Saturday, November 22, 2014

CNN and Dish

After a month, CNN has reappeared on Dish.  I've found I didn't miss it at all.  I did tune in one,  but tuned out when I saw Blitzer's.  CNN really needs to find some new newsreaders.  I wish CNN would go back to being just news, but then they'd have to be privately held so that the pesky shareholder value schmucks didn't run the company.

Finally

The Orange Man has found an attorney, a TV shyster named Turley.  Now we can await the federal version of "Law and Order:  Separation of Powers," as Boehner sues the Prez. over not enforcing a part of Obamacare that the GOP despised.   It's weird.

At least cable "news" will have a new bit to depthless twitiness to cover.  I wonder how many lawyers have called cable producers to announce their availability?

House Republicans sue Obama over health care law

Doctor Who

I'm enjoy "Doctor Who."  I have not had a problem with the Time Lord's latest rebirth from Will Smith to Peter Capaldi.  Have you?  What's next?  Ah, the Christmas Special and season nine next year.

If you're a fan, here's a bit from the current Doctor--Peter Capaldi muses on his first year as ‘Doctor Who’.

Who's your favorite companion?  I still have to go with Rose (Billie Piper), but the current one, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman),  may overtake Rose.



Why is GM still in business?

The types of people running that company have not changed.  We merely see a bit more clearly how they work.  When it comes to death and profit, they prefer dead customers.  In a very real sense, Mr. Raymond DeGiorgio can be seen as a murderer. Every exec who pressed Mr. DeGiorgio to act as he did, is an accomplice. Ditto for the Delphi execs who, for profit, went along with the GM thugs. GM should have gone belly up in 2008.


G.M. ‘Bullied’ Manufacturer Over Poorly Designed Part, Email Says

Did you hope for a change, vis a vis, war?

Funny, it does not matter which set of clowns have the lease on Air Force One, they fly us off to war.  We're still in Afghanistan and will be for a long time (think Korea here).  To sweeten the deal (and keep the medals flowing), our commanderator in chiefiness  has quietly expanded the scope of legit targets we can blow the shit out of in Afghanistan.  It's free fire season on the Taliban!  More war is good for the merchants of death who contribute generously to campaigns left, center and right.

Funny, we went after terrorists, killed them off, then morphed the local pols who had been the government( we really did not like them) into  an enemy and now they're pretty much categorized as terrorists.  Kind of warped, but Bush and Obama did it to keep the nation on an active war footing.

AP sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

This is all to common of an occurence

Sexual predation and violence on college campuses is too common.  Schools cover up this and other law breaking, especially if a athletic star is involved (think Florida State here).  It has to end.  Will it?

U-Va. campus addresses sexual-assault allegations in Rolling Stone article

The names and photos of the pervs who gang raped the woman need to be made very public.


benghazi, benghazi, benghazi, meh

Do you think the Trogs will refrain from screeching "Benghazi" everyday?  Well, maybe for a few weeks, as they test blather "emperor," "immigration, " and "impeachment."  Oh, I bet they will, by mid December, be back in full "Benghazi" blast.  Do you think a new stinking House report matters?

House panel finds no intelligence failure in Benghazi attacks

I can hear a Trog now, "Stinking reports? We don't need no stinking reports."

I wonder if the average Trog knows Benghazi's location--Can You Find Benghazi?


When you hear a Trog yammer about the American People Have Spoken...

Trogs took the Senate and added House numbers.  They love to make it sound as though, on election day, the nation's voters suddenly woke up, started drooling bile and dragged their knuckles all the way to the polls.  The nation had screamed "Trog!"  Oh, bullshit.  Look on voting day most people went out for pizza, took a nap, or played games.  The one thing they did not do was vote.

Across the nation only 36.7% of possible voters, voted.  That means 63.3% sat on their thumbs, picked their noses or contemplated their ass crack.  Lets assume that, on average, the Trogs won each race by 55% (I'm being generous).  Okay that means that a whopping 20%, yes, 20%, that's a mighty minority of American voters who drooled on their knuckles that day.  That's not a wave.  That's not a mandate.  That's just plain stupid.


Friday, November 21, 2014

"After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less"

Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?

When Whites Just Don’t Get It

When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 2

When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 3

When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 4

Triology in Four Parts

The third of four parts to the Hunger Games Trilogy is out.   If I went to theaters, I'd go see it as soon as it shows up.  I hope the third is as good as the first two.  It appears that may be so--

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 review – Jennifer Lawrence still engages in this operatic nightmare

Why does Barbie Sell So Well Anyway?

Did you miss this one?

Barbie computer engineer story withdrawn after sexism row

I'd be hard pressed to give a Barbie doll to any girl--the messages are wrong.  Fortunately, today, there is a new alternative:

Meet Lammily – the doll with normal body, spots and cellulite

Who buys Barbie and why?

Where there's smoke...

Another woman has come forward on Bill Cosby.   Cosby could be innocent, but the accounts are piling up.  Is Cosby going to wind up pulling an Anthony Wiener (deny, deny, deny and then go oops, yeah it's mine) or has this been a dandy way for some to get another 15 minute of TV fame?


Therese Serignese, latest Bill Cosby accuser, urges star to 'quit lying'

Who Hires These Guys

DOJ is miffed at secure communications--it makes illegal snooping a thing of the past.  It makes them actually get out of their offices and find evidence to build a case when their eyes can legally pry.  So what do they do to retain the good old days?  They play the dead child card.  Who hired this asshole?

DOJ Says iPhone Encryption Will Kill a Child

President Webb?

Huh?  Jim Webb is considering a run for the lease on Air Force One!  If he does run, can he topple Ms. Clinton?  She has the same aura of inevitability today as she had in 2008, so....


Ex-Senator Jim Webb Explores Presidential Candidacy

Immigration

Obama spoke to the nation, kinda, sorta, last night.  The networks opted to carry regular programming.  Obama lived up to Trog expectations.  This allows them to make full use of their consultant's previously prepared bullet point conclusions.   Yep, we know Obama is evil and does bad things to the Constitution, etc., etc. etc.  You can fill in the GOP blank:  "Obama is pure ____."  Yawn.

Now we will wait and see if and how the Troggies will become sillier than they've been in the prior six years.  They might just suck on their thumbs and pout for a few months and return to the nation's non-business.  Or they might collectively perch and rotate on each others thumbs for two years and forget they have non-business to not attend to.  Trogs are hard to understand.

However,  I am confident whatever they do, they will not win over any new members.  Their tent will remain pretty old, pretty white and mostly male especially if they conform to Tea Bad illogic.  The Trogs will probably be consistent with that logic and continue to effect a return to the good old days of 1855.  In other words, the status will remain quo (oh, there will be minor changes, for example, instead of referring to Benghazi all the time, they will scream immigration instead).

Obama acts on immigration, announcing decision to defer deportations of 4 million

The sad part if this is, they GOP has the chance to demonstrate that they can govern in a manner that helps our nation.  Not like last time though--two wars charged to the unborn taxpayer, loss of freedom  due to uber-patriotism, torture, massive spending increases, grundles of earmarks, and so on.  Come on, have you already forgotten the Shrub's years of the unitary presidency?  Maybe we're better off if the Trogs remain in full snit.  They can sit and pivot for two years.  Whey they really run things it's bad for everybody except the top 2%.

Yeah, I'm glad Obama did his immigration thing, it  helps some folks and more importantly it really pisses off the GOP.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Attention Progressives Who Get All Froggy Over Voter ID

Quit ranting.  Quit hopping around.  Take a moment and read a reasoned piece on Voter ID laws and elections.  After reading, you will be informed and can then resume your behavior since it is directed at true knuckle-dragging, acid drooling Trogs, Repubs.

Why Voter ID Laws Don’t Swing Many Elections

Over Reach Means You Wind Up With Your Head Up Your Own Ass

Who has their head up their ass?  Why all the good spooks at NSA, CIA, DIA and any other group that used the Patriot Act to grab electronic data on everybody.  The spooks leveraged (scared the legal shit out of) companies to comply with requests.  The spooks took control of encryptation and abused it.  The spooks overreached.  They pissed off Americans, Europeans, Asians, Africans, etc.

Companies, abused by the feds are biting back--thank you Mr. Snowden.  The spooks are pissed.  They can demand Big Brother legislation, but that probably won't work since the companies are global.  If the spooks had not over-reacted, we'd not have heard from Mr. Snowden, and the easy tools would still be there for them to use when a court decided it's okay.  Instead in a fear based moment of total paranoia, garnished with some amazing technical tools, they managed to shove their heads so far up their asses they may have turned themselves inside out.  It has't been a pretty sight.

WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption using TextSecure

District Cops Will Can Remain Shakedown Artists Until 2018

Because the cops have budgeted shakedown money (civil asset forfeiture money that goes straight into their coffers) the District's overhaul won't affect the cops until 2018.   Gee, that's plenty of time for the cops to work on future City Council members, reverse the law, and keep the money flowing to them.  I'm cynical, but if I'm around in 2018 and remember, I hope I'm wrong, but I am confident in my estimate of District cops and councils ethics.

D.C. Council votes to overhaul asset forfeiture, give property owners new rights

Safety Devices That Kill, Yep, They're In Our Cars

Auto companies, besides GM, cannot build cars that don't kill someone.  Now it's the airbags.  Not the bags themselves, but the explosive that inflates them.  When they blow, their container becomes shrapnel.  The airbags are from one company.  Hmm, why one company?

Across 50 states and over 30 million cars may be recalled.  However, the recall won't do much good if they aren't 30 million replacement parts.  Somebody made some piss poor decisions along the way.

I'm going to guess Takata got all that business by being the lowest priced supplier.  Why were the lowest price?  Does cutting corners come to mind?  After all, in a bad wreck who will notice injuries from airbag shrapnel?  Given the wrongful death cost estimate vs. fixing the problem when it was first discovered for both the Ford Pinto (aka Molotov on wheels) and GM's cars that turn off by themselves at any time, I bet Takata is running paper shredders overtime.

Then there are all the auto companies.  Who drives those decision makers to make such shitty choices?  Do they do it all by themselves because they're just sort of despicable people?  Or do they opt for the low road because of demands from someone else?

Yep, think about it.  Think about all those Wall Street analysts demanding maximum value for stockholders, today, not tomorrow.  If execs don't meet analysts estimates then their company suffers.  Of course the best ways to improve the stock value is to cut costs--labor and parts.  So, who gave us all the cars that kill?  I'll go with the Wall Street shareholder value crowd, may they have need of a safety device soon.  Shareholder value won't save anyone from a flak attack, but a decently build care will.

Regulators demand massive recall of potentially dangerous air bags

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We're still waging war on our fear

Our latest fear is ISIL.  We're bombing them.  We're helping others kill them.  If we're lucky we'll eliminate this current fear and wait for the next one to surface.  Damn, why couldn't we have waited a while longer before we let our paranoia put the Pentagon back on top?

Oh, since we're at war have you written your Congressman about ISIL war yet?  I don't expect them to declare war, so asking for that is a waste of ink or electrons.  However, asking them to debate a tax increase to pay for the war is not a waste at all.  That would be an interesting debate.  I can see it now, Trogs might be for increasing taxes and the Dems would be against it.  Weird.

Ask your elected putz or putzette to put a bill on the floor to institute a war tax so that we do not stick one more war on the unborn taxpayer.

Trivial Pursuits

One on one we're okay as a species, but when we gather in larger groups we usually find ways to demonstrate our intolerance for a durable sanity.  Did you know BYU banned beards back in 1970?  I know, who cares.  Now they may allow beards. Again who really gives a shit.  Geeeesh.  See, we're all, in our own collectives just nucking futs.

At Brigham Young, Students Push to Lift Ban on Beards

To be or not to be

Uh, to be what?  Oh, that's easy.  To be an emperor or not to be an emperor, that is Obama's question. He already told us he has to obey the law, he can't play at king.  Now, it appears that he's decided being king is okay, he's headed down the royal path on immigration.

His justification is dreck.  He's pulling a Clinton, remember "the meaning of is, is," bullshit?  And he's using the Shrub's approach to presidential actions--get a lawyer to tell him it's legit and it's okay to do damned near anything.  

If Obama does the immigration thing all by himself, will the new GOP Congress decide to try to govern or act like petulant kiddies?  They won't impeach him so I'd watch for lots of Trogs pouting while they shut down the government next year.   After all this is what the voters, not the American people, want.  Voters elected these schmucks to provide this form of governance.  We have what we want (we elected it).  

Obama’s potential immigration plan could enter uncharted territory

God Wants You To Kill for Him/Her/It

And in the Middle East, assorted gods (they can't all be the same) have minions doing their bidding.  Today some of god's minions, Palestinians, killed the another god's minions (Jews) in one of god's buildings.  I guess, if there ever was a peaceful god, he she or it was knocked off by the ones we have left standing.  It sucks.

Palestinian attackers storm Jerusalem synagogue, killing 3 Americans, 1 Briton

Monday, November 17, 2014

Some Days You Just Want to Shake Your Head, A Lot

‘I carried his name on my body for nine years’: the tattooed trafficking survivors reclaiming their past

Human Trafficking

Modern slavery affects more than 35 million people, report finds

Parasitic Symbiosis?

I did not like the ACA when it passed.  I accepted it, because, in theory, something is better than nothing.  I wanted Congress to bite the bullet and deliver a national health care system or at least Medicare for all.  Instead we got the ACA, a.k.a., Obamacare.

Before ACA, Dems, including Obama railed against the always evil health insurance industry.  Trogs defended them, they're part of capitalism (and gave generously to the GOP).  Now consider the political positions in a post ACA world.

Health insurers and others now profit from the ACA, they profit quite well.  Obama and the Dems need to keep the ACA a going concern to survive as a party.  The Trogs still try to trash the ACA.

However we may see a bit of bipartisan support emerge for Obamacare.  Why?  Well, the health insurers don't want changes.  They are making money.  So, unless the Trogs are willing to forgo all that health industry campaign cash (and see it all go to Dems), they will have to quietly let their opposition to Obamacare fade into barely audible whimpers that are no longer heard even on cable news.

Our pols and insurers have established a symbiotic relationship, I'm not sure which side is the parasite. You know, I think they both are.

Will the Supremes be informed that the Health Industry does not want the ACA trashed?  Will it matter to those partisan hacks in robes?

Health Law Turns Obama and Insurers Into Allies

Teenage Boy Front: Feeelthy Picture Update

Take one 14 year old boy.  Add in hormones.  Now add in a drone with a camera.  What will we get?  Uh, it's obvious isn't it?

G-string in the backyard pic just the beginning: Drone privacy and security a big problem

Gun Nut Front: The obvious does not matter

It has always been the case that more guns does equal more crime.  Sloppy research can suggest otherwise, but more data and better methods do support the obvious.  Oh, why in the wild, wild west was the first act of the new sheriff to disarm everybody?  It's simple, when theres's minimal law and  lots of guns, then a lot of shooting will occur.  It did.  Why do we persist in trying to resurect the lawless West?  Oh, yeah forgot about the money to be made in selling guns and ammo.

More guns, more crime: New research debunks a central thesis of the gun rights movement

Merchants of Death Front: Indian Update

At times I am inclined to think there is so much war and war like activity because there is no much money to be made selling weapons.  We're still the #1 merchant of death, I think.  In the name of freedom and such we sell oodles and oodles, hell make it a grundle, of deadly stuff all around the world.  Russia competes as does China.  Now a big buyer may become a player in selling of death.

India is the world’s largest arms importer. It aims to be a big weapons dealer, too.

Does this mean Pakistan will try to become a bigger seller of death than India?

Why do we still have capital punishment?

The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996

When Lawyers Stumble, Only Their Clients Fall


If we must have our states kill people for committing crimes lets be sure they do commit the crime and that they are represented by competent lawyers in a front of a competent judge.

Then the executions should be timely and public.  We need to see it.  I suggest the guillotine, it's kind of hard to botch the kill.  Oh, the lanyard should be pulled by the Governor of the state.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Companies that kill their customers: GM Update

Hey the number of folks GM execs killed in order to maximize shareholder value and keep pocketing their salaries has gone up.  We started with GM admitting they killed 13; it's now stands at 32 lives lost to their fatal cars.  The number is rising.

I don't understand why execs are never sent to prison over their actions.   GM executives made decisions.  Their decisions killed people.  Now they pay blood money.  +99% of them have kept their jobs.  The dead are still dead.  I guess that's American capitalism, right?

Cold Numbers on G.M. Crisis: A Peek Inside

Does Ferguson Make Any Sense?

About all we know for sure is one guy was killed by another guy.  Beyond that, I don't have enough info to decide if the shooting was legit or it was, at least, manslaughter.  If the grand jury does not indict, then I fear they community may become more than testy.  I'm not sure what kind indictment will keep tempers more contained than not.

I hope we do not see all the recent gun and ammo purchases put to use by all the folks who live in that area.  Do you think the country is ready for a rerun of 1967-1968?

We seem to have to many police who play quick draw McGraw too often rather than acting to keep the peace.

Fatal Encounter in Ferguson Took Less Than 90 Seconds, Police Communications Reveal

Civil Asset Fofeiture

Here's the Post's complete series on cops, D.A.s and judges who behave more like the mob than purveyors of justice.  Amazing what access to cash and goodies can do to folks.

Civil Asset Forfeiture:  Stop and Seize

I didn't see this part in the above, if it's a dup link sorry about that.  If not, it's more of the same --cops being shabby, very shabby at all of our expense.

D.C. police plan for future seizure proceeds years in advance in city budget documents

Homesick terrorists?

Man that's just a hoot.  These morons made decisions.  They have to live with them.  If they act then they are responsible for their actions.  Leave the U.S. to fight for ISIS or kindred groups, fine, but if you return, then you will be arrested and, damn a new use Gitmo, be locked up for a long time for the opportunity to commune with your God until you die.

Better yet, stay in some desert shithole and become a martyr as you are killed killing mostly other Muslims.  That's kind of fucked up logic, but religion does a mind fuck on too many folks.   Yep, be steadfast, sacrifice, and get martyred.

  Homesick jihadists are debating whether to return to their comfortable lives in the West

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What if it had tanked again this year?

Do you remember when Obamacare's website came online?  You  would it you had needed a doorstop back then, because that was about all it was worth.  It bombed and stayed useless for a couple of months.

It's open enrollment again.  The site appears to be working.  Obama should have farmed the mess out to Amazon.   Oops, they couldn't,  I forgot we have another complex in action.  Yep, it'll never work quite right because it's the product of the Information Technology Industry Congressional Complex (ITICC).

Obamacare 2015 Sign-Up Under Way With Few Glitches

Too Many Bad Guys?

When the bad guys were pretty much the mob, the FBI was all we needed.  Now we have a more diverse set of creeps committing crimes and as a consequence we have more feds from lots of agencies playing at undercover cop.

Sadly, without oversight, any management, lack of training, and no real check on the use of seized assets we can now watch our nation move more and more towards a Keystone Kops version of a police state farce.

We don't have to worry about China overtaking us.  Ditto with the Russkies.  We will do ourselves in and call ourselves patriots to boot.

Where are all the concerned Repubs on this?  Oh, they're taking their 4,734th House vote on repealing Obamacare and planning to shut the government down over immigration.  And the Dems?  Oh, they have nothing to say, so they're spending all their time on fundraising for 2016.


More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations

Remember all that bullshit Obama spewed to con us into voting for him?   How about someone who with make that same kind of talk and then walk the talk.  It's not Hillary Clinton and it's not a single one of the Trogs.  Oh, well, like goes on as we continue to live in interesting times.




I like e-Ink but

A kindle for $200+  ($289 w/o ads and with 3G +WiFi) is a bit steep.  Still is sounds good.  I prefer the original reader for books over the Kindle Fire, but it's not a bit enough preference to make me pay $300 for another reader.

Kindle Voyage Is the Best eBook Reader Ever. But It’s Ridiculously Expensive.

Well, maybe....

Ya Gotta Love Loons

American Catholics are divided over Pope Frank, well less so the average frothy faither and more so the guys who wear all those 13th century clothes when they to go work.  Yep, Bishops are fer and agin the Pope.  Is this a new thing?  Nah, how about the Ariains bashed and bloodied by the Athanasians back in the early day and over the centuries.

Religion brings out the less than desirable of human characteristics.  The more intense one's faith the more batshit crazy one becomes.  Maybe Catholics will emulate the Muslims and resume killing each other off over how many fingers the priest holds up when consecrating the host.

Divided U.S. bishops debate big changes in private: ‘It wasn’t heated, it was heartfelt’

God hates chocolate

We all know that climate change belongs to god.  He/she/it runs the planet, right?  We are but his instruments.  If chocolate production is down due to lots of drought, then that means god does not want us to eat chocolate.  Okay, Christians your god wants you to quit sinning and leave the chocolate for the rest of us sinners who think the climate changes are man-made.

The world’s biggest chocolate-maker says we’re running out of chocolate

Hmm, maybe the coming chocolate crisis could be used to get Repubs on board to do something about manmade climate change.  Nah, they're stuck in the evangefundie primary rut.

Bless my slam dunk

The CIA has such an exquisite track record in the Middle East, perhaps only matched by the State Department's.  I'm sure the CIA will train Syrians well, perhaps not as well as the U.S. Army trained Iraqi soldiers, but up to their usual standards.

U.S. weighs expanded CIA training, arming of Syrian allies struggling against Assad