I just Watched a “News Conference” with SCROTUS

February 17, 2017

I have been sitting here watching Drumpf for over an hour.

I am stunned.

He appears not well mentally.

He is passionate about reiterating that he WON the election.

He appears to be fixated about CNN and constantly berating the media that they are “fake news”.

He whined about Flynn. He whined about his Immigration policy.

He makes it personal. Criticizing the people asking him questions is not a good strategy.

He continued to deny an connection between Russia and his Campaign.

He blames the Intelligence leaks as being the cause of the problems he is having instead of addressing the problems themselves.

He is obsessed with ratings.

He may have gotten elected but he is not the President. He is pathetic.

He needs to go.

 

 

 

 

 

If Not David Brooks, What ?

May 2, 2016

This is response to David Brooks Op-Ed Column entitled If Not Trump, What ?

(   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/29/opinion/if-not-trump-what.html )

Mr Brooks:

  1. “What are you supposed to do” ? WHAT are you supposed to do ?  Are you kidding me ?  For starters, I would say Bend Over and Kiss your Butt Goodbye.
  2. Thank you for finally noticing the pain the country is in.  Losing this election is what took you to realize that you’ve been “spending large chunks of my life in the bourgeois strata — in professional circles with people with similar status and demographics to my own.”?????   You didn’t notice that after the LAST two elections ?? Suddenly you realize we have poverty and homelessness and alienation ?
  3. We need a Ladder of Hope ? Are you kidding me ? What are you smoking ?
  4. “We’ll probably need a new national story.” Ya think?   Horatio Alger isn’t working for you anymore ?  There’s a shock.
  5. “But that story isn’t working for people anymore, especially for people who think the system is rigged.” The implication is that the system ISN’T rigged—they just think it is. That is making me laugh so hard !    It is so absurd.
  6. “We’ll also need to rebuild the sense that we’re all in this together.” Oh let’s sing Kumbaya too” Please. This isn’t a Schlitz beer commercial from the ’70s, Mr. Brooks. Really ? We’re all in this together ? (How about you only go around once also?)
  7. Yes –we’ll need a  “communitarianism”. Yes, of course. The needs of the many outweigh the the needs of the few. Yes Thank you Mr Spock. And thank you Mr. Brooks for noticing that the gap between rich and poor is off the charts.  Communitarianism. Right. You are aware that between the Trump supporters who will think you are talking about Communism and the rest of the conservatives living on their own islands that no one will even look that up to see what it used to mean.
  8. “Then solidarity can be rekindled nationally.” Is this when we sing Kumbaya ?  Solidarity ? The Republican Party using the Word Solidarity ? IS this an attempt at humor ? Right On ? All Power to the People ?  Workers of the World Unite ? Please tell me you have been abducted by E.T.s and replaced by one of them WHO HASN’T BEEN here the last 100 years ? If not, what planet are you sending this in from ?

9.   the NASA project ? You mean the Moon Landing in 1969 ? THAT “NASA project” ?

10. OK- enough. Here’s what is going to happen. Your people are going to nominate Herr Drumpf. YOUR people are going to splinter.  The other party is going to nominate Clinton. She is going to be elected whether anyone really wants to or not, just because the system IS as broken as you know it is. A lot of people will NOT vote because as you must have noticed, most people don’t want ANY of the candidates. If your name was None of the above you would win in a landslide.  Life will go on. Prisons will remain full. Violence and Crime will continue. Substance abuse will continue. Education will continue to be broken. State created (by the USA) will terrorism will continue both foreign and domestic. As you noticed, suicide will continue to rise. Our infrastructure will continue to decline. The rich will get richer and the poor will continue to get children.  Climate Change will not be addressed. Mental Illness will not be addressed meaningfully. International crises will continue to overpower everyone from wars, famines, plagues and as Bill Murray said “Cats and Dogs living together”.  Plastic will continue to clog our oceans.  The world economy will bump along despite all of that somehow. Unless there is an epic disaster.

YOUR only hope is an epic catastrophe. The San Andreas fault destroys Los Angeles. The North Koreans smuggle a Nuke into New York City. The CDC or Ft Detrick lose containment (or get robbed) and something gets loose that is so deadly that we lose millions of people. An asteroid hits Washington DC.  An abrupt climate change actually occurs and takes out our northern states with devastating cold. A spectacular drought occurs and destroys our agriculture. Nuclear War would be a good one. Those things would cause what you want. Those things have a very low chance of happening. I am sure you have read The Project for the New American Century  white paper written by Kristol, Kagan, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz et al. They came to the same conclusion that the American people would not rally and have solidarity without a new Pearl Harbor.  Well, the attack card was already played. The people responded as predicted and we are starting to get somewhat disengaged from the whole NYC, Pentagon, Iraq, Afghanistan thing that evolved. Granted we stirred up a hornet’s nest and we will have to deal with the remaining bunch of very angry people whose countries we trashed but that will probably be managed.

In other words, not much is going to change. Congress will continue to be bought. People will continue to be anesthetized by smart phones, television, and video games. Air pollution, water pollution will continue to poison us.  And if you keep writing columns like this, well…I predict you are going to be unemployed. I can’t believe the New York Times published this. The only way I can explain it is that this is some kind of test to see if anyone reads your columns.

 

 

Scrambling to Understand Why Donald Trump is leading

March 4, 2016

Most things are complex enough that to say This Is Simple is probably a bad Idea.

That said, I think the overall basic appeal of Trump is Alienation.

For years, traditional Democrats and Republicans have locked up the politics and funneled people into an either or choice. Obama or Romney/McCain…Bush or Gore etc.

Someone has finally figured out how to capitalize on the alienation that the government is NOT listening to the people. The nominee doesn’t have to be the lesser of two evils. Trump has created the perfect nominee for alienated people. Himself.

His appeal is not so much where ( if anywhere) that he stands on any issue. It is that he is willing to stand up and give people the finger. That’s what people want. They aren’t going to take it any more.

The guy is a personal disaster. Three marriages. Shady business dealings. Bankruptcies. Add to that his insulting almost the entire world.

Add to that his Narcissistic Personality Disorder and you have the perfect storm.

People see him as human ( despite the orange hair) and willing to take on traditional politicians like Rubio and Bush etc. That’s ( IMHO) why they support him. He is challenging the establishment. What people don’t care about are his views- Building a wall, Bombing Syria and Iraq flat, deporting illegal immigrants, Barring Muslims. Americans love Reality TV.  When they watch Reality TV, it doesn’t directly affect them like this would if Trump manages to get elected.

This is a perfect storm. I fear for the world if he even gets close. I hope people wake up. I don’t have a lot of hope for that. I think the more the Republican establishment tries to discredit him, the more his support will grow. I predict he will splinter and shatter the Republican Party. Whoever runs on the Democratic side will win.  It is clear that with the Romney, McCain, and Graham statements this week that they think so too.

 

An Open Complaint to Google and Sundar Pichai

January 16, 2016

Just bought my first Chromebook. Slick very slick. Under normal circumstances, I embrace all thing Google.

Problem is the touchpad is so sensitive that I am spending a lot of my time repairing what happens if I touch it as it sends it off into all kinds of other places and other keystrokes…..

This has been a problem for years. Google incapacitated the work around in 2015 so you can no longer turn off the touchpad and use a mouse.

Up to now they have been ignoring complaints. This is Google. GOOGLE !

Wake up Mr Pichai. You could choose to fix this with a simple order to “fix this”. Surely the people who have come up with driverless cars, the best search engine on the planet etc can fix a software glitch ?

Otherwise, those of us unhappy with this are going to make enough noise and make this public enough to hurt Chromebook sales. Not exactly a big deal to Google but a significant public black eye.

 

 

Ben Carson Says No Muslims for President

September 20, 2015

OK OK    –Here is the latest crap from Ben Carson:

Republican candidate Carson says Muslims unfit to be U.S. president

Yes — we have Freedom of Religion. By the Constitution.

It doesn’t say “no Muslims.”

This guy wants to be President ?   Is he just pandering to the Trumpites/Tea Party idiots who apparently don’t know when THEY are being played ? Like someone who IS Muslim is going to be able to get elected President ? He and Donald Trump and others like them are quickly trying to turn Muslims into the new “Colored people”. I use that (ironically) as a euphemism for the N word.

Carson is silly.

If his basis for saying this is that they believe in Sharia Law, that’s ludicrous.  His own religion requires stoning and burning people to death for various prohibitions in the Bible. Therefore, he would be unfit to run by his own “logic”.

Princeton recently announced we no longer have a democracy but an oligarchy. I wonder what happens when you merge an oligarchy with a theocracy ? I wouldn’t know what to begin to call it.

Somebody PLEASE tell me there is someone in the Republican Clown car who understands the Constitution and that it isn’t just for Christians or for just for Heterosexuals, or anyone specific…that we ALL share these rights.

Clearly the good doctor needs to fold his tent and go back to doing whatever it is he used to do. He doesn’t get it. Somebody should give him a copy of the Constitution to just read. If he  would rather just read his interpretation of the New Testament, then maybe he should go become a minister/street preacher and leave the government to people who are prepared to base it on the Constitution.

WHAT, INDEED, would happen if we could all just do our jobs according to our Religious Beliefs ?

September 10, 2015

This entry has been inspired by the list by Martin Cizmar on:

http://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/2015/09/04/religious-exemptions-how-the-world-would-look-if-kim-davis-had-her-way

Here is that list:
 Here are some possible religious exemptions to include.

If you’re an adherent of Wahhabi Islam and you work at the DMV, you no longer have to issue driver’s license to women.

If you’re a Jehovah’s Witness, you can refuse to take Christmas off work. You just show up and do whatever you do all day.

If you’re Catholic and a pharmacist, you can refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control.

If you’re a Quaker you could enlist in the army for education benefits and simply refuse to shoot a gun or fight anyone.

If you’re a Mormon you can get a job at the liquor control board and then refuse to issue any licenses to any bars.

If you’re a Mormon and you get a job as a health inspector you can refuse to issue reports for any coffee shops serving caffeinated beverages.

If you are a Rastafarian, you can work anywhere and refuse to attend any important meeting where you are not allowed to smoke your chalice of herb.

If you are Amish, you can get a job as a high school teacher and then just not show up to work, ever, since children should not be educated past the eighth grade.

If you’re a Christian Scientist cab driver, you don’t have to take anyone to the hospital, even if they’re dying.

If you’re a cop who is also a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, you refuse to take off your pirate regalia and put on your police uniform.

If you’re Hindu and get a job as a USDA livestock inspector, you can refuse to inspect cattle marked for slaughter. A Muslim or Orthodox Jewish inspector might decide the same for pork.

If you’re Jewish, you can get a job at a school cafeteria and refuse to prepare non-kosher meals.

If you’re a Seventh Day Adventist and a mail carrier, you can refuse to work on Saturday and deliver your route on Sunday instead.

If you’re a Jain and a sanitation worker, you could refuse to compact trash because it kills bugs.

If you’re a Hare Krishna bodega employee, you can refuse to honor winning lottery scratchers.

 

I cannot add to this list. It is complete enough for me.

The problem , in part, is our public education system.

People are much more concerned with being politically correct than actually understanding how our laws and our government work these days. The fact that our government is perceived as broken does NOT justify ignoring the laws. It also does not imply you can discard common sense. If you want to have a job with a Christian set of rules, like no homosexual marriage certificates or marriages, then don’t work as a county official. You go to work in a fundamentalist evangelical church where, to a limited extent, you can keep control of who gets married there. To be a county clerk in charge of marriage certificates indicates a certain ignorance of what is going to be expected of you. Even in Kentucky.

The irony is that if the woman was indeed following her Bible, she would be executing homosexuals not discriminating against them.

I guess we should all be grateful she apparently is not a literalist. But then we knew that as she didn’t think her job description applied to her either.

I am not proposing we start stoning or burning people for their sexual practices, for committing adultery, for not believing in the God of the Old Testament ( here’s a question: if people WERE following their Bible  (Leviticus 20:13 NAB), shouldn’t they be executing themselves and their fellow Christians? Logically it says followers of Other Religions and this was before Christianity was invented….It means followers of religions other than Judaism.

I am “just sayin’ “.

But seriously look at the list –

We would be stoning and burning an awful lot of people –adulterers, nonvirgins, cursers, non Jews, infidels, false prophets, people working on the the Sabbath, people who approach the Jewish Tabernacle, fortunetellers, gypsies, and people who don’t listen to the priests ( Jewish).

World population would be decimated. Not very many people left. Anarchy and Chaos would reign. The world, as we know it, would collapse.

Read it. It is all there. I am NOT making this up.

 

 

The Kentuckey Clerk Not Issuing Marriage Licenses

September 2, 2015

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/01/us-usa-gaymarriage-kentucky-idUSKCN0R13S220150901

The problem is she has focused on one small part of  “The Bible” to enforce. If she was following the Bible, she should execute all the people she is refusing to service not just turn them away or piss them off. 

Anyone who has read the Bible ( And I have)  knows that the Bible ALSO calls for these sanctions: 

IF we started FOLLOWING the Bible, we would take years and years to execute all these people and there would be about 15 people left in the world. I am so fucking sick of this.

Kill Homosexuals
“If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives.”  (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)

 

 

Death for Hitting Dad

Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.  (Exodus 21:15 NAB)

 

Death for Cursing Parents

  1) All who curse their father or mother must be put to death.  They are guilty of a capital offense.  (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)

 

Death for Adultery

 If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death.  (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)

 

Death for Fornication

 A priest’s daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death.  (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)

 

Death to Followers of Other Religions

 Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed.  (Exodus 22:19 NAB)

 

Kill Nonbelievers

They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.  (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

 

Kill False Prophets

 If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, “You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord.”  When he prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall thrust him through.  (Zechariah 13:3 NAB)

 

Kill the Entire Town if One Person Worships Another God

Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods.  In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully.  If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock.  Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it.  Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God.  That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt.  Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction.  Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you.  He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors.  “The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him.”  (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)

 

Kill Women Who Are Not Virgins On Their Wedding Night

But if this charge is true (that she wasn’t a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father’s house.  Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst.  (Deuteronomy  22:20-21 NAB)

 

Kill Followers of Other Religions.

1) If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him.  Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you.  You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.  And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst.  (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB)

 

2) Suppose a man or woman among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, has done evil in the sight of the LORD your God and has violated the covenant by serving other gods or by worshiping the sun, the moon, or any of the forces of heaven, which I have strictly forbidden.  When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then that man or woman must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death (Deuteronomy 17:2-5 NLT)

 

Death for Blasphemy

One day a man who had an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father got into a fight with one of the Israelite men.  During the fight, this son of an Israelite woman blasphemed the LORD’s name.  So the man was brought to Moses for judgment.  His mother’s name was Shelomith. She was the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan.  They put the man in custody until the LORD’s will in the matter should become clear.  Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and tell all those who heard him to lay their hands on his head.  Then let the entire community stone him to death.  Say to the people of Israel: Those who blaspheme God will suffer the consequences of their guilt and be punished.  Anyone who blasphemes the LORD’s name must be stoned to death by the whole community of Israel.  Any Israelite or foreigner among you who blasphemes the LORD’s name will surely die.  (Leviticus 24:10-16 NLT)

 

Kill False Prophets

1) Suppose there are prophets among you, or those who have dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles,  and the predicted signs or miracles take place.  If the prophets then say, ‘Come, let us worship the gods of foreign nations,’ do not listen to them.  The LORD your God is testing you to see if you love him with all your heart and soul.  Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone.  Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.  The false prophets or dreamers who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of slavery in the land of Egypt.  Since they try to keep you from following the LORD your God, you must execute them to remove the evil from among you.  (Deuteronomy 13:1-5 NLT)

 

2) But any prophet who claims to give a message from another god or who falsely claims to speak for me must die.’  You may wonder, ‘How will we know whether the prophecy is from the LORD or not?’  If the prophet predicts something in the LORD’s name and it does not happen, the LORD did not give the message.  That prophet has spoken on his own and need not be feared.  (Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NLT)

 

Infidels and Gays Should Die

So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired.  As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.  Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies.  So they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever.  Amen.  That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires.  Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.  And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other.  Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved.  When they refused to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their evil minds and let them do things that should never be done.  Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, fighting, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.  They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful.  They are forever inventing new ways of sinning and are disobedient to their parents.  They refuse to understand, break their promises, and are heartless and unforgiving.  They are fully aware of God’s death penalty for those who do these things, yet they go right ahead and do them anyway.  And, worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.  (Romans 1:24-32 NLT)

 

Kill Anyone who Approaches the Tabernacle

For the LORD had said to Moses, ‘Exempt the tribe of Levi from the census; do not include them when you count the rest of the Israelites.  You must put the Levites in charge of the Tabernacle of the Covenant, along with its furnishings and equipment.  They must carry the Tabernacle and its equipment as you travel, and they must care for it and camp around it.  Whenever the Tabernacle is moved, the Levites will take it down and set it up again.  Anyone else who goes too near the Tabernacle will be executed.’  (Numbers 1:48-51 NLT)

 

Kill People for Working on the Sabbath

The LORD then gave these further instructions to Moses: ‘Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever.  It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.  Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy.  Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community.  Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest.  I repeat: Because the LORD considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.’  (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT)

Kill People Who Don’t Listen to Priests

Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  Such evil must be purged from Israel.  (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

Kill Fortunetellers

A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death.  (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)

Kill Witches

You should not let a sorceress live.  (Exodus 22:17 NAB)

My point is this: 

This entire issue is totally vapid, irrelevant, and idiotic. If she doesn’t want to be a Lesbian, Fine. Otherwise, SHUT UP.

I would like to know some facts about Sandra Bland and her death

July 24, 2015

1. Who gave her large amounts of Marijuana IN JAIL ? And Why ? She didn’t sound stoned on the arrest video. This was DAYS later IN JAIL when she actually died….

2. What was she doing with a large plastic bag in her cell ? Enough to “hang herself”?

3.The jail has video of her. IF they have cameras watching her, why haven’t we seen her kill herself on video ? Wasn’t someone watching the cameras ? WHy have cameras if you aren’t watching and recording?

4. Weren’t there any other prisoners in the hallway ? Didn’t anybody SEE anything ?

5.How many STOPS a year does that Police Department make for changing lanes without a signal ? What is that about ? I will grant you it is a law. But how often is it enforced nationally ? How often is it enforced in that jurisdiction ?
How often is it enforced against African Americans ? Don’t the police have ANYTHING better to do with their time ?

6. When is this SHIT going to stop ?

Hard Drives with Spy Ware from NSA

February 17, 2015

OK ..It appears that the US has been inserting spyware into Hard Drives for as far back as 20 years.

No one seems too too surprised or pissed.

I am concerned that the NSA has been doing it here instead of Iran, Russia, China, etc. The media is spinning it as if the Hard Drives containing the spyware ONLY went to other countries.

One of my questions is that if the NSA had/has the capabilities to look at data in Iran and Iraq etc, then what was the reason for the Iraq War ? Why did all that have to happen? Surely the NSA knew exactly where the WMDs were NOT. Like iraq.

If the NSA had that kind of capability, why wasn’t 911 averted if indeed it happened like our government said it did.

Suddenly, people are waking up to the fact that George Orwell was right about everything except the year.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2884952/equation-cyberspies-use-unrivaled-nsastyle-techniques-to-hit-iran-russia.html

ISIS Burning that Pilot Alive

February 5, 2015

Savages.

Barbarians.

Rabid.

Sadists.

Dangerous.

Fanatical.

 

that is about it. We need to eradicate ISIS like vermin. As in Destroy.  I think that is as clear as I can be. By any means necessary.