Thursday, June 9, 2016

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Debt Buyers (HBO)

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Meaning of Memorial Day

After perusing various adverts for Memorial Day furniture sales in the paper, had to remind myself of the true meaning of the Day: to remember those who gave their lives for these United States, fighting our wars. 

My good fortune and that of my family's means we have not lost any one close to us in war.   Nevertheless the Viet Nam War reached long tentacles of death to my sleepy ocean side town, claiming one Robert Gordon Birdsell  in 1969.  

Precisely because  blood of our soldiers pays a price so dear, also you'll see a photo of protesters against that war to remind that wars our country undertakes ought to become considered as business of the people, aired in public discussion rather than behind closed doors.

That constitutes democracy.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Reasons Trump Might Lose

Well thank the gods of Irony, despite my woe and fear and loathing that a carnival barker now has the presidential nomination for 1 of the 2 major parties, the asshole might lose.  Nevertheless, I weep and tremble that this con artist, bankruptcy maven, and political embarrassment could even have a possibility of getting near the nuclear trigger.

C'mon, government and public service ain't 'a business.  Do you want a buffoon negotiating with the Chinese or Putin?  Rather better to have an ex-Secretary of State in our office of President!


[4. He’ll split the party into factions. After Trump won Indiana, Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus called for the party to line up behind the presumptive nominee. That will be much harder for Republican candidates running this fall, who, looking at their own futures, will have to decide if they’ll run with him, in spite of him, or against him. All those shades are already {occurring}, with many longtime party leaders saying never. These fissures are likely to cost the GOP its U.S. Senate majority.]

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Confederae Women's Memorial....

....stands in Jacksonville, FL.

Hoo rah, Confederate women stuck back at home with family farms to take up for their men!

At least, they could get work done, and raise children, men children to go off and fight a cruel war fought on misbegotten idea people can own other people.   

Thursday, April 7, 2016

World Beer Day: Yay!

Finally, a holiday to call my own, near and dear to my heart: beer, that most ancient of drinks, brewed soon after societies began cultivating grains.  [Beer is one of the world's oldest prepared beverages, possibly dating back to the early Neolithic or 9500 BC, when cereal was first farmed,[3] and is recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt.[4] Archaeologists speculate that beer was instrumental in the formation of civilizations.[5]]  (Footnotes hypertext in original)

On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.
Our research found this day was created as National Beer Day by Justin Smith, a Richmond, Virginia Craft Beer Examiner, and his friend Mike Connolly from Liverpool, England.   April 7th was chosen because the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law and became effective on this day.]  

Monday, March 28, 2016

Batman V Superman - Sad Affleck

Ben Carson Swallows Dignity; Endorses Trump

Trevor Noah Hits Right Note

Thursday, March 24, 2016

If I were a tree what kind of Trump voter would I be?

This type of free form  associative polling really chaps my ass. What does it add up too, all these bullshit questions.  This kind of  focus group bullshit chaps my ass; who you gonna vote for should focus the fucking group, not "what kind of tree would I be:"

"The veteran pollster who conducted the focus group, Peter D. Hart, has a knack for drawing out voters’ deep thoughts with “What Kind of Tree Would I Be”- type questions and exercises, though the voter who offered “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” as Mr. Trump’s theme song admitted with a laugh and a shrug that she could not quite explain why.  (emphasis added; quotes reordered.
The stupid but high paid pollster gets to voters' feelings in a roundabout way by asking them to write post cards to the candidates:

Cassandra Westerhold, 33, an independent who works in the oil and gas industry, wrote, “I believe that you are a bully and misogynist and I am ashamed to have you as the front-runner for the Republican Party.”
Aron Smith, 45, who works in technology for a large financial institution and supports Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, tried to strike an evenhanded tone. “While I appreciate your business acumen in the boardroom and believe it suits you well as the head of a huge business conglomerate,” he wrote, “I do not believe your crass and cavalier attitude fits the role of president.”
The pollster veers into insanity with these questions where he might accidentally veer into meat of the matter, that our society and especially the media value style over substance, a potentially fatal mistake when giving a man the keys to a vast nuclear arsenal.

[There were deep reservations about Mr. Trump, too. But in their comments — and their answers to probing questions like what song best described him and what they imagined he was like as a fifth grader — some voters suggested that their concerns were less about substance than about style, and that just a little attitude adjustment was all the billionaire needed.]

Attitude adjustment for a man with his finger on the nuclear trigger!  You gotta be freakin' kidding me!

Washington Post: 5 Pack of Trump Blasts

The Post’s View: Is Mr. Trump a threat to democracy?

The Post’s View: To defend our democracy against Trump, the GOP must aim for a brokered convention

The Post’s View: GOP leaders, you must do everything in your power to stop Trump

Why Can't This Be my Alter Ego?

OK, i'm a wrestling fan mark.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Kentucky Blue

While not usually one to take pleasure in pain of others--especially in sports; as a Cubs fan, it brings a heavy burden of pain for me--but Kentucky basketball has dominated for so long it felt good to see them go down in flames.

We Kentucky mockers best enjoy while we can for Coach (NBA prep school mentor) Calipari has another loaded class for 2016, with 5 five star players signed.

Of course with players playing 1 year and then done for their college careeer, they barely have to go to class.  Why should they go to class when they plan on seeing America while playing in the NBA?