Saturday, April 19, 2014

Need a Ride to Springsteen in Tampa!

Bruce Springsteen scheduled to play Tampa Fairgrounds Amphitheater on 1 May at 7:30.

I really want a ride. Email me at empireofdirt77@gmail.com. We can get handicapped tickets which look like better seats than the lawn seats.

Another bonus to life in a wheelchair!

CHER! Orlando!

The one, the only, often imitated but never duplicated Cher will play in my humble hometown on 16 May 2014 at 8 pm at the Amway Center.

Does thus justify hundreds of millions of dollars in public $ going to build a palace for a family worth billions and arch enemies of public schools and wefare for the poor?

I think not.

How can these hypocritical hacks justfy money for me but none for thee?

Cher playing here still cool, hella cool.





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Juanita Jean

"A libertarian is a tea party member w/ a bong." From Juanita Jean at the Most Dangerous Beauty Salon in the World.


(Can't paste w/ this tablet, dammit.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stupid racists...

...murder is for asshats.

Look,this miserable excuse for an alleged human--Grand High Poobah of Kus Klux Klan Kollection of inbred knuckle dragging mouth breathers--let his self hatred manifest as hatred of Jewish people, perhaps because he knew he was a loser.

In bitter irony, his Jew-dar must have malfunctioned because reports say he killed 2 Gentiles.

Rot in prison, you goat molester.




Shrouds

Bars on my window
seem like my own private cell
Memories swirl
keep me in my own private hell

Sun breaks crooked
can't shine through the dark cloud
Regrets circle
around me, unfurl like a shroud

Goddamnit
What have I done?
Left undone?
People I've hurt?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mammon and the altar of Baal


Chuck Norris fun facts

Found this hilarious Chuck Norris comedy site because telling Chuck Norris jokes still a lot funnier than watching most of his movie.

"Outer space exists because it's afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris."

Make your own t-shirts: Chuck Norris doesn't read.  He just stares at books until the information downloads.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Redneck Road Rage / Instant Karma

Redneck Road Rage / Instant Karma

"Islam is not a religion"

Holy crap on a stick and sold as a lollipop, where do they find these morons?  Of course Islam is a religion, and the constitution of the United States of Rational America says Muslims shall have the right to freely practice their religion.

Then, the 1 lunatic sez she has been on Iranian TV.  I severely doubt some whack job from Murfreesboro gets on TV in Iran except as warning for kids to stay off drugs.

This gets even more pernicious as activists in my home town in Brevard County, FL, have fought for years over textbooks used local schools saying in part history texts give too much time to teaching about Islam. Welll buddy, save for Islamic libraries and educated class, all traces of Greek philosophers would have disappeared into the hearth fires of feudal masters during the Middle Ages.  We would have lost algebra and the convept of "0" in mathematics.

The FL Confederacy of Dunces known as the Legislature wants to give counties more control of textbooks. So the more conservative counties may choose not to teach evolution and instead try to elevate creationism to the level of science.  Screw science any way.

Hey, kids, let's try multiplication with Roman numerals!




Jim Cornette Shoots on Republicans NSFW

And I mean shoots, blasts, devastates, detonates and sweeps the shards into a dustbin and throws them out with the rest of the right wing garbage.

True confession: I am an absolute mark for old school wrestling of the 60's and 70's, when Lou Thesz ruled and real wrestlers went into wrestling and it just wasn't this gqgarbage foisted upon the fans who have nothing better to spend their $ on.

Jim Cornette, as a manager of the Midnight Express and brilliant booker, occupied a special place in the pantheon of bad guys.  So with him from Nashville, TN. never would have believed he sounded more like me than me.

You rock, Jim!



[Despite the alleged requirement for separation of church and state, the gerrymandering of districts that has led to the election of the Tea Party whackjobs to the House of Representatives has also led to the placement of a number of really, REALLY religious people in position to make public policy. These people want to hold you down, slice the warts off your soul, suck the fat out of your heart and replace it, whether you want them to or not, with the word of God. These people are dangerous, and we need to recognize that fact sooner than later, or we're in for more trouble than a shutdown of the government or even an economic catastrophe. 

The story behind every religion on Earth is so ridiculous that, in my mind, no rational human could believe it, but many people I like and even respect do, and that's their right, even if I don't get it. I've learned to just overlook it because examing it too closely would drive me insane. But like a mirror image, the religious politicians can't fathom why someone like me CAN'T believe in this stuff, and they're determined to make sure I have no choice, because unlike me, THEY are invested with the power to dictate laws and make public policy.

They exhibit that arrogant, TV evangelist-like pomposity that indicates they know something you don't know, and talk to you like you're someone who just wandered off from a state home as they explain to you how there can't possibly be any other belief, despite all evidence to the contrary. They attempt to make laws that force their right to believe into your right to DISbelieve like an intentional sideswipe on the interstate, to force you off the highway to Hell and into the comforting ditch of the Lord. They campaign to make laws based on the word of God instead of the realities of life and Man, and the fact that they are sometimes successful scares the shit out of me.

Just one example out of way too many? Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia's 10th district, a medical doctor who spent 10 years doing "house calls" because he's licensed to practice medicine in exactly ZERO hospitals in Georgia. An NRA member and 2nd amendment fanboy who genuinely believes Barack Obama is a socialist, he believes in God and family values--he should, he's been married four times--and he has some interesting beliefs about science as well. He thinks global warming is a "hoax"--that the Earth was created in "six days as we know them" and is "about 9,000 years old"--and that the theory of evolution and the Big Bang are "lies straight from the pit of Hell". Compounding these troubling statements is the fact that somehow, Paul Broun has been appointed Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Committee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee!! His ludicrous public statements led to over 4,000 write-in votes for Charles Darwin in his last election. And he wants to run for the Senate in 2014! Despite the calls and cries of many in the educational and scientific communities, even Bill Nye the Science Guy, that Broun has "no business making any decisions related to science or technology", he's still there, folks. And he's just one of them.

We're poisoning the Earth and changing the climate, but Broun and others like him don't believe it, because in one Christian conservative's words, the planet will survive forever because "God promised Noah after the flood he would never destroy the Earth again". In 50 years, when Boston and Miami are under water, these geniuses will say it was "God's will" and someone will blame it on gay marriage.

They talk about the American people's rights and freedoms, but don't want anyone outside their group to have any--the right to marry who you love, the right of a woman to use birth control or choose whether she has children, the right to health care or any progressive policy put forth by the Democrats--but for some reason almost all of them believe you should have the right to own as many guns as you have the money to buy and the room to store. That's probably because lots of them are also preparing for an armed citizenry to take over the country from the evil Muslim President and return us all to God.] emphasis added

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Others have noted Scott's incompetent campaign

[The governor's prospects for another term are somewhat problematic, given that he has the people skills of the Miami Dolphins' Richie Incognito.

But now Scott has managed to offend not only the state's Hispanic voters but one of his most important connections to the Hispanic community, Republican billionaire health care executive Mike Fernandez.]
http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/ruth-scotts-keystone-kops-campaign/2172262



Dick Scott's campaign manager to "spend more time with family"

Governor 48.9 % has apparently forgotten my state of Florida has alarge population of Hispanic residents, from Cubans in Miami to Hondurans in Orlando, and 1 rule of thumb of election remains don't piss off the spics.

Su Governor Dick Scott's Anglo campaign workers joking around in an over the top Mexican accent like Speedy Gonzaleze accent in front of Scott's top fundraiser showed at least lack of tact and perhaps overwhelming prejudice.

Not cool, Governor.  Not cool.

[Florida Republicans had a well-scripted plan to showcase their Latino outreach last week, as an immigrant-friendly tuition bill passed the state House and national Republicans unveiled their Florida Hispanic Advisory Council.

Then came the Mexican-accent controversy.

On Friday, the Miami Herald reported that Gov. Rick Scott’s top campaign-finance co-chairman, Mike Fernandez, raised a concern in an email last month about campaign associates joking around in over-the-top Mexican accents.

Insiders whispered about the email for weeks, but some of the contents became public only after Fernandez suddenly quit his campaign post, citing the need to spend more time with his family...]
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2014/03/after-fernandez-departure-mexican-accent-controversy-nags-gov-rick-scotts-campaign.html

And the fallout continues with a Miami transportation board member resigning and also giving up on the Republican party of FL

[Gonzalo Sanabria, a longtime Miami-Dade Expressway Authority board member, resigned Thursday from his post to protest the “disparaging and disrespectful” treatment of Mike Fernandez, the former co-finance chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign.

“Since he has been treated in such a disparaging and disrespectful manner by your [campaign] staff and ignored in his advice, it is obvious that there is a great deal of dysfunction and disconnection of which I want to have no part nor can I render my support any longer as you are governing from a weak and flawed platform,” Sanabria wrote in an email he sent to Scott’s staff and shared with the Miami Herald.

Sanabria, who also quit his leadership post with the Republican Party of Miami-Dade, said his resignation was “mostly due to your perceived insensitivity to loyal supporters and our Hispanic community in Florida.”] emphasis added 'cause that's a hella Hispnic outreach.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/27/4022192/mdx-board-member-resigns-in-protest.html


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/27/4022192/mdx-board-member-resigns-in-protest.html#storylink=cpy


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Updating privacy settings, and what does a penny taste like?

Took brief looks at a fellow's updating privacy controls for paranoid's survival guide and frankly blew them ogg as my online persona reflects my real self, which I like to think of as loveable yet outspoken curmudgeon, guardian of liberty and defender of the English language.  Others probably me as arrogant ass speaking on things he has no clue about.

Neveertheless, I do listen and try to re-evaluate my positions, rhetorical and otherwise.

Then ran acrosss story of Brooklyn lesbain knocking on front door of homophobic "church" and asking when they could submit her to ritual of death by stoning.  Ever since, the google adds showing up on my blog have included ads for "muscular male model catalogs" and apparently a clip from a radio show talking about "what does a penny taste like."  Have a few ideas why they asked this rhetorical question, none of them palatable except perhaps in the throes of passion, but we usually don't discuss them in polite society.

So maybe changing privacy settings or ways to use the web would help stop hijacking of my web browsing. First, and this made a lot of sense, could set up email account to use for any web shopping and even use that address from which to web surf, which would not pollute my main email account nor my crappy blog.

Just for the record, seek a lunch date with only a genetic female; no substitutes accepted.
http://blogs.computerworld.com/privacy/23680/how-give-your-privacy-settings-spring-cleaning

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247012/The_paranoid_s_survival_guide_part_3_Opting_out_and_how_to_protect_your_personal_data_offline

Grow your own solar panels

Stuff like this explains why Dr Who loves and hangs out with humans; we as a species have an extraordinary ability to adapt to new conditions and invent stuff just for the heck of it, the antithesis to top down design process which seeks to solve cetain problems.

Humans invent cool stuff and then see if wecan use it for anything.

This also means humanity as individuals also have boundless ability to do stupid stuff, like in, "Go get that other gas can and more bottle rockets, Zed."

[Computerworld - MIT engineers have succeeded in creating "biofilms," which combine bacterial cells with nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles, that can conduct electricity or emit light.

The hope is that biofilm, that slippery, slimy material made of bacteria that forms substances like dental plaque, may someday create functioning circuits that could be used to manufacture photovoltaic solar panels or act as "biosensors" that could sense toxins....

"It's an interesting way of thinking about materials synthesis, which is very different from what people do now, which is usually a top-down approach," Lu {Timothy, assistant professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering at MIT} said.]

"I don't make mistakes."

"I create challenges for problem solving and opportunities for service."
Picklles comic strip, 23 March '14