, Doctor Who is a character from science fiction. Since 1963, the Doctor has roamed the universe fighting evil with his mind. In that time, many actors have played the role and they've made the switch by claiming that he regenerates when he gets killed, so he's still the same person even though he's different. This time, they've decided to make the character a female. That's bunk.

Here's the thing. Gender is not fluid, no matter what the left wants to claim. It is perhaps the one thing that is hardwired into us. You can substitute a black or white actor, an Asian or an alien, as there is nothing inherently "white" or British about this character. You can make him older or younger, angrier or nicer. You could probably even make him gay. But you can't make him a woman because the character is defined as male and that is how people see him. This is the thing liberal feminists simply don't understand. You can pretend to raise a kid as gender nothing, but the world is hardwired not to accept that and the kid will realize this one it starts looking to please more people than just its parents.

Moreover, this won't work. Why? It ruins the dynamics. The dynamics of the show have always been that the Doctor roams the universe with young female companions who treat him as a sort of father figure. Putting a woman into the father figure role strips so much of the dynamic, and I suspect will make it almost impossible for the companions to develop relationships with the Doctor. Essentially, they will go from father-daughter to some people on the same bus. Not to mention, the best Doctors have displayed a bumbling character that feminists don't let women play... it's sexist.

Even more stupidly, I am laughing at the message this sends. What it says is that women succeed not by writing new characters that people fall in love with. No, they don't succeed by earning the respect themselves. Apparently, women succeed by repeating what men have done. Aim high, sweeties.

I am thrilled to see that my daughter isn't buying this crap for a minute. She finds the whole thing pathetic and ruinous. I suspect the BBC is in for a little shock. Their first episode likely will have decent, but underwhelming ratings... and then the show will go into free fall as the freak show aspect of this wears off.

What a stupid idea all around.

Number Two

Speaking of stupid ideas, it looks like nothing will happen with health care. The GOP is packed with morons and insurance whores and the Democrats are holding their breath like rotten children until they turn bluer. I guess in the end I'm thankful nothing changed, seeing as how awful the proposals were. What a pathetic state our political establishment is in though when neither side has a clue what they are doing.
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It's HS Class Reunion Time...

Okay, it's that time again. Hard to believe that my next high school class reunion is coming up this weekend. It will the...oh, you don't need to know which one. Let's just say that I remember when Neil Armstrong took that first step on the Moon [and okay, when John Glenn first circumnavigated the globe.] If you have never been to yours, I highly recommend it. It is a great touchstone for where you've been and where you are now. Let's just say that the movie "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (1997) is not so off the mark.


For years I have thought about handing out a survey because it would be an interesting social experiment with a true "control group". We are all the same age and most of us went from grade school through high school together so we have a host of shared childhood memories. It has always been fascinating to me those classmates who even after all of this time, can remember even the most minute details about our life in high school. Honestly, I kind of left that all behind and moved on to other things that I kind of left behind along the way.

But anyway, this is my problem. These are the only question that I can come up with:

"Are you where you thought you would be?" and "What is your favorite memory?"

And that is about it. My mind goes blank. So, I guess you know what I am about to ask. Help me! Who better than the smart, thoughtful CommentaramaPeeps! If you were going to go your reunion and you were going to give a survey, what would you want to know? If nothing else, it will be a diversion from 24/7 cycle of RUSSIARUSSIARUSSIA! [That sounds like a line from a '70's comedy, doesn't it?]

Please help!

Oooh, oooh, oooh*, just thought of another great question: "What was the most useful class you had in high school?" (Me: Latin)

*Another '70's comedy reference.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Ponderings

I seem to be off on my days. Hmm. Either way, here's an article fresh from my mind! :)

(1) Shia Ledouche was just caught making rather racist statements to cops who arrested him for being flipping insane and probably intoxicated. One such statement involved telling a white cop that his wife likes black c&^k. Then he told a black cop that he would go to hell because he's black. Nothing against Shia here, who probably should be locked away to protect himself and society, but has anyone noticed that when liberals get in trouble they become incredibly racist... sexist... anti-gay? Steven Colbert recently made fun of Trump by saying that he liked to have anal sex with Putin. So being gay is worthy of contempt? Several others have been caught using the word "c*cksucker" to attack people they encountered. Or you have the Harvard administrator who used racial slurs in local restaurant reviews. The n-word, the c-word, and the gay f-word all get used regularly to attack conservatives. Interesting.

(2) "Time is running out to pass Trump's agenda!" Really? Why? His term is four years, not four months. Why does Washington seem to think that anything not done in 100 days can't be done?

(3) Similarly, the MSM is mocking the Republicans for being on a second "or possible third!" draft of their healthcare bill. This is apparently something shameful. Really? Shouldn't they be praised for working out the problems rather than berated for not coming up with the perfect first draft? Something strikes me as wrong here.

(4) I'm telling you... Mark Zuckerberg will run for President in the next cycle (either 2020 or 2024). Some people think the Rock will, but I doubt it. He may try for governor somewhere though.

(5) So the military no longer has to worry about hurt feelings and Obama's desire to lead from behind and suddenly ISIS is in retreat across the Middle East. Imagine that.

(6) Now that the economy has recovered from the Obama years and unemployment is falling to historically more normal levels again, the left is stuck trying to explain it all away. Their arguments have been crap, however, and they seem to be left with (1) it might end soon and (2) the economy may be good, but people still feel bad. //sad emoji

(7) The voice of Kermit the Frog since Jim Henson died in the 1990s was fired this week. I wonder what he did? I wonder if he will now go into phone sex?
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Recent Things

Hi Everybody! Here are some things I've come across recently that might interest you.

(1) A very reputable study of the minimum wage in Seattle found that while the overall number of jobs didn't decrease after the minimum wage rose to $12 an hour (on its way to $15), there was a significant shift in who was employed. Basically, employers dumped the low end employees -- the lowest skilled who are likely to get the minimum -- and replaced them with better, more expensive employees. This makes sense. Why pay someone $15 to struggle along when you can pay someone $17 and get quality? This has the left worried. Ostensibly, they are worried about the effect on the poor. But I think they are worried that this means that employers are starting to favor the competent... a world in which their supporters fair poorly.

(2) The left is running out of anti-Trump steam. They've lost every special election. The protests have basically ended... gee, where is the women's movement that we were told was coming? Their arguments remain shrill, but have all failed to turn up anything. Indeed, after hundreds of "this could be the end of Trump," there is nothing except in John McCain's fevered mind and a desire to see a Russian boogeyman in Trump's pocket. The Democratic leadership has turned to infighting. And even people like Letterman are admitting that they've lost interest and that they think the coverage needs to change before it turns people off. Too late.

(3) Enrollment keeps crashing at the U. of Missouri. Their enrollment is down 35% since 2015, when they gave in to the demands of a group of black racists. This is killing their budget. It's gotten so bad they actually want to rent out dorm rooms during football games to make revenue. The funny thing is that even though they gave in completely, black enrollment is down 42%. So giving in didn't even help with that.

(4) The Democrats keep thinking that their problem in elections is poor polling, i.e. an inability to accurately identify who is going to vote and who isn't and which way they are leaning. I think it's hilarious that they are stuck on process. Not a word is being spoken about how to actually win these people over. Of course, the problem there is that they have nothing to offer.

(5) The average age of the GOP leadership is in the 40s. The average age of the Democratic leadership is in the 70s. What does that tell you about the future of each party?

(6) I've become convinced that Trump won't hurt the GOP in the mid-terms. Why? For one thing, the public doesn't see him as a Republican. He's Trump, and his actions don't smear other people. Secondly, the public seems to have stuck with Trump through it all right now. Thirdly, the Democrats are offering things the public actively doesn't want. The GOP at least are neutrals.
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Another Open Thread

Does anyone have anything they want to discuss? I am stuck in this place where I just don't care what is happening in the world. So, help a person out here, and help me care again.

Anyone heard any good jokes lately?
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Article Coming Soon

Hi everybody, I'll get an article up soon. I literally had nothing at the moment. Plus, it was a busy weekend. I turned 47. Yay! I'm not dead. I saw a play. Booo! They cast a woman as Hamlet and lacked mastery over the pronouns. Got a big old blue ice drink from Dutch Brothers spilled in my lap... and all over my car (not as refreshing as it sounds). Got hailed on at a BBQ (ouch). And largely avoided the news. So this make take some time to find something to write.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Couple of Slippery Issues...

Yah, know. Sometimes I read stuff that just makes me crazy. As i have stated over and over on these pages, I...am...not...a...FEMINIST...I...am...a...HUMANIST! And here is why. Stuff like this. Waaah, waaah, waaaah, waaaah!
This is a serious quote for poor Emily Ratajkowski, actress, model, frankly I don't care...:

‘Oh, she’s too sexy,’” she told the magazine. “It’s like an anti-woman thing, that people don’t want to work with me because my boobs are too big What's wrong with boobs?
LINK

Here's the deal. If you want to be taken seriously and not viewed as simply a set of big boobs and a sex object, don't keep taking your top off and displaying them! It's that simple. That is just stupid. But if you want to do that, don't claim sexism, misogyny or any other -ism, or "waaah, people don't like me 'cause I too pretty and have big boobs!"...seriously. Ancient Greek women understood this thousands of years ago. If you want to control men, withhold the one thing they really value...naked women. ["Lysistrata" written in 411 BCE by Aristophanes...a man]

Now, all the men reading this, skip this next part...it's in brackets and italicized, so it's you probably anyway. I have put a magic woman force field around it that we developed in our super-secret meetings called "Ladies Rooms" in restaurants and other public place around the globe, so you can't anyway (why do you think we go in pairs?):

[FOR WOMEN ONLY/MEN NOT ALLOWED TO READ THIS PART: Just between us girls, men are simple. They LIKE seeing naked women 'cause well, men are simple. It is just biology and hardwired in their little reptilian brains. You are stupid if you think otherwise. If you want to be known for something other than your naked body, keep your naked body covered! Ironically, men will notice other things about you that they might like just as much if you do. If you want to be treated as equals, keep your clothes on and think with with our brains. Signed, Your Grandmother]

Now that we have settled that, on to something really serious...involuntary euthanasia.

Just read this and we can discuss if you want: Charlie Gard, 10 months old.

Briefly, little Charlie Gard was born in the UK with a genetic disease for which there reaaly is no hope of survival. However his parents do not want to give up on their 10 month old child just yet. As there is a possible treatment in the US, however remote, his parents have raised over two million dollars to bring him to the US. But unfortunately, not only will the UK health system not release this baby to his parents, the matter was taken up the EU. Taking the case to the EU, the unelected ruling body that has the ultimate say over life and death, ruled late last week that the parents have no right to their child and the child must be euthanized for what reason only God knows.

I have written before about this slippery slope of government-mandated euthanasia, but this is the most disturbing of late. The parents have been told by the highest court in Europe that their baby MUST die even to the point that they are not even allowed to hold their own baby boy in their arms for his last breath. All the parents want is to at least have the chance at their own expense to give their tiny precious chile the opportunity to have his short life have some value, even if that means giving his life so that humanity can be just one tiny step closer to being able to cure some other child. Not one dime would be spent by the EU or with public funds.

And even Pope Francis, the head of the all Christianity, sided at first with the UK and the EU with a statement that went something like “we must also accept the limits of medicine and […..] avoid aggressive medical procedures that are disproportionate to any expected results or excessively burdensome to the patient or the family."

Interestingly days later the Vatican shifted after this from President Trump:



The Vatican sponsored hospital requested that little Charlie Gard be released to their care at the behest of Gard's parents. Still no word whether the UK hospital or the EU will relent.

But seriously, is this really the direction we want to head with humanity?

Comments are welcomed...
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Violence Against the Media?

A couple thoughts after a long weekend...

(1) It continues to look like North Korea is going to cause a war. They fired off another missile, knowing full well that this will eventually force Trump to bomb them. I don't know what the game is, but let's hope that China takes out the regime.

(2) Trump re-tweeted some bizarre video in which he does wrestling moves on a CNN logo image. It was stupid and bizarre but I really don't care. What interests me is that the media is screaming that this promotes violence against the media. Really? Fascinating. These are the same people who sell violence to the public as a means to fame and entertainment, yet they scream that there is no connection between glorifying violence in the media and people deciding to use violence to settle score or get famous. This is one of those moments the right needs to jump up and point out that the rise in mass shootings seems directly linked to the rise of the 24 hour news cycle.

(3) What the hell is wrong with Chris Christie? This guy closed a public beach, ordered people with homes in the area to leave under threat of arrest... and then took his family to the beach. That kind of thing may have worked for Boss Tweed, but it's definitely a problem now. What a fool.

(4) The Republicans are doing some stupid things. Imagine that. First, they are looking to kill the requirement that larger restaurants include caloric information on their menus. This is something the pubic has been demanding for a long time and people are happy about. Even more to the point, they cancelled it (temporarily) a few days before it went into effect... by which point everyone was ready to comply anyways, so why cancel it? Stupid.

Secondly, the GOP is trying to change the phone solicitation law to allow solicitors to slide you voice messages without your phone ever ringing. Imagine picking up your phone throughout the day and seeing that you have a message. You have no idea who sent it to you, but you need to check to make sure it's not a friend or an emergency. If the GOP wants to piss people off, this is the way to do it. So what's next? Repealing the law that prevents television channels from jacking up the noise level of commercials? That's working great, so let's kill it!

Meanwhile, they can't do anything useful. Idiots.
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Happy Fourth Everyone!

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