Saturday, December 20, 2014

Good Music

I was watching Austin City Limits last night.  The featured group was one I had not heard of before. They are Rodrigo y Gabriela.  After about forty minutes of wonderful mesmerizing sounds, I think I will have to buy their CD--they are in my cart, have to check the budget.

They are a pair of classical guitarists who filter their Spanish guitar througho Mexican and Latin sounds as they meld flamenco, jazz, rock, heavy metal with seemingly limitless enthusiam.  They are different in that wonderful positive way. Go to Amazon and listen to some samples (or with iTunes).


Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, et al, take note

Quite farting around with lethal injections, chairs, chambers, and bullets.  Quit hiding the executions.  Hang 'em!  Hell, save the state some green and get a judge to expedite carrying out all the sentences of everyone on death row today.  If y'all need some advice on how to get such a deed done, send a death planning team over to Pakistan.

First of 400 Pakistani militants hanged in wake of school massacre

Dead Goat Herder Front: Drones in Pakistan

I wonder if a decade or so into the future we'll see a Senate Drone Report akin to the Torture report which no one seems to give a rats about?  I bet even more of us support death by drone than approve of forced rectal feeding.

US drone attack kills at least five Taliban fighters in Pakistan – report

See, The NSA Did It!

North Korea says "not us."  They've asked and threatened Obama to jointly investigate or die (I guess).  What if the morons from Korea have accidentally told the truth this time?  About the denial, not the threats.

Okay who did it to Sony and stuck the Koreans with the blame?  Why, it's the fun loving spooks who work in a highly classified, hush-hush, sub-sub basement of the NSA of course.  They wanted to know is one of their new programs,  "Blame it On Mame," works.  It does.  They can crash a company, control commerce and make us all believe it's the fault of whomever they want us to.

 Now what country and corporation is next?  Oops,  the GOP's RNC  is going to hack Media Matters and threaten to blow up the PCs of all who read that liberal website.  Hey, it's step one on the road to establish a democratic dictatorship that protects us from fear.

North Korea, Angrily Denying Sony Attack, Proposes Joint Investigation With U.S.

It'd make a great movie starring Rogan and Franco naturally.


Please Note

Never underestimate the power of large groups of stupid people.  What groups?   Oh, how about the religious ones.  This article features Muslims.  I guess too many folks are over blessed with the god gene.

Battle with the Islamic State for the minds of young Muslims

I'm not picking on Islam.  Come on, 75+% of Americans believe in the virgin birth.  Yep, large groups...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Stating the obvious award--American Prospect

Here's the award winning headline--Has the GOP Become the Pro-Torture Party?

Uh, one little quibble, becoming?  They aren't referred to as knuckle-dragging, acid droolers for no reason.  The Trogs (GOP) in the 20th and 21st Centuries have been the go to guys if one needs patriotic zealots who will support your particular barbarism (provided there are votes and cash along the way).

 

Want to know why things go bump in the night, all day, and throughout the evening?

Well, it's us--

...65% of U.S. adults believe that all of these aspects of the Christmas story – the virgin birth, the journey of the magi, the angel’s announcement to the shepherds and the manger story – reflect events that actually happened. Among U.S. Christians, fully eight-in-ten (81%) believe in all four elements of the Christmas story. Even among people who are not affiliated with any religion, 21% believe all these events took place, and 37% believe at least one (but not all) of them occurred.


Little things, like reason, logic, facts, science, etc. don't stand a chance against a nation over blessed with a frothy faithful who put stock in mass illusions and delusions while advancing gullibility as their guidon.

 

Science: 2014

Breakthrough of the Year: The top 10 scientific achievements of 2014

Snake-oil is snake-oil regardless of who sells it, even on TV

Half of Dr. Oz’s medical advice is baseless or wrong, study says

North Korea

Here's a piece on the N. Korean hack of Sony.  Sony, erred is pulling the film.  Had anything blown up, that'd been enough pretext to vaporize the schmucks.

U.S. attributes Sony attack to North Korea

I have to admit as I mused on this idiotic bit of criminality, my mind wandered over to our domestic  cyber-thugs, the NSA.  What if the NSA is the real culprit of the SONY hack?  What if they spoofed the techniques and methods of the Koreans and did it so well that any expert would conclude the North Koreans were guilty of zapping Sony?  With that kind of control, the NSA would be able to run everything as they wanted it run.  It's sketchy, but with some additional thought, I think we could make a follow up movie to the Interview.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's EIT If we do it, otherwise it's Torture

Who's most down with torture?  Let's see, white, male, over 65, has some college, follows news very closely and is, of course, a Republican.  It's a bit bothersome that so many of us approve of torture and believe it did anything other than harm both the victim, the torturer and the rest of us in this representative democracy we call the United States.

About Half See CIA Interrogation Methods as Justified

Are we this damn stupid?

I can't think of much dumber than having another Clinton or Bush in the White House, but that may be what happens.  The monied crowd likes to bet on sure things--those who will continue to sell government to the biggest donors, wholesale.   A Clinton vs. Bush in 2016 is the safest contest Wall Street  could imagine.  From their perspective, it's not even win/win, it's just win.  Their  odds of winning are 100%.  So are we that damn stupid?  I bet we are...

Bush, Clinton and the mixed appeal of political dynasties

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Election's over so who gives a shit about, what were the issues anyway?

Seen any ramblings and ravings about ebola or ISIL lately?  Out concerns seem to be in the hands to TV news readers.

How we forgot all about Ebola and ISIS, in 2 charts

Lying Dog Front: Dick Cheney, Again

I don't understand why anyone listens to Dork.  He spent his career making shit up and spewing it as gospel truth for idiots to lap up.  He's really a vile piece of work.  Here's a piece that gives one more sample of his lying crap.  With his logic, the guy would make a good Islamic Jihadi in ISIL.

Cheney’s claim that the U.S. did not prosecute Japanese soldiers for waterboarding

On the pad

I  swear that everyone in this country is on the pad in one way or another.  Here's a slick bit of pad news--keeping those salaries coming is the feature,  It's brought to us by Congress and the good folks who administer what Congress creates.

If you don't like it, remember, voters elected the dickheads and headettes who do this shit for us everyday--to get donations and votes to be reelected to do it all again.  Didn't vote?  Well then don't complain.   Want change?  Then form a new party, elect folks who aren't dickheads/headettes.  Oh, make sure you never reelect folks who spend federal money on boondoggles just to keep the salaries coming for folks in your state, district and neighborhood.

NASA’s $349 million monument to its drift

Monday, December 15, 2014

Seems About Right

Torture Isn't Really About Information; It's About Revenge

Police Culture Front: Now we have WWB

The cops have developed crimes all on their own.  There's DWB--driving while black.  Then one I heard about this weekend.  It's NIP- cops stop a person for being a nigger in public.  And here's a new one, I guess it would be BWWB--being a witness while black.

In all instances of these "crimes" I do wonder if there's a counterpart for whites?  Flip the race.  Is the situation the same?  Cop culture needs to be talked about and repaired (if it can be).

Video shows John Crawford's girlfriend aggressively questioned after Ohio police shot him dead in Walmart

Where there's smoke there's fire front: Cosby

More reaction to the smoke.  Another group assume there's a fire burning in Cosbyland.

Spelman College distances itself from Bill Cosby

I wonder if Vegas is making book on how long it will take for Cosby to cop a plea?  Did they offer odds on Clinton's denial being faked?

Is Bush Really Prez?


Obedience

We're taught to obey.  We're rewarded for doing as we're told.  We're punished for disobeying.  Hell, god told Abraham to off his kid and he proceeded to obey.  God was the authority figure and Abraham was just a good old schmuck who did as he was told.

How do government employees become good little Torquemadas?  Here's a piece that starts to answer that question.  Oh, as a kid, when I first encountered the Abraham story I was repulsed.  I guess I totally lack the god gene or found a god not made in man's image.

What makes patriots perpetrators of torture?


Similar folks

As I look at politicians and how the American public at large reacts to them, I've found one pair that elicit the same reaction but are so very, very different.

Hillary Clinton.  How'd you react to that name?  A number of people cringe, think vile thoughts and then mutter any number of gender based obscenities.  Hell it's been that way since the first time they say a picture of her.  She seems to engender a lasting reaction.

Bearing in mind how folks react to Ms. Clinton, let;s say the next one's name-- Ted Cruz.  Double Ditto for reaction.  And triple ditto for how folks respond to his visage.  Make that a quid on the obscenities.  At this point he's suckier that her.  Give him another 10 plus years and he'll be about the same.

God, if both were their respective party's nominees in 2016, it would be a stink-off.  Which do you think would be elected as the least odoriferous?

Gag and Heave Update: Ted Cruz

Ready to make some upchucky cakes?  Well, to get the main need ingredient you have to G&H.  Here comes the G part--Ted Cruz.  Yeah he makes everyone gag.  Now for the H--thinl of him as president!  Puke.

Ted Cruz doesn’t care what you think

Upchuck cakes are the GOP's official snack food.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Batshit Crazy Update: Texas

What can I say, they are an odd lot--

Gun-friendly Texas prepares to roll back ban on open carry of firearms

Sixth Extinction

It's on the way.  Does anyone really give a shit?

Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo

Good Luck Governor McAuliffe, but...

Every Trog in the Old Dominion loves guns, hell they even sleep with them.  Sadly 95% of Virginia's Dems do too.  I fear that the Guv's push may backfire.  The dolts in the legislature may pass a bill removing every state based control.

McAuliffe to unveil gun control measures, including expanded background checks

I would like to see gun control come under city/county administration.  

Arab Splat Continues: Egypt

You can take the Muslim Brotherhood out of power, but you can't rid the people of their loopy Islamic based hate.  Kind of reminds me of our locally grown evangefundies.  Now, if all our frothy faithful moved to Egypt....

Cairo bathhouse raid spreads fear in Egyptian gay community

It's Time for Warren In the White House

Obama has compromised his way into the GOP.  I think he's been given a complimentary membership in the RNC.    His "signature" accomplishment, Obamacare, is really an old Republican health care plan.  Look at this way, he's paved the way for another fine moderate Republican, Hillary Clinton, to run and win in 2016.  Is there any part of our government left for her to sell?  I'm tired of the Demicans and Republicrats.

Elizabeth Warren was told to stay quiet, but she didn’t – and it’s paying off

Didn't another group use doctors to help them win the war?

Yeah they lost, we tried them, but what the hey this is the USA...

CIA report describes medical personnel’s intimate role in harsh interrogations