Seth Rogan Is Right

July 5, 2014

in Law,Politics


Seth RoganSeth called the Hobby Lobby people and those supporting them assholes. I would have been somewhat more nuanced than Seth. I see them as ignorant, pretentious assholes.

The conservative “brain bust trust” on the Supreme Court of Wall Street will need to add several like-minded noggins to the mix to reach the double-digit range for collective IQ.

They flatter themselves with meaningless, ridiculous appellations. ‘Strict constructionist’ comes to mind. They wallow deliriously in the fantasy that some of the lustre of the Founders will thereby make them appear credible. Oh, ye of little learning.

The Founders realized that changes in the Constitution would be necessary. They created mechanisms for that very reason. The hubris of these pretenders is appalling; it is repulsive. If only they were sufficiently educated to be embarrassed by such inanities. Willie Shakespeare’s Hamlet nailed them,  “They have a plentiful lack of wit.” [click to continue…]

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Mission Accomplished

A picture that we have seen ad nauseam appears to have been corrected to make it more historically accurate.

The German newspaper, Die Tageszeitung got it right. The photo now shows Shaker Wahib al-Fahdawi, field commander of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda splinter group.

He’s the newest Bad, Bad Leroy Brown of the religious right, see of Baghdad. A 27-year old former computer science major, he was captured by US forces in 2006 but was part of the group of 110 that escaped escaped during an air raid. He appears to be the only one that does not cover his face as he executes fellow Muslims for being of the wrong sect.

There is a video of Leroy killing 3 of 4 Syrian truck drivers. He questioned them about Islam then, deciding only one was a Sunni, he executed the other 3 on the side of the road. He judged them to be Alawites, a sect associated with the Shia. Below are two still photos from that video.

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Alone

June 13, 2014

in Whatever


I BlogWriting a blog is, in and of itself, a lonely pursuit. Sitting in my office, with no one else around, staring at my computer screens, the television tuned to a news channel, I’m not in the most social of settings.

Living in my native state of Tennessee, an economic, social, intellectual and political backwater, engenders an even greater feeling of aloneness.

Searching the vast, impersonal cyber world for nuggets that might give me pause, on rare occasions I stumble across a gem. Below I am sharing a few minutes of video that is hilarious, while epitomizing the feeling of loneliness that is my most frequent companion.

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London Bridge If London Bridge falls, it likely will have lots of company. Much of our infrastructure is approaching the ripe old age of eighty. How bad is it? They tell us that 63,000 bridges are structurally unsound. How are we supposed to get from here to there? At least we have a number . . . of the bridges. Federal funding has declined.

The number of derelict bridges alone presents us with a daunting problem. But, it isn’t just the bridges alone. You probably don’t wish to be on one of those bridges when it collapses. Maybe you could plan to be on one that isn’t collapsing at that particular moment. Congratulations. You avoided all 63,000 bridges. Careful. You’re still in jeopardy.

Not a single U.S. city ranks among the world’s most livable cities. Not a single U.S. airport is among the top 100 airports in the world. Our infrastructure is a shambles. The idiots in Washington fret that we can’t afford fixing the problem. That’s true, when we barely have enough for tax cuts for the parasites, welfare for corporations and the military capability to kill everyone that doesn’t like us.
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Coal PlantYes. You too can become a mass murderer. Some self-chosen few are even making obscene amounts of money doing it. How many people is it possible to kill? Why stop at people?

Yes. You can help exterminate the entire human race. We can even throw in several thousands of species of fauna. How about even more? How about all of those pesky species of flora?

I am providing a video course below in how to remembered as among the greatest mass murderers of all time. Ooops. Sorry. Just one little problem. There won’t be anyone remaining to remember you. Well, anyway, it’s free.

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Full Speed AheadThat’s right. You don’t matter. Neither do I. While the internet was created with my tax dollars and yours, who cares? Certainly not the FCC.

While you and I pay far too much to be connected others are making fortunes from it that would embarrass King Midas. It appears that nothing embarrasses Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. They need even greater advantage over my little blog.

Everyone is concerned about the loss of net neutrality, and rightly so. If the FCC takes that away, Comcast, Verizon and AT&T will provide a fast lane for companies extorted to pay more and a slow lane for the rest of us. That means Netflix and some other services and sites will cost us more.

Be forewarned, however, AT&T is pursuing a patent that takes a different route to their enrichment. This patent will allow them to determine what kind of content you are downloading and increase the prices for various types of content. They intend to get you both coming and going.

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Ashamed

May 25, 2014

in Politics


“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” – George Washington

“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” — Clarence Darrow

I didn’t make the ultimate sacrifice but I did serve this country. I decline to claim that I served my country. This is not the country that I served. This country does dishonor to those that served.

Richard BurrThe Congress has duly earned the disrespect indicated by every poll. Here on Memorial Day I see further evidence of that. One of the buffoons, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Were the GOTP to attain the majority, he would sit as chair of that committee.

This Dick sent an open letter to veterans just in time for Memorial Day. It claimed that six veterans’ organizations were more concerned with politics than their memberships. Why? Because they disagreed with the Dick.

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God Is Hate

April 20, 2014

in Politics


Flags and ClownsReally? God is hate? If you believe that these Republican leaders and their toadies are Christians, then one can draw no other conclusion.

As a child I heard that people fear what they do not understand. It appears that Republicans have conflated fear with hate. It is the easiest strategy for appealing to bigots, racists, fundamentalists and others who similarly have allergies to facts, education, reason and thinking for themselves.

Were they to think, rather than be motivated by fear and hatred, they would have to admit that every Republican economic nostrum has been harmful to everyone, save the elite. They would have to admit that the more conservative a state, the closer it is to the bottom economically, educationally, in measurements of health, in satisfaction with their lives and their expectations for achieving the American Dream.

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Assault RifleThe patsies of the gun manufacturers, largely superposable with the members of the National Rifle Association (NRA), have substituted firearms for their genitalia and gun lobbyists’ cant for thinking. They consider their right to their manufactured machismo more important than the lives of tens of thousands of men, women and kindergarteners.

They are too intellectually limited and lazy to look up “well-regulated militia.” Therefor, they can’t quite grasp the reason the First Congress and George Washington adopted the 2nd Amendment.

They seem to feel that George and his merry men suffered unimaginable hardship and George and his fellow Founding Fathers risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor just so a bunch of bozos who neither understand nor appreciate what this country is all about could oppose and try to destroy the very accomplishments for which real Americans honor them.

These twits claim that the Founding Fathers intentionally provided them (the twits) the “right” to destroy their (the Founders) handiwork. Did those illustrious men in powdered wigs really have such a low opinion of the results of their labor?

Au contraire. The Founders feared a standing army. The militia was intended to provide protection for the government. If they don’t belong to the militia (re: National Guard) and/or don’t wish to protect the government, they have not qualified to own any firearm.

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Clowns Of The Wild West

April 18, 2014

in Law


Bozo Bundy Hero? Patriot? Not exactly.

Criminal? Yes.

Millionaire Freeloader? Absolutely

Hypocrite? The very definition of one.

My grandmother taught me never to trust anyone that wears their religion or patriotism on their sleeve. Well, Cliven Bundy doesn’t always wear it on his sleeve but he does keep the American flag close at hand. He wants you to think he’s a patriotic American. Bullshit.

That’s ironic. This is the guy I saw on my television saying that he doesn’t recognize the federal government as legitimate. He’s a devotee of states’ rights. He does recognize the State of Nevada as legitimate . . . while ignoring its laws.

The federal government isn’t legitimate but he’s upset because that non-existent entity is violating his rights under its Constitution. I’m going to have to think about that for a while.

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