August 28, 2014

in Politics

US Corporate FlagI have lately been deluged with requests for donations from various groups. These groups, various organizations of the Democratic Party and several devoted to specific causes, including gun control, veterans, the environment, immigrants and the similarly oriented, badger me constantly.

They ask for a signature on a petition. Then comes the beg. The majority leader of the House of Orange is bringing suit against the president for doing what the Republicans wanted him to do anyway. The cost is to be added to the deficit by those who claim nothing should be added to the deficit.

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Police State

August 13, 2014

in Politics

Police StateLand of the suspect; home of the cowed and subjugated.

It appears that not being of European ancestry is now a capital crime. Somehow that doesn’t ring true to the Pablum™ we were served in high school civics classes.

I used to admit to having served as commissioner of emergency services (fire, police and rescue). I was proud of our police department when it was honored as the best in the state. Now, I feel the need to explain that my involvement was in the 1970s.

Things have changed.

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Flat EarthRecently, I was contacted by an engineer for a technology company, soliciting my thoughts on the subject of Net neutrality. Back in early June I had posted an article on the subject: You Don’t Matter (I hope you will benefit from spending a few minutes reading it). I made no commitment to another post due to constraints on my time and availability. However, here is such an article.

He provided a link to an article written by a member of his firm’s staff. It is, in many respects a well-written article. However, it attempts the impossible. That is embedded in its title: A Neutral Guide to Net Neutrality

Fox and others incapable of coherent thought claim the mantle of “Fair and Balanced” as though that made any sense.

Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman skewered that quite nicely. He posited that if the president claimed the Earth was flat, a balanced headline would read, “Shape of the Earth in Doubt.” Obviously, however balanced that may be, it would not be fair. Being fair does not require treating  every side of every issue as of equal merit.

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Family FuedMore unintended consequences from the putative victory of Hobby Lobby over Obamacare. It’s obvious that the five Catholic males on the Court have not the intellect to think their way out of a paper sack.

The Fatuous Five have proven once more their lack of comprehension of the Constitution, the law, religion, the medical arts and women. Their other manifest deficiencies may be found in their other decisions. They are a total embarrassment to this nation.

In selecting thie accompanying graphic, I was reminded of the Mormon belief that Jesus and Satan are brothers. I considered entitling it “Family Feud.”

My apologies for not coming up with an original post. This is a copy-and-paste of a short article on the Daily Kos by someone with the nom de plume of BruinKid.

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What You Did

July 28, 2014

in Law,Politics,Religion

ShariahJust when you think the Supreme Court of Wall Street has set the conservative ideology bar as low as it can go, they return for an encore.

While the rabid fundamentalist Christians are celebrating their victory over their black nemesis, Obama, they unwittingly handed their bogeyman a Christmas whoops . . . Happy Holidays present in the muggy swamp that is Washington, D.C.

Hobby Lobby became the vanguard for the idiots out there masturbating in the sand. To switch metaphors, the doors of Hobby Lobby are the shortcut into the mosque. You know what a mosque is. It’s the place where you learn all about shariah law.

If corporations are people and can be devoted to religion, as the Foolish Five in black robes have proclaimed, there must be a Muslim corporation, er, uh, person lurking somewhere out there in the marketplace. There is also some likelihood that a nefarious corp . . . person will need employees.

There is a persistent rumor, sometimes heard in other countries that there are a few Muslims that are nice people. These atypical Arabs are nice to other people, even employees. Some even wish their underlings good health. I think the word in Arabic is, gesundheit.

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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…]


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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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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