Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Circus is leaving town and not coming back!!

Ringling Brothers announced that this is their final season and they are shutting down after more than 140 years.

While the circus has lost a lot of appeal to new audiences, the final straw was the removal of the elephants last year. This caused a dramatic drop in attendance. Somewhere, Phineas Taylor Barnum is rolling over in his grave. He started the elephant thing with Jumbo. Of course, Jumbo also lost to technology when he was hit by a train.

Despite winning a lawsuit against the Humane Society and other animal rights activists, the circus could not survive the endless attacks by animal lovers and their friends in government who tried to regulate the circus out of business.

Our society has advanced so much that children are no longer entertained by watching wild animals who have been trained to do tricks. Our children are so accustomed to "virtual reality" and video games that actual reality cannot compete.

Or have we advanced? Now we spend billions of dollars a year to watch humans who have been trained to do tricks. We watch humans try to throw a baseball past a guy trying to hit it with a stick. We watch men skating on ice trying to hit a puck into a net. Of course, that's when they aren't fighting each other. In basketball, a man 7 feet tall is applauded for cramming a basketball through a net that is only 3 feet above his head. WOW!!  In football, we scream when someone kicks a ball between 2 posts. There is thunderous applause when a man takes the football and runs five yards as others try to stop him. In golf, they walk hundreds of yards trying to hit a small ball into a small hole in the ground. That's a waste of acres of good pasture land.

While the Humane Society and the ASPCA raise and spend millions of dollars to end cock fighting and dog fighting, maybe we need a HUMAN Society in this land. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent  every year watching events like boxing, MMA, UFC and other similar events. Crowds attend these live events while others watch on Pay Per View. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent to watch men and now, women beat each other until one can no longer compete. WOW!! We can't bear to watch an elephant stand on its back legs, but watching two guys punch each other until one is unconscious is entertainment??

Maybe we have not advanced?? This is just a modern version of the old gladiators in Rome.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Booker, The CBC, Fox, and other losers

The snow is still with us, but after a period of more than 3 days, the temperature finally rose above freezing. It is supposed to be in the 60's on Friday. WOW!

The Senate confirmation hearings on Jeff Sessions started today. Two protesters dressed in KKK garb showed up at the hearing and were removed. I don't know if you have ever been to the Capitol building, but I have. I am stunned that given all of the security in place in that building, that two guys were able to get in dressed as Klansmen. Really??  Maybe they put a pair of nail clippers into a pocket to distract the guards from the Klan robes? Even if they had been able to get through the security checkpoint into the building and then changed clothes inside the Capitol, were there no guards outside of the hearing room?  This whole thing reeks of an inside job!!

Coming up tomorrow the famed racist Sen. Corey Booker will testify against Sen. Jeff Sessions in his confirmation hearings. Booker purports to question Sessions' approach to race relations. Booker is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. A racist is someone who makes decisions based exclusively on race. The CBC is racist.  This group does not allow any white members. The government funds this group by allowing it to use government facilities and who knows what else. We need to end government support of this racist group. They once refused to allow a white representative to join despite the fact that his constituency was 60% black. This shows that their objective is not to advance the cause of their constituents but instead to advance their own racist agenda. A representative from this group is going to question someone else's approach to civil rights?? You're shitting me, right?

I saw some financial figures from the Presidential election and the popular vote. It seems that Hillary spent a little more than $18.00 per vote. Trump came in at a little more than $9.00. I don't have the numbers, but my inner geek tells me that if we computed the costs of electoral votes, the gap would be even more pronounced. What's the moral of this story, you might ask??  Trump was able to do this and win because "It costs less to tell the truth".

In case you don't actually know me, I love to shop at thrift stores, antique stores, junk shops, auctions, trash piles, etc. I was in a Goodwill store in Greensboro last week. I always look for pictures and picture frames that I can use or resale. So I was looking at the pictures and apparently a huge Barbra Streisand fan had passed away. There were more than a dozen high quality pictures of Streisand. There was one picture of two tickets to Streisand concerts and a couple of guys.  One of the tickets was from 1993. Someone paid $600 per seat to hear Streisand. I was stunned.

There were two other old guys standing there looking at the pictures also and we were discussing the Streisand collection. I mentioned the tickets and said, "I can't believe that in 1993 someone paid $600 a ticket to hear Streisand." One guy said, "I paid $400 to hear Rush in the 1990's." I looked at him and asked "Rush, the band or Rush Limbaugh?". "Limbaugh, of course." came the answer. I paused for a moment, looked at him and said, "Partner, I am so conservative that it should scare you that I am standing here talking to you. I won't push a button on the radio to listen to Limbaugh and that's free!!" I just turned and walked away.

This is what I hate about being a conservative. People think that all of us listen to Limbaugh and watch Fox. I hate watching Fox as much, if not more, than I hate listening to Limbaugh. Fox is schizophrenic. They claim to have the most conservative news, but their regular programming is just swill. Who can watch American Idol without their gag reflex kicking in? There's nothing on Fox's prime time programming that I would even consider watching. Newton Minow was right, television is a "vast wasteland". He said that 55 years ago and Fox is certainly proving him right.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Snow News is Good News??

The first snow of the winter was upon us this weekend. It started Friday evening and continued until Saturday afternoon. Here at home, less than a mile from historic Downtown Casville, we had about 8" of snow. I am not a fan of snow, but that's for another post, another day. The temperature has not been above the freezing mark since Friday evening and was zero degrees this morning.  Thrilled that the temperature will near 40 tomorrow, here are a few thoughts.

At another senseless Hollywood awards ceremony last night Meryl Streep and a couple of other actors took their time in the spotlight to criticize Trump. These are people who make a living pretending to be someone else. Who gives a rat's ass what Meryl Streep thinks??  She's an actor!! This is just another part in a play for her. Is this a remake of "The Idiot"??

Cher claims that every time she sees Trump, she wants to shoot herself. Yet she still lives. What's going on? Do I need to send her a Trump video? Does she need a gun? Has she tried and can't pull it off? WAIT, I KNOW!!  She is shooting herself in the ear and the bullet is just going straight through without damaging anything. That's the way it works in cartoons. Memo to Cher. Honey, call me if you need ammo!

From the "Intelligence" community of the United States government comes the news that the Russians tried to influence the Presidential election by "hacking". They purport that the Russians tried to illegally influence the election by hacking the  computer system of the Democratic Party, who it turns out were also trying to illegally influence the Presidential election. While the FBI claims that the Russkies hacked the computer system of the Socialists (Democrats), there is no evidence that the FBI has actually examined the computer system of the Democrats. This from the same law enforcement group that brought us Waco and Ruby Ridge??

Meanwhile, back at the White House, Obama is trying to get his golf wardrobe packed before January 20. He took enough time out from packing to express outrage at the Russians and boot a few out of the country. Obama claims that Putin made the decision to engage in the hacking. Interesting that Putin is responsible for everything that happens in Russia, but Obama denies any responsibility for everything that happens here?

In his rant about the Russians, Obama sounded like he was the last virgin out of Pompeii. He complained about the Russians trying to undermine a democratically elected government. Like we have never done that?  In 1952, the CIA engineered a coup in Iran that overthrew the democratically elected leader and replaced him with the Shah. How about all of the plots to kill Castro? What about the Bay of Pigs operation? Noriega in Panama?? Iraq?? South Viet Nam? The list goes on.

If we do have evidence that the Russians intentionally hacked the election process, it is because we are spying on them just like they spy on us. Our intelligence agencies are all part of the "black budget" where we spend billions of dollars a year without explanation to the voters and the taxpayers. When the folks at the NSA and other agencies tire of spying on American citizens in their home country, they check out what is going on in the rest of the world. It is way past time for reform in this department.

At the end of the day, regardless of who hacked whom, the Democrats in the Democratic National Committee conspired to see that Hillary Clinton was their nominee. No one, even Obama, denies this. No one talks about this fact. They are all too busy trying to blame the Russians. It is all just a scam to distract Americans from the real issue, the Democrats rigged their primaries so Hillary could win.

Well, I guess that released a little pent up anger. I will try to post again before the anger and disgust reaches this point again. HA! HA!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday, Thursday??

I don't understand Black Friday. But Black Friday is low on my list of things that I don't understand.

Let's start with Daylight Saving Time. How does one "save" daylight? If you want to get off work an hour earlier in the summer, why not work out a deal with your employer to go in to work an hour earlier? Why do we all have to go through it?

Monday holidays? When I grew up Memorial Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's Birthday, and Columbus Day were all on certain dates. Now they are all on a Monday. It doesn't really matter, most people can't tell you why any of those days are celebrated anyway.

Now for Black Friday. Driven by the need to help China produce and sell goods, the retail powers have moved Black Friday to Thursday. Really?? First, this messes up the holiday for retail workers. Second, it affects businesses such as restaurants, that have traditionally enjoyed busy days on Black Friday. Nobody is out now on Friday. They were up late on "Black Friday Thursday", now they are sleeping late.

Maybe some large retailer will have the guts to break from the pack on Black Friday. What if just one large retailer starts advertising "Black Friday on Friday"? They could tell their customers to enjoy the holiday, visit with family and friends, and then come to the store at 7:00 AM on Friday.

The sad thing about all of these people whipping themselves into a frenzy about "Black Thursday Friday" is that there will still be plenty of sales before Christmas. Retailers want to sell it ALL by Christmas. If you don't buy it on "Black whatever Day", it will be on sale again before Christmas. You won't have to wait in line to buy it.

What did I do about this? I voted with my feet. First, I did not leave the house on Thanksgiving Day. Then today, I left the house at 7:30 to go to Lowes to pick up a new toilet fill valve and to see what they had on sale. When I got there, they had free donuts and coffee. I bought my $10 fill valve and then another $260 in Black Friday deals. I rewarded Lowes for being closed on the holiday. Thanks, guys!!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Greedy Stupid Lawyer

This just in !!!!

When you thought that it just couldn't get any worse, you find out that you are wrong.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, attorney Paul Newton Jr. is suing Popeye's because they did not include a plastic knife in his dinner box. According to his lawsuit, Mr. Newton was then forced to eat the chicken by picking it up and biting into it. He choked on the chicken and needed emergency surgery. Does he not know that you are supposed to chew your food? Can you trust a guy this stupid with a plastic knife? What if he slashes his wrists? 

First, this guy takes any idea that lawyers are greedy and stupid to heights never seen before. Billions of times a year, people pick up a piece of fried chicken and eat it. A small child can do this and millions do everyday. Ever seen a kid with a chicken leg??  Apparently, Mr. Newton lacks the physical skills to pull this off. Where did this guy learn to eat? Does he bite a banana or just shove it down his throat? Watching him wrestle corn on the cob must be some kind of family fun fest.

Second, this guy has no pride, no ethics, no brains. Who will be his next target? Will Krispy Kreme have to include knives and forks with donuts?? Will Baskin-Robbins have to give you a spoon with your cone?? Will pizzas come with steak knives and forks?

This guy should be barred from any event where "finger food" is being served. He should not be allowed to buy potato chips or Fritos. I would suggest that he become a vegetarian, but he would probably sue me when he chokes on a corn cob. How does this moron eat a sandwich?

The court should dismiss this suit based on the fact that Mr. Newton is obviously mentally incompetent and move to have him disbarred.

Who wants this guy as their lawyer??

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Is Huma Abedin a Saudi spy??

While you are waiting for game 7 to start in the World Series, here are a few points to ponder.

There are reports that Huma Abedin had 650,000 emails on the computer she shared with her pervert husband. Who has 650,000 emails archived and forgets about it??  Huma claims that she does not know how they ended up on a laptop in her home that she claims belongs to her estranged (or just strange) husband.

An even better question is, Why does anyone have that many e-mails archived? Are they all about Chelsea Clinton and yoga lessons?? Are they all updates from Hillary about her granddaughter?

I am not much of a conspiracy theorist, I still think that Oswald killed Kennedy. Huma Abedin was an intern at the White House working for the First Lady, Hillary. She was with Hillary at the State Department and has been her assistant during the Presidential campaign. Her wedding to the Weiner King was officiated by Bill Clinton, former President. he has been a close member of Clinton's staff for twenty years.She has enjoyed access to the highest levels of American government.

Is Huma Abedin a Saudi spy??  If not, why is she archiving a mountain of Hillary's e-mails?? Look at her career path. This is how the most successful spies have worked throughout history. They work their way into the system. Maybe Weiner knows if she is a spy. I would hate to be him. He is likely to kill himself or die in a freak accident any day now.

Turn on the news and watch as Hillary, woman of compassion, throws Huma Abedin under the bus. Maybe those 650,000 e-mails were Huma's life insurance policy??

You heard it here first!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

"Fact Checkers" = Pure B.S.

The most overused phrase in the media this year is "Fact Check".  The networks are all "fact checking" some one's statement. Newspapers are telling us that they "fact checked" Trump's words. I don't see many headlines where Hillary is "fact checked".

Let's be honest here. I think that media "fact checking" is just crap. Since I am pretty sure that all of the fact checkers make extensive use of the Internet, let's start there. I will bet that there are days that Al Gore wishes that he had never invented the Internet. I am just going to look at Google and Yahoo search engine results. I searched a few phrases that seem to be popular.

I am going to list the phrase searched and the number of items available on each search engine.

Phrase                                                              Yahoo                               Google
Hillary Clinton + Benghazi Attack                     1,840,000                       492,000
Donald Trump + women                                    22,700,000                      221,000,000
Donald Trump  + nuclear weapons                    4,300,000                        1,670,000
Hillary Clinton + nuclear Weapons                    2,120,000                        1,650,00
Hillary Clinton + lesbian                                    4,640,000                        719,000
Donald Trump + homosexual                             1,510,000                        1,420,000

A quick look at these stats tells me two things. First, if you are going to research these subjects, you can not possibly examine "ALL" of the facts available. You can't even examine all of the information available online. This doesn't even  include those things that the old guys among us like to use, books. Second, apparently there is much more data on Trump and women than there is about Trump and nuclear weapons. I guess that we all have our priorities.

So are fact checkers actually checking all of the facts? NO!! They are examining only a small portion of the information available. The problem is that on the Internet, there are probably a million results that can all be traced back to one statement. Then the question to ask is "How credible is this source?" Here's the harsh reality about "fact checkers". They will find the facts that substantiate their point of view and stop. Every "fact checker" has an objective and a time limit.

My only hope is that on November 9, the phrase "fact checker" disappears from use.