Saturday, September 26, 2015

Lady Ooops

Oops,

Just when you thought the e-mail story couldn’t get worse for Hillary Clinton …

Ooops again,

NSA Director: Private server open to spying

Ooops again, again,

Officials: More work emails from Clinton’s private account

Ooops, again, again, again,

State discovers hundreds more Clinton e-mails for release to Benghazi panel

Pope

One would think the nation is 100% very devout Catholic from the cable news coverage of the Pope's visit to Cuba and the U.S.  Granted, it's easier to cover--costs less and the palaver is 100% pablum.  At least Al Jazeera did not do wall to wall coverage of the pope.  The coverage has been and continues to be excessive.    

I doubt the Pope's presence will change anyone or anything at all.  People take a moment to reflect on the their lives as the Pope wanders through.  They recognize their personal failings.  Then as the Pope passes on, each person resumes their quite non-Christian but successful life.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

More VW and others

VW is a company that cheats.  They cheat to increase profit.  At least no one died from shitty mileage unlike GM and others whose business practices kill customers.  (We're kind of stupid aren't we, we keep buying shit and keep believing it's Shinola from the same companies, amazing).  As I have thought about VW, I wondered, is there any large company that I trust?  I could not name one.  Can you?

Volkswagen Test Rigging Follows a Long Auto Industry Pattern

Coming Soon

The Daily Show will be back soon.  Trevor Noah takes Stewart's chair.  Will it be good, bad or indifferent?  We'll have to wait and see.  Even if it's not that great, it will be watched, after all there is a presidential race to cover.

Larry Wilmore has done a decent job replacing Colbert's show.  He's getting into his groove now with more hits than misses.  Mr. Noah you're on:

Trevor Noah on His ‘Daily Show’ Plans and Jon Stewart’s Advice

Asshole Update: Ben Carson Edition

Give this a read and tell me if  you agree with me, Ben Carson is an asshole.

How Ben Carson felt when he fell victim to stereotyping

National Mall

The Mall is public.  The events that occur on the Mall are public.  Congress, through the Park Service, is now trying to create a new way to fund the Mall, via private music events.  This is wrong.
Write your Congressman.

One concert today and tomorrow, well, how much would you pay for a ticket to an inauguration at the Capitol or go to a national museum?  The rich have own and operate Congress and the White House.  Now our obsequious incumbents starting to sell off the Mall to their fiscal masters.  Do you want the Mall to become one more playground for the rich?

A music festival holds part of the Mall for big-dollar attendees. Is that okay?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ben Carson Does Make a Religious Test for Prez

Since his blabbery on Meet the Press this Sunday, Ben has been back tracking, blaming his words on anyone but himself.
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Here's his horseshit for today--

The retired neurosurgeon said his initial comments — which came during an interview that aired Monday on NBC's "Meet the press" — were not about Muslims broadly but about radical Islam and religious radicals of other faiths. “It’s on the record on NBC. On 'Meet the Press.' Did anyone pick up on that? Of course not, because that wasn’t the juicy story,” Carson told reporters.


THIS IS THE PART OF THE INTERVIEW THAT BROUGHT UP ISLAM AND THE PREZ.

CHUCK TODD:
Let me wrap this up by finally dealing with what's been going on, Donald Trump, and a deal with a questioner that claimed that the president was Muslim. Let me ask you the question this way: Should a President's faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?
DR. BEN CARSON:
Well, I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it's inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, no problem.
CHUCK TODD:
So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the constitution?
DR. BEN CARSON:
No, I don't, I do not.
CHUCK TODD:
So you--
DR. BEN CARSON:
I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.
CHUCK TODD:
And would you ever consider voting for a Muslim for Congress?
DR. BEN CARSON:
Congress is a different story, but it depends on who that Muslim is and what their policies are, just as it depends on what anybody else says, you know. And, you know, if there's somebody who's of any faith, but they say things, and their life has been consistent with things that will elevate this nation and make it possible for everybody to succeed, and bring peace and harmony, then I'm with them.
CHUCK TODD:
And I take it you believe the president was born in the United States and is a Christian?
DR. BEN CARSON:
I believe that he is. I have no reason to doubt what he says.
CHUCK TODD:
All right, Dr. Carson I will leave it there, I look forward to speaking with you again soon.

Uh, it was BROADLY ABOUT MUSLIMS, NOT JUST RADICALS,CARSON SAID THEY ARE NOT IN SYNC WITH THE CONSTITUTION.  Mr. Carson may be a dandy surgeon but he does not know much about the U.S. Constitiution.  This is not a First Amendment matter.  It is about Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.


The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

His language suggests that we have to examine each candidates faith to insure that it is within the realm of America, etc., etc,.  In other words, faith vetting becomes a requirement.  The guy needs to bag his race for being Number  1.


Recommendation

If you run into a guy named Martin Shkreli anywhere in the world make sure you do something to make his life a bit less than pleasant-- for the rest of his life.  Spit in his food, deflate his tires, spill coffee on him.  Be creative but make his life a living hell.  Shame and shun the greedy fucker.  And while we're at pick up the names of the other assholes who are doing the same thing as Martin on other drugs.  Make them pay small costs every day in every way possible.

Drug Goes From $13.50 a Tablet to $750, Overnight

Annals of Greed: Stupidity Division Award

Usually the award goes to an American car company, but this year the "Exploding Pinto" goes to VW!

Volkswagen Says 11 Million Cars Are Affected in Diesel Deception; Sets Aside $7.3 Billion

Gee is this how VW improves shareholder value?

The Wrath of Volkswagen’s Drivers

If Christie Were Commander in Chief

Okay, if the guy was Prez and ran the Army, do you think he'd provide the nation with a lean, mean fighting machine?  Well, he has run the NJ National Guard.

Inside Chris Christie’s militia, flab and cronyism trigger mutiny in the ranks

MSNBC

For all of NBC's hoopla about making MSNBC into a news channel instead a Democrat Party echo chamber, I have to wonder why they bother with Brian Williams?  He makes shit up so he'd have been great on MSNBC if they hadn't bagged all the Dem soundboard shows.  Today he's just an iffy news reader.   But real news?  Nah!

Come on, MSNBC is not going to amount to much at all.  Real news costs money and no one is willing to spend it as long as shareholders are NBC's most important audience.  If you want real news, then you need a privately held company.  I wonder if Ted Turner would like to buy MSNBC and build a new CNN?

Two Down, How Many To Go?

Rick, Ooops, Perry bagged his run for the lease on Air Force One a couple of weeks ago.  No one would donate cash to his campaign.  He couldn't keep paying his bills.  No paid staff, no campaign even if you look real smart.  I guess GOP donors only give to SuperPacs.

Now Scott Walker has said toodles to the chance of four years of "free" grub in the White House Mess.  It's nice to see him tank early.  I never understood how he was elected three times in Wisconsin, but he is the people's choice (that is, the choice of the people who vote and vote for him).

Will we see any shift in the polls?  I doubt it.  He didn't have that much support left for someone else to pick up.  To the rest of the field, well those who aren't going to amount to squat, drop out now.  Gilmore, Pataki, Jindal, Graham, Paul and Christie should leave the race.  They cannot win their party's nomination much less beat any Democrat who is that party's candidate.

So as we move towards Iowa and New Hampshire, who will we see as the realistic top two from which one will be the nominee.  Right now I think it will be between Florina and Rubio.  Carson won't be able to duck his religious test for Prez mess.  Trump will slowly fade as voters begin to matter--policy  beats trust me bullshit.  Jeb! well, let's put it this way, the Trog voters don't want another Clinton and even they don't want another Bush.  Cruz and Huckabee will persist but they are only in the race to build their personal brand.  Huckabee will go back to FOX and Cruz will never have to worry about a Texas election ever again.

Oh, the two way may become three way if Kasich pulls off a miracle or if Fiorina or Rubio say or do something real stupid.  There you go, my predictions.  They're good for at least 24 hours.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Afghanistan

I am not really sure why we invaded Afghanistan, much less, what we accomplished with the invasion.  About all we've done is abet the misogyny and pederasty of the Afghan people.  There are some cultures not worth sharing, Afghan culture is one.

U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies


Secret Service Aces Strike Again

We have a tad too much imperial in our presidency.

Secret Service apologizes for moving cancer patients

The President's men know that many violent crimes have been committed by child cancer patients and their parents across this land and especially near the White House.  The Secret Service probably had to check for explosives they feared were secreted in the park by the sick kids.

It's horseshit.  I'm of a mind that if the kids had the park from 7-9, then Obama could either risked "danger" by motoring with the cancer kids in the park or he could have sat on his ass until their permit expired and then motored off to whatever.

Headlines That Catch One's Eye

Here's one that caught me today, Are guns in church a good idea?

If one is a theist and feels compelled to gather with other like minded folks on a particular day, at a particular time in a particular building and yet feels uncertain about the sanity of everyone in attendance, then guns in church might be a somewhat less than stellar idea.

However, if one tends to think that the world would be a better place without the glut of the devout, then one should pack the pews with packers.  Would Jesus have turned the other cheek if he a Smith & Wesson .44 magnum?  Imagine what an AK-47 could have done to the money changers in the Temple.  Get packing and redress those clestial and terrestrial grievances in church of one's choice.  Now if we can the Jews and Muslims to carry too...

The Past 70 Years

70 achievements, 70 years: a visual guide to what the UN has done

Donald Trump, The Best Candidate for Prez in 1988

America great again?  That implies we're much less than great right now.  Are we?  Is Trump right or is he stuck in a past of his own rhetoric?

Dear Donald Trump: China, Japan and Mexico are not “killing us”

9-9-9 Memories

Ah, Herman Cain, you were so much fun.  Why aren't you running this time? We could all use a laugh.  Oh, we don't need Hermiepoo.   No, we have Bennie.  Yep.  He's a political joke and it's on the GOP.  Nice.

Despite backlash, Ben Carson is not backing down from his opposition to a Muslim president

Let's see who else should be exclude maybe Catholics?  Oh we tried that.  Maybe Mormons?  Nah, remember the Mittster?  Blacks?  Well, we did until that O'Bama guy was elected.  I have it!  We should not allow neurosurgeons to be Prez.  Sounds good to me, how about you?

New Confederacy Of Dunces: North Carolina Tarbrains

The proper collective noun for Southerners is "dullness."  It is used as in "a dullness of Arkansans"  or "a dullness of Tennesseans."  When one seeks events that demonstrate the collective noun's appropriateness, as well as illustrating its accuracy, one usually turns to current events in South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, or Alabama.  However, this time the dullardometer has registered a new depth of intellectual vacuity in North Carolina, the Tarbrain State.  Legislators in NC, and throughout the South, may need their own collective noun, perhaps a dotty of NC legislators passed the law that yielded...

a prosecution of a teenage couple for making child porn (selfies) — of themselves


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Who Are The Strumpettes

Strumpettes are the supporters of America's Blowhard, Trump. Basically, they are the children of those people who left the Democratic Party back in the late 60s after LBJ pissed them off with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. The bulk of them are now in their 40-60s. They have become their parents--white, H.S. or less education, with incomes under $50,000. They are the majority in the New Confederacy--they vote in general elections, but usually avoid primaries. Will that change this time around? Will the batshit crazies have competition in nominating the next GOP loon?

Annals of Greed: The People Who Manage Pharmaceutical Companies

A Huge Overnight Increase in a Drug’s Price Raises Protests

Friends?

What does the word "friend" mean these days?  What did it used to mean?  What does it mean when a blowhard like Trump says ‘I have friends that are Muslims’?  If Trump behaves in private as he does in public, even with money can he have one friend?  If his public persona (face?) is him, then I bet his friends are keenly aware of his "really huge" bank balance.  

Muslims and the Presidency

Ben Carson must not support the U.S. Constitution--

From Article 6:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Mr. Carson says: Muslim shouldn’t be president.

I wonder what other parts of the Constitution Mr. Carson would trash?  He's a GOP candidate for their party's nomination.  Oh, forgot, the leader is The Donald.