Thursday, December 15, 2016

North Caroline State Legislature re-writes the State Constitution in secret meeting

I'm not sure what is going on in North Carolina.

The Governor Elect is a Democrat. The Legislature is a strong Republican majority. The Legislature is holding illegal meetings and has ejected the press and all spectators.

Rumors fly. Alledgedly, the incoming Governor is being stripped of all Constitutional powers and the State Supreme cases stopped.

So the Supreme Court still exists but the Legislature will prevent any cases being heard.

Rebellion.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Twinkies, Management fiasco or Labor Union Greed?

Some short time ago, 4 years, Twinkies faced extinction.

Management, investors, and the Market blamed greedy labor unions. The bankruptcy judge sold the company for roughly $400 million dollars.

Cheap.

Two bidders snapped up the company and recently sold their shares. Combined, they got a "return of about $1 billion on an initial equity investment of about $185 million." Those numbers come from the New York Times.

Now, I'm saying Bullshit on the management, investors, and Market analysis. No, labor did not kill the Twinkie in 2013. Bad management killed it.

Two companies turned less than $200 million into $1 billion in less than 4 years baking flour, sugar, water, eggs, whey and salt.

Wait! There's more. Here's another analysis of the deal with a creamy inner filling.

"Nowhere was it sweeter, perhaps, than at the investment firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos, which spent $186 million in cash to buy some Hostess bakeries and brands in early 2013.

Less than four years later, they sold the company in a deal that valued Hostess at $2.3 billion. Apollo and Metropoulos have reaped a return totaling 13 times their original cash investment."

So what did it take to do all that billions and billions in business?

"There continues to be strong demand for these products in the marketplace, and we feel we can capitalize on that with some fresh new marketing ideas and some more consistent sales efforts."

Some one sold the business way short of its value and cried crocodile tears as they cashed in some bonus checks, separation payments, and secret insider trading profits.

It's that Capitalism thing. "I got mine. You get yours. Let the Devil take the rest."

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Russia owned the U. S. Presidential Election. Trump agrees it was hacked in his favor.

"Mr. Trump casts the issue as an unknowable mystery. “It could be Russia,” he recently told Time magazine. “And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”

But somebody did it. Just not me and Putin.

From here. Maybe Russia, China, or that Christi guy's basement.

"Mr. Trump in effect declared war on the intelligence agencies in a statement issued by his transition team on Friday evening. 'These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.'"

"'We cannot allow foreign governments to interfere in our democracy,' Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican "

"Representative Devin Nunes, a California Republican, said on Friday that he had no doubt about Russia’s culpability."

Why should we care? Why should we be surprised? Trump said elections were rigged. He meant it. He proved it.

Source

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

See the future?

A soldier walks into a bar. He's off duty, wants a drink, but doesn't want the company of his War buddies. He wanders into the local bar normally shunned by warriors. He expected privacy and deferential treatment from the locals.

In the middle of his first drink, some one speaks to him, 'I can tell the future.'

Without looking, he says, 'No one can tell the future. Especially someone like you.'

'Oh but it can be done. Has been done. Once to a guy like you.'

The soldier turns and looks at the speaker. Nothing remarkable about the little man. Yesterday's clothing style. Collar frayed at the corners. The shirt clean but a dingy look as if some old food stain added to the darker shadows.

'You think I'm going to buy you a drink after you tell my fortune. Is that your deal? Buzz off. No one has ever been told their future.'

'Oh,' the little man replied. 'It has only been done once before. To someone like you. Younger than you now. He had two possible futures. In one, he could be a farmer, have children, even grand children. He would die happy as an old man in his bed.'

'Or, he could give in to his ambitions to be famous. Become a soldier, then a General, a great leader of men.'

'But, if he became a soldier, his country would follow his example. More and more men with ambition would try to become rich and famous as soldiers. To do that, they would need wars. Small ones. Easy to win. Little chance of dying.'

'That would work for his country. For a while. Then, the country would be hated as the oppressor is always hated. The wars would get bigger and last longer. Eventually, all the country's natural resources would be used up. Then, the wars would become occupations. War for resources.'

'The country, and all it's people, would become hollow, empty. Like you right now.'

The soldier finished his drink. Stood up. Paid. Looked at the little man. 'There ain't never been a man like that.' He looked at the little man for the last time and walked out.

The little man slid into the soldier's seat and picked up the drink glass. With a finger, he wiped inside the glass. Then, he sucked on the finger to get the last of the alcohol.

Looking at the glass, the little man said, 'Yes, there was such a man. His name was George Washington.'

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Putin Grabs Trump by the Pussy

I'd love to write a few headlines for Fox. I could do Trump grabs pussy by the Putin in all caps. I'm that talented.

However, my content sucks and it takes content to produce journalism worthy of respect and trust.

Now comes this story, a story about how America was fooled by Russian propaganda and elected Donald Fuck you All Trump as president.

“It was like Russia was running a super PAC for Trump’s campaign. . . . It worked.”

"The findings about the mechanics of Russian propaganda operations largely track previous research by the Rand Corp. and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs."

“It’s starting to undermine our democratic system.”

“For them, it’s actually a real war, an ideological war, this clash between two systems.”

They were truly Bernie or Bust. NOT~

Putin Grabs Trump by the Pussy

I'd love to write a few headlines for Fox. I could do Trump grabs pussy by the Putin in all caps. I'm that talented.

However, my content sucks and it takes content to produce journalism worthy of respect and trust.

Now comes this story, a story about how America was fooled by Russian propaganda and elected Donald Fuck you All Trump as president.

“It was like Russia was running a super PAC for Trump’s campaign. . . . It worked.”

"The findings about the mechanics of Russian propaganda operations largely track previous research by the Rand Corp. and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs."

“It’s starting to undermine our democratic system.”

“For them, it’s actually a real war, an ideological war, this clash between two systems.”

They were truly Bernie or Bust. NOT~

Monday, November 21, 2016

Pence's night out

Oh, the Elitism of saying the Theater is a safe haven. I don't consider the theater equal to a church, a hospital, or a shelter for battered women.

But, if we must discuss the theater in terms of safe havens, let it come after we have safe havens for those without the price of admission to a Broadway show.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Trumps leaked email

Well, the Hillary emails were not leaked. They were hacked. Trumps remained secret. So what next in the email scandals to be?

Trump says he's not going to live in the White House. Hmmm.

So, if he doesn't live in the White House, how will he get his emails?

Why I vote Democratic

As a Georgia voter trapped in Hall County, I vote as much a Democratic ticket as possible. Why? Some influence from my mother while watching Nixon/Kennedy debate. She said something like, "We're Democrats because we're poor people. Democrats are for the poor people.' That would be the very start.

Not done. The Democratic Party maintained an office/store front one block from our home. When I walked by, I always read the Kennedy 'Ask not' quote. More reinforcement. Then, always more news on that President until I associated even the Presidential seal as being Kennedy's seal, not a seal of office. Remember I turned 5 in 1960.

The 1963 assassination fixed Kennedy and the Democrats as being the only choice. I had a fist fight with my best friend in 1964 over the Goldwater/Johnson election.

Then, the war, the protests, drugs, and hippies moved me towards my father's world view. By 1972, I voted Republican in my first secret ballot.

By 1980, after taking a few college courses, watching Nixon's treason followed by Ford's pardon, and my first real world job working with a group of men/mechanics, members of the Teamsters Union, I had voted for Carter and found nothing but terror in that actor from Hollywood.

After Reagan, I became a solid Democrat for economic reasons, an ever increasing awareness of my social obligations as a humble member of the working class.

By 1990, I knew my place in the world. I had grown up as a son of a disabled Korean War veteran and the oldest male child of four children. My parents had been forced to feed me with food stamps and the free cheese package. At my birth, we lived in public housing. Later, in a shoddy home bought through the VA programs, bill collectors hounded us on Saturday mornings. Once, we had our power cut off while my parents were at work. A wonderful way to act. As teenager, even the money I made in odd jobs went towards emergency bills.

So I knew by 1986 that I would never be an uncouth member of the newly rich shunned by old money.

So I vote for the Party of social programs like food stamps, public housing, rent control, a mild pro-union attitude, Medicare, Medicaid, free public schooling, that Old Age program called Social Security, and the ghosts of the elder Kennedy sons, Jack and Bobby, and my mother's ghost, watching a black and white TV telling me in a Kenndy like speech, 'Democrats are for the poor people, not poor in spirit, nor poor in family, nor even poor in wealth. But poor through exclusion by a system often if not always tilted towards wealth and the many types of power passing sometimes as leadership.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Random thoughs

Veterans Day

Why is my coffee getting cold?

Wife, You made it on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Democracy measured in America, 2016

In 1971, Howard Zinn measured our government against the harshest of all standards, the ideal of Democracy. Against any ideal standard, man's achievements, measured in 1971 or 2016, although worthy of praise, fall short of ideal.

Zinn measured our shortages against 10 categories. As we close Election Day 2016, perhaps the most trivial election of our lifetimes and also the most important as is every election, Zinn's mythical 10, or at least three of them deserve another measurement, access to the ballot, freedom of individuality, and the opportunity to protest. Like Zinn, I choose to test my 3 against the ideals, not just the present versus the past, nor a scale of good, better, and best.

Zinn's 1971 opinion found the ballot, or political activity in general, favored the weathy, as measured in health, social-economic status, and education. I agree in 2016 with Zinn. Given the amounts of money needed to place a name or an issue on a ballot, the our election process differs little from a dictatorship. The sick need not apply to democratic methods just as the Irish were told. The corporate person, the highest social-economic status, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to willing political actors. And, the least educated suffer under a crushing burden of misinformation and information overload without a trained mind.

Voters, in Zinn's time, like today's voters, faced voter suppression efforts.The 1966 state poll taxes being similar to the 2016 purchase of a state validated voter ID card or photo ID. The white men under the white hoods, openly racist in the 1960's, resemble today's open carry thugs patrolling political rallies as self appointed 'candidate security.' I offer no Zinn equivalent to the 21st Century closing of inner city polling locations for budgetary reasons. The US electoral system denies a right to vote, freedom to vote, and perhaps a place to vote. There is no Democracy in that.

By measuring the present versus the past, freedom of individuality, measured by a woman's access to birth control without a husband's consent, the availability of same sex marriage, or discrimination against minorities in housing and employment, grew larger since Zinn's time. Yet, some call to end immigration, shout for the building of walls, and cry for mass expulsions based on religious beliefs. There is no democracy in that.

Just prior to Zinn's time, Chicago's Democratic Convention protesters found themselves beaten by police, four college students in Ohio were shot to death by the National Guard seeking to end campus protests, and the nation saw pictures of Martin Luther King dead on a Memphis balcony.

This week, pipeline protesters in at Standing Rock, ND, were assaulted with noise cannons and rubber bullets by enforcers wearing riot gear supported by military vehicles. The city of Miami, in preparation for FTAA protests, developed what is called, the Miami Model, based on City of Miami Ordinance 54-6.1,included a ban of 8 people meeting in public, and defining a parade as two or more people, and a ban on weapons, a 2nd Amendment right. All the signs of a democracy under challenge or the actions of dictatorship.

We must choose, in 2016 and beyond, a striving towards ideals and the path of pragmatism. Elections must have a time, a place, and faithful rules for access. The route to Individualism needs a Main street, many side roads, and the safety of reflective pastures to nurture and advance. The protests of one against many or the many against one requires the willingness and cooperation of more than one side without the government enforced passivity similar to slavery.

America fails my measurements and standards for Democracy. The 2016, in ways, a referendum on emails and vulgarity, tests whether the willingness or ability exists, in my time and yours, to seek more than trivial issues in deciding a Presidential Election.

Democracy measured in American, 2016

In 1971, Howard Zinn measured our government against the harshest of all standards, the ideal of Democracy. Against any ideal standard, man's achievements, measured in 1971 or 2016, although worthy of praise, fall short of ideal.

Zinn measured our shortages against 10 categories. As we close Election Day 2016, perhaps the most trivial election of our lifetimes and also the most important as is every election, Zinn's mythical 10, or at least three of them deserve another measurement, access to the ballot, freedom of individuality, and the opportunity to protest. Like Zinn, I choose to test my 3 against the ideals, not just the present versus the past, nor a scale of good, better, and best.

Zinn's 1971 opinion found the ballot, or political activity in general, favored the weathy, as measured in health, social-economic status, and education. I agree in 2016 with Zinn. Given the amounts of money needed to place a name or an issue on a ballot, the our election process differs little from a dictatorship. The sick need not apply to democratic methods just as the Irish were told. The corporate person, the highest social-economic status, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to willing political actors. And, the least educated suffer under a crushing burden of misinformation and information overload without a trained mind.

Voters, in Zinn's time, like today's voters, faced voter suppression efforts.The 1966 state poll taxes being similar to the 2016 purchase of a state validated voter ID card or photo ID. The white men under the white hoods, openly racist in the 1960's, resemble today's open carry thugs patrolling political rallies as self appointed 'candidate security.' I offer no Zinn equivalent to the 21st Century closing of inner city polling locations for budgetary reasons. The US electoral system denies a right to vote, freedom to vote, and perhaps a place to vote. There is no Democracy in that.

By measuring the present versus the past, freedom of individuality, measured by a woman's access to birth control without a husband's consent, the availability of same sex marriage, or discrimination against minorities in housing and employment, grew larger since Zinn's time. Yet, some call to end immigration, shout for the building of walls, and cry for mass expulsions based on religious beliefs. There is no democracy in that.

Just prior to Zinn's time, Chicago's Democratic Convention protesters found themselves beaten by police, four college students in Ohio were shot to death by the National Guard seeking to end campus protests, and the nation saw pictures of Martin Luther King dead on a Memphis balcony.

This week, pipeline protesters in at Standing Rock, ND, were assaulted with noise cannons and rubber bullets by enforcers wearing riot gear supported by military vehicles. The city of Miami, in preparation for FTAA protests, developed what is called, the Miami Model, based on City of Miami Ordinance 54-6.1,included a ban of 8 people meeting in public, and defining a parade as two or more people, and a ban on weapons, a 2nd Amendment right. All the signs of a democracy under challenge or the actions of dictatorship.

We must choose, in 2016 and beyond, a striving towards ideals and the path of pragmatism. Elections must have a time, a place, and faithful rules for access. The route to Individualism needs a Main street, many side roads, and the safety of reflective pastures to nurture and advance. The protests of one against many or the many against one requires the willingness and cooperation of more than one side without the government enforced passivity similar to slavery.

America fails my measurements and standards for Democracy. The 2016, in ways, a referendum on emails and vulgarity, tests whether the willingness or ability exists, in my time and yours, to seek more than trivial issues in deciding a Presidential Election.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ashley Bell and Donald Trump

An open letter to Ashley Bell,

Mr. Bell,

I hope your family and friends are doing well. With so much danger in our country today from Mother Nature, I still had a moment to think of you working for Donald Trump.

You are still whoring yourself to the Donald this evening? Right? I've heard nothing about your resignation.

So break it down for your 'brothers and sisters' as you have called them so many times.

Trump is the right man ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Racism in Georgia, Stats borrowed from the Boston Globe

First, some credit to the Boston Globe for presenting Norcross, Georgia in the proper light which is not so white anymore. Only the Irish can relate to being white and a second class minority, eh?

One little fact really needs to be examined in terms of racism, second class citizens, and perceptions. I'll quote the whole paragraph.

Four counties in Georgia signed up for a program that allows local police and sheriffs to check the immigration status of any person charged with a crime, including Gwinnett County, where Norcross is located. Those four places deported more than 1,300 illegal immigrants using the program in the last year, according to federal statistics.

Doesn't mean very much with a first reading, buried in all the other angst of being old, white, and Southern.

So four counties in Georgia, one of them Gwinnett with a population of 1,000,000, deported 1,300 illegal immigrants last year.

I know the names of the 3 other counties, their demographics, or population. My population estimate for Gwinnett, based on the 2010 Census of 859,000, of 1 million might be too low after 6 years. Another county, Cobb had a population of 717,000 in 2010. Whitfield adds 102,000. And, my current county of residence, Hall, had a population of 187,000 back in 2010. So maybe the 4 counties have a total population of 2 million.

Only 1,300 illegals were rounded up and deported out of those 2 million last year. That's 0.00065% of the population.

Again, the police could only find 0.00065% of the entire populations of four counties living, well, in sin, if being undocumented is a sin in the South.

So what the frack does it cost? Homeland Security spent $64,000,000 ($64 million) in 2010 to collect all the 287g prisoners. Only Trump knows what Homeland spent last year for 287g. I'm estimating $150,000,000 ($150 million) as spending increased over 26% in each year of the program. Actually 300% in the first two years. None of their spending goes directly to counties like Gwinnett or Hall.

It's been estimated that it costs a jurisdiction a million dollars a year to run a 287g program. " Mecklenburg County, NC, spent an estimated $5.3 million to set up and operate the 287(g) program in its first year." That information comes from theMigration Policy Institute. Their data came from Homeland Security and local jurisdictions like county sheriffs.

I didn't make up any of those numbers.

So I'm ringing up some of the numbers:

4 Georgia counties spending a cool million each equals $4 million in local spending
Homeland Security spending $150 million a year to run 70 programs equals $2 million each program

So, 4 local Georgia jurisdictions get over $8 million in support from the Feds and spend $4 million of local property taxes to collect 1,400 illegals. So, $12 million divided by 1,400 or is it 1,400 divided by $12 million means about $9,000 per illegal. Not too bad? Great program.

Only, not so much. All 1,400 illegals were already in jail.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Colin won't stand for it any more.

I should write a nice letter to the editor on this subject. It offends everyone and no one all at the same time which makes it perfect material for the backwoods dog beater.

Colin Kaepernick picked a fight and did a great job of it. 'My hat's off to him.' He picked a losing battle and stood on Sun Tzu's 'Dying Ground' when he sat down for his country's national anthem.

Was it an act of Civil Disobedience? No. For that to work, he'd have to face legal consequences for breaking the unfair and unjust law forcing people to stand during the national anthem at football games.

No such law; therefore, no way to break it.

He did violate social convention in the nearly sacred Red Neck Church of Pigskin. Now that takes some guts.

It takes something like he did to focus attention on social issues. We do have bodies laying in the streets. We have locked up kids as felons for smoking pot. We sell kids into private prisons. Yet, we have given Wall Street the keys to our national economy car and paved them a four lane road to Hell and Back.

So cut this man some slack. He's got some skin in the capitalist game. He's close enough to having it made to have real credibility. He's risking that. He's daring people, on one issue, to call him out as being wrong on that issue.

He's winning that dare even as he's losing public indifference, professional associations, and maybe his paycheck.

Who does that without good reason.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Muhammad Ali

I won't get tired of hearing his story in the media.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Reparations and collectives

I feel confused about the concept of racism. Many have clear ideas on racism. Maybe I take too broad of a meaning when engaging some in internet comments.

Racism does have many meanings but only mine matters! I never said that but I hear it in myself and in others.

So, the Anti-Defamation League offers this definition:

Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics. Racial separatism is the belief, most of the time based on racism, that different races should remain segregated and apart from one another.

Kind of narrows it down some. Do you ever hear this version?

Racism was slavery.

No. I thought not and I feel good that you haven't heard that one. Racism isn't over even if slavery is less visible around the world. Or, to Americanize the discussion, even if American, Southern, plantation, Pre-Civil War, slavery disappeared more than 100 years ago.

Weeks ago, I heard about a 'collective.' As in, "I want my collective to rise up and dominate all others."

I let that slide past me knowing I couldn't know what the speaker meant.

IF, and that's a big if as usual, if the collective's membership excludes or includes based on race,...

Maybe I felt no need to ask. Maybe I assumed the Black speaker meant 'my race' over any other race. Maybe I waited to learn more since I miss some nuance in discussions.

I got some clarity today as the discussion had recently turned to reparations much to the surprise of many. I said reparations and the discussion of reparation harmed the speakers point of view. That 'reparations' is a word which triggers spin. As in, the Black race is sitting around waiting for something to be given to them.

Yeah, I walked into that with my eyes open. Take a look at the starting point, the following internet meme.



Did I miss something or should I be moving away from this individual's collective before it does dominate 'my collective' and impose reparations as a 'Final Solution' to 'racism?

Or wait a while longer hoping for clarity.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Clinton killed the Ol' Red Rooster ... invaded Honduras ... and shot JR ... from the Grassy Knoll ... while defending ...

There's been another anti-Hillary Clinton meme floating around Facebook.



The author or any poster associated with the meme doesn't matter. The exact accusation doesn't matter.

The statement that an US Secretary of State started and ran a military coup in the Americas matters. That didn't happen. But, the meme in its many forms smears all of us, not just a Democratic Presidential Candidate, the position of Secretary of State, and the sitting President, Barrack Obama.

We didn't start the problem. We didn't invade. We let the coup or Constitutional Crisis evolve on its own.

Some deny this. Some use the meme in an effort to show Clinton as dishonest.

That's just bait.

We have toppled sovereign countries without an invasion. We've invaded countries by proxies with the example being the failed Bay of Pigs incursion. And, we have recently invaded two countries, Iraq and Afghanistan, to implement Regime Change.

Not a good record.

But, we didn't get caught, yet, arresting the President of Honduras, flying him to Costa Rica, and holding him without trial on a military base.

We didn't get caught because we didn't do it. Trust me. Had we done it, by all Republican sentiments, our government would have fucked it up.

So much for the successful and secret military coup led by our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Economic history from 2006, 2007, and 2008

On May 10, 2006, the Fed said the following in a press release:

"The Committee sees growth as likely to moderate to a more sustainable pace, partly reflecting a gradual cooling of the housing market ... "

So they raised the interest rates for fed funds to 5 percent.

"As yet, the run-up in the prices of energy and other commodities appears to have had only a modest effect on core inflation, ongoing productivity gains have helped to hold the growth of unit labor costs in check ... "

So does that mean, "Wages have stayed the same while electric bills, gas bills, water bills, and gasoline at the pump have gone up with the net effect being only a modest amount of price increases in meat, vegetables, and bread?"

"The Committee judges that some further policy firming may yet be needed to address inflation risks but emphasizes that the extent and timing of any such firming will depend importantly on the evolution of the economic outlook ..."

"So that means, "Things are going well. We don't expect any changes unless we have to raise your mortgage rates again."

All in May of 2006, before the global economic meltdown blind sided the smartest Bankers in the USA.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Transgendered fountains discovered in Charleston



Okay then. Today's fun.

Clearly this fountain picture if male centric representing the old codgers dream of taking a huge whiz and rejoining the maleness ritual sometimes known as a circle jerk.

However, an over head picture of the same fountain would show a blossoming flower receiving multiple fertilization.

I'd choose to believe it is a bunch of little boys pissing on a rock.



And what of this fountain picture?

A uterus drenched in sperm, resisting and armor clad.

Or, the diseased, older male penis, coated by time, clogged, and swollen.

Maybe it's just a pineapple.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bristol Palin's current crisis


News flash! For immediate review.

Bristol Palin, mother of two children by two different men, lost a court battle today. Or, recently. Or, again.

Is that political news? Yes.

Sarah Palin, failed Vice Presidential candidate, Bristol's mom, put her family in the public eye with her values approach to getting elected, a type of Republican family values campaign. Bristol signed on to that and her mom's failed reality show and Bristol signed on to another family values campaign of with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Abstinence.

Bristol also starred in her own reality show, Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp. She wrote a best selling memoir, rather old such a young person offering a memoir. It was called, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.

It this a bigger story than Trump? Yes.

We had a number of Republicans call for a total ban on abortion even for rape and incest, and incest rape. So, in today's court ruling, if it was today, we have the Republican coda to women's health and reproduction.

Should an under legal age woman be pregnant after being raped by her biological or legal father, the father can expect to raise raise the child, perhaps to the point of forcing the woman to pay child support.

Trump may be a monster and Bristol Palin a victim but the elephant in the living room owns the ovaries of any and all fertile women.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Doctor Ben Carson faces a huge decision this morning

Ben emailed me this morning about his needs and his service to America.

Mike, you've known me a long time and have always supported me. Is it time for me to start eating more fiber in my diet?"

I replied.

Ben, we've never met. I don't know who you are other than a man full of himself. Stay away from the fiber. It's too late. If you had a good 'massive,' the world stage would miss you.

Mike

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Mortgage applicants beware! Here's who you are.

Reflecting upon my short career in the mortgage industry. Here's a nasty thought.

People asking for a mortgage have no money. They have no collateral. They want a loan. They promise to use the loan to buy the collateral to secure the loan and they don't understand why the process involves so many questions ....

The Free Market Jedi or How Libertarians See Themselves

"For my ally is the Free Market. And a powerful ally it is. Greed creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and blinds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Free Market around you. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere! Yes, even between you and Walmart."

Yes, I heard Walmart proposed as the ultimate example of 'The Free Market!"

I saw the Jedi mind trick hand sweep and the sweltering satisfaction on the Jedi trained Free Marketeer. Only, it looked dumb and didn't work like in a movie. So how did I handle the 'three piece suit' hiding the adolescent mind? I acted like a child myself and I must say I'm good at it. Too good.

Here's the lack of debate on how a free market exists in the USA.

Not much that we're going to agree on, is there? I'll always be a free market guy.

Mike Parker, "The 'free market' is a human construct. Doesn't exist."

It does exist and has served us well. Much better than the gov't controlled economy that you guys long for.

Mike Parker, "Please review human construct. Man made. Invention. Myth. Legend. Lore. Not existing independent of man. Not natural. As 'the free market' is not natural and does not exist absent man's intervention, it is not free but dependent. Dependent upon the rules of man. And, as a dependent structure, it yields to 'he with the most power.'"

Mike Parker, "To clarify, 'the free market' does not exist except in the minds of those desiring a 'free market' with magical powers."

Still, the free market is so much better than that government controlled fifedom you so long for. Do your really want to be totally taken care of? Pathetic if you do.

Mike Parker, "There's no free market."

There's no free ride.

Mike Parker, "Walk. Just don't wobble."

Then put down the Kool-Aid. (Jedi mind trick hand sweep)

Mike Parker, "Is that it? An "I'm Yoda the Jedi Market Master" command to put down the Kool-Aid? Prove the independent existence of a free market? Then, we can talk put downs later."

The free market is all around you. (Yoda voice) Disprove it.(Or prove it but do not try.)

Mike Parker, "But, I have."

No, you haven't. How can you say that?

Mike Parker, "But, I'd rather, as you command me, put down the Kool-Aid. As in Dude, your Kool-Aid stinks."

Mike Parker, "And, it has a funny color."

Mike Parker, "And, your Wookie made it for you."

Love the insults, asshole.

Mike Parker, "You've admitted defeat again. Didn't you know? Defeat of deduct went over defense before detail?

You're really brave typing away in your Mother's basement in your underwear.

Mike Parker, "Away away away Away ..." (I was typing in a lyrical Spanish accent. Very sexy."

Want a free market example? Walmart.

Mike Parker, "Walmart? Wal-Mart's position as a brand is protected by ... the government. Not by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart even consented to the naming by asking permission."

They are also regulated to an extent by said government. Nothing wrong with that.

Mike Parker, "Government controls your 'free market? (My God, Jim, he confessed again.) There is no free market"

Mike Parker, "Only a government regulated market exists....

Mike Parker, "with taxes ...

Mike Parker, "with fees, ...

Mike Parker, "and subsidies.

Mike Parker, "To repeat, 'the free market' does not exist except in the minds of those desiring a 'free market' with magical powers."


So this is why I'm a blogger. To seek out and find, adolescent minds, to explore and define poorly used words, to blunder into places where no man should go.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Carrier closes Indianapolis factory laying off 1,400

Being a former Hoosier, the news hurt. Indiana just lost 2,100 jobs to Mexico. So I did some research. Carrier is part of United Technologies, a 'yuge' government contractor, military contractor. with next sales of $58 billion dollars. As listed online at www.utc/news, last years federal income tax liability for continuing operations was ...$2.111 billion. However, Discontinued operations yielded $2.684 billion in tax benefits.

So shutting down operations created tax credits for UTC.

The portion of the parent company, called Otis, which includes Carrier had $12 billion in sales last year and $2.338 billion in operating profit with a profit margin of 19.9%, adjusted.

So, tell me carefully, how 2,100 jobs paying $30,000 to $50,000 per year will make a difference to a $58 billion dollar a year international corporation?

Well it seems, there will be tax credits for shutting down operations. There will be expenses, tax deductable , to be paid. There will be start up costs, tax deductible.

The savings in wages over a year, if the new workers in Mexico are paid nothing, would be less than .001% of all sales. [The correct figure is ... 1/58,000 ...]But, tax benefits of the additional expenses would be 8.6% of sales.
So the workers, through their payroll taxes, are financing the move. And, so are you.

The move has nothing to do with 'taxes' as a penalty as the net taxes for UTC seem to be a negative $584 million last year.

Bottom line, the move does benefit the company because our tax codes finance the move.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Another New Year, the same old Doug Collins

Doug Collins? Who the frack is Doug Collins?

Well Holy Irony, Batman, he's my Congressman and a Guest Columnist with the Gainesville Times. And a former lawyer like so many Congress members.

He's laying it on pretty deep in his column, One Language Unites a Nation. Shades of Imperialism.

Congressman Collins would like to extend Congressional reach all the way to your lips with a new law making English the official language of the United States. What the hell are people going to speak in south Georgia as their Redneck English ain't official nuttin'?

The Great Man sees 'English as something that necessarily unifies the citizens of the United States.' Sort of like how guns make sleeping babies safer and carpet bombing remodels cities. He goes on to say that, "If there is any day for the American people to be united, it should be the day we make our voices heard at the ballot box."

Election day unites us? Really, Master Collins. The only way you won an election was by dividing the people with misinformation, in English. Things like calling the current President 'lawless.' Dude, you refused to even listen to the 2016 Budget submitted to Congress by the President. Who's fucking lawless?

Let's take a swing on how well official language unite a country by looking at Pakistan. They have an official language, actually two including English. Collins must be proud, eh? English sure unites Pakistan, the final hiding place of bin Laden. The Pakistani national language, also the other official language, is Urdu.

I said Urdu. It bears repeating because it is not the Mother Language of the people as only 8% of the general population are born native Urdu speakers.

So how did Urdu become the national language? If we believe the well educated and right thinking Doug Collins, the Pakistani people quietly developed this language to unify a country. Only, he would have to admit the British forced Urdu on the Pakistani people way back in 1849 when the Southern United States were teaching English as the only acceptable language among human slaves. Luckily, to use some words from Collins, "Generations of immigrants to the United States have gladly accepted the considerable challenge of learning English" which includes the considerable challenge posed by shackles, chains, and collars.

Well, I wish Collins, one of 73 proud co-sponsors of this unifying, urgent, and essential law, good luck with uniting people by passing one law when Congressman Collins won't read the lawfully presented United States budget for 2017. I'm glad he consulted with voters in his North Georgia district through town hall meetings presenting his ideas for review and public comment before busting his pants in pride at being 1 of 73 sponsors of a really bad law.

Nice work. Just ignore the important things being written in English and write worthless laws about grammar. You can do it.

Capitalism, Fascism, Communism, and Socialism explained by using cows

Capitalism is where your neighbor has 200 cows with a fence around them and sells the milk in town while your children eat shit and die.

Fascism is where your neighbor is Cliven Bundy who grazes his cows on your land and shoots your children.

Communism is where there are 200 cows, no education, no minimum wage, and your children die of natural causes. Or starve during economic sanctions enforced by Capitalist with cows.

Socialism is where Bernie owns 200 cows, your children help take care of the cows and get an education, milk, and a chance to own cows some day. With a contract that your children provide the next generation an education, milk, and a chance to own cows someday.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Weather story of the day

Yes, it's raining hard in Georgia.

'How hard is it raining?'

'Well, on my way to work, some guy in a tuxedo and top hat passed me on Atlanta Highway driving a deck chair from the Titanic.'

'Think that's bad? I was filling up at the QT and a river was running through the parking lot. These two guys in hip waders were trout fishing in the middle of it.'

'Yeah, I was there when the DNR officer arrested them for being in the river without a life jacket. Damn DNR is everywhere.'

'Yeah, it was just as well. The wake from that U-boat would have killed them for sure.'

'How do you know that?'

'I was bank fishing when it came by! Nearly capsized a F350 and a BMW. Wish it had got the BMW.'

'Which bank were you fishing? The Suntrust Bank or the Wells Fargo?'

'Oh, the Suntrust. I don't dare get close to the Wells this close to the end of the month. Hungry loan officers you know.'

'Oh yeah. I've hooked a few by accident. They used to be pretty fat. Not so much since '06. Ever try to cook one?'

'I thought about it once. They're not as tough as you think they are. Not many bones, either.'

'You're right about that. I've never seen one with a spine.'

'Uh huh. They do get bold in a group but all you have to do is yell, Underwriter! That makes them scatter.'

'Hey! Speaking of scatter, that U-boat. Was it the U571 or the U48?'

'It was the U48. U571 never goes north of the 404 in winter.'

'Well, global warming might change all that.'

'Yup. Even the DNR guy said that global warming might cause some changes in the winter and people's lives.'

'He don't know nothing. He's with the government. Global warming is a hoax designed to drive up the price of our coffee.'

'Yup. Before this global warming scare, I could get a cup of coffee, with real creamer, and all the sugar I wanted for less than a dollar!'

'In a real cup with a handle!'

'Free refills and a 'Do you want a cup to go' offer when I got ready to leave!'

'Now that we got this global warming thing going on, they serve coffee in painted blow foam cups. Without handles. And, some cardboard ring around them. No refills. And, the sugar is packed in tiny envelopes.'

'Damn right! People stand in line to get that sugar. Push on your elbow and make you spill half. Ought to make the paper dissolve. Just drop them in, stir, and there you go.'

'Oh forget that! We used to have that. Called them sugar cubes.'

'I didn't like them either. The only right way to sweeten coffee is with pure, granulated white sugar poured in a thick stream from one of them glass jars with the dome shaped tin tops.'

'Yeah, but those days are gone.'

'Yup. Nothing to do now but sit around and talk about the weather.'

'Yes, it's raining hard in Georgia.'

'How hard is it raining?'

'Well, on my way to work, some guy in a tuxedo and top hat passed me on Atlanta Highway driving a deck chair from the Titanic.'

'Think that's bad? I was filling up at the QT and a river was running through the parking lot. These two guys in hip waders were trout fishing in the middle of it.'

'Yeah, I was there when the DNR officer arrested them for being in the river without a life jacket. Damn DNR is everywhere.'

'Yeah, it was just as well. The wake from that U-boat would have killed them for sure.'

'How do you know that?'

'I was bank fishing when it came by! Nearly capsized a F350 and a BMW. Wish it had got the BMW.'

'Which bank were you fishing? The Suntrust Bank or the Wells Fargo?'

'Oh, the Suntrust. I don't dare get close to the Wells this close to the end of the month. Hungry loan officers you know.'

'Oh yeah. I've hooked a few by accident. They used to be pretty fat. Not so much since '06. Ever try to cook one?'

'I thought about it once. They're not as tough as you think they are. Not many bones, either.'

'You're right about that. I've never seen one with a spine.'

'Uh huh. They do get bold in a group but all you have to do is yell, Underwriter! That makes them scatter.'

'Hey! Speaking of scatter, that U-boat. Was it the U571 or the U48?'

'It was the U48. U571 never goes north of the 404 in winter.'

'Well, global warming might change all that.'

'Yup. Even the DNR guy said that global warming might cause some changes in the winter and people's lives.'

'He don't know nothing. He's with the government. Global warming is a hoax designed to drive up the price of our coffee.'

'Yup. Before this global warming scare, I could get a cup of coffee, with real creamer, and all the sugar I wanted for less than a dollar!'

'In a real cup with a handle!'

'Free refills and a 'Do you want a cup to go' offer when I got ready to leave!'

'Now that we got this global warming thing going on, they serve coffee in painted blow foam cups. Without handles. And, some cardboard ring around them. No refills. And, the sugar is packed in tiny envelopes.'

'Damn right! People stand in line to get that sugar. Push on your elbow and make you spill half. Ought to make the paper dissolve. Just drop them in, stir, and there you go.'

'Oh forget that! We used to have that. Called them sugar cubes.'

'I didn't like them either. The only right way to sweeten coffee is with pure, granulated white sugar poured in a thick stream from one of them glass jars with the dome shaped tin tops.'

'Yeah, but those days are gone.'

'Yup. Nothing to do now but sit around and talk about the weather.'

Monday, February 1, 2016

Myth of the Flat Screen

Imagine a world where few possess power.

The powerful would enslave the rest of the population using the Huge Flat Screen method.

Starting soon after birth, babies see their first flat screen and are bonded to it with food commercials. The entrancing flat screen shows colored patterns and play muted sounds similar to human voices. But, three times a day, the babies' flat screens show food. Always as the food is shown, the babies are fed.

No other images than food. No other stimulus. Visual representation of food triggering hunger. Actual feeding only after the food image. Then, back to the colored patterns and muted, voice like sounds.

But, the other needs of the babies come from unhappy nurses, perhaps failed IT help desk personnel or burned out Customer Service agents from ComCast. Cold, impersonal, sociopaths cleaning wet, stinky diapers only three times a day no matter the sanitation issues. Always just after the feeding regime.

As the babies grow, the bonding complicates. Colored, changing flat screen patterns resolve into pictures of food. Food comes. The food images blur back into changing patterns and muted, voice like sounds. Then, a clean butt.

This is all the babies know. Patterns. Muted sounds. Food images. Full belly. Clean asses. All from the flat panel.

So they grow up waiting for signals to eat, wipe their asses, and feel satisfied.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Really new economic thinking from ...The Institute for New Economic Thinking aka Dog Turd Ideals

Boy O Boy do I get a kick out of reading economic dog shit.

I waded through this file of dog shit very slowly because one slip might be fatal. Please follow me slowly.

Some banks failed in 1929. Some survived, crippled but still operating. In 1933, President Roosevelt, by proclamation, shut all the banks for a week, the famous in infamous Bank Holiday of March 4 -12, 1933.

Roosevelt, President less than 48 hours, acted to save gold and silver reserves and some other minor things. But, crippled banks didn't have enough cash to repay deposits, lost most or all capital, and remaining assets had little market value. So here's what was done.

Bank assets were re-valued. Instead of current market value; and in 1933 bank 'assets' were pretty much vault doors, adding machines, buildings; we puffed up assets to 'historic values.'

Imagine it this way. You bought a car 6 years ago and paid $30,000 for it. Today, you can't sell it for $10,000. But,your government says don't worry. We'll wave our magic wand and Poof! Your car is worth $30,000 again. Now quick, sell it before anyone catches on to the magic!

That's how we saved banking back in the Depression. A change in accounting. Pretty much dog shit, eh?

But, in reading this story, the Institute for New Economic Thinking wants us to try this magic again. Here's the last paragraph of the article.

The result "was that we had a financial system that was fully cleansed of its rot and the stage was set for a period of comparative financial stability in the decades ahead."

Comparative financial stability ... In 1933, we turned balance sheets into smoke and mirrors. And, the New Economic Thinking, today's dog turd idea, we should do this again.

Why in the hell does anyone want to do this? Well, they must own some 'assets' at market values. And, they want to sell them. Really, really want to sell them. For a profit. To some rubes.

How's that for new economic thinking?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

SETI closes its doors saying, All intelligent Alien life died

In other news, all alien life on others planets have died leaving us the last earth. SETI announced in a press conference this evening.

"If there were any intelligent life forms existing in the galaxy, they would have found us and saved us from Donald Trump. Sadly, this is the ultimate truth of alien life. They died. We are all that's left. Now we go home and watch reruns of Gilligan’s Island."

We are now the oldest form and the youngest form of life in the universe. Best we join Gilligan in isolation.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Russians in first place!

At least 73 Russians visited my blog during the past 7 days!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Visit to the dermatologist

Went to the dermatologist this morning. Their staff needs some retraining. First thing they said to me was just stupid.

"Mr. Parker, why are you here today?"

Really... "I'm here to see my dermatologist."

"Ah ... who is your dermatologist?"

"The same one I saw last time! Little fellow. Wears these little green pajama like clothes. Walks around with a nurse following him."

It got worse. The nurse gets me in the room and asks me if I need to take off my pants and shirt for the exam.

"Well, isn't that up to the Doctor?"

"Ah, well ... you don't have to take off your pants if nothing is going on below the waist."

"Look, I'm 60 years old but there's plenty still going on below the waist. You'll just have to trust me on this."

Mean nurse. She made a long note in the chart about that.

The dermatologist came in and asked me, "How's your New Year going?"

I told him things weren't going so good. My dentist died. It wasn't that I bit her and she died. It was the infection that got her.

"I went to the funeral to comfort the family and to really let them know it won't ever happen again." He seemed real pleased with my Christian attitude. Even said a couple Oh Jesus and Oh Gods.

"Mr. Parker, do you have any concerns about your skin?"

"Well, my skin itches at night. I've been thinking it's my pajamas. You know, I come home from work, take a shower, and get all the work dirt off. Then, I put on my pajamas.

"But, my wife doesn't understand why I take off my pajamas when I go to bed.

"She even asked me what would I do without any pajamas on if someone knocked on the front door in the middle of the night.

So I told her, 'Hell, I'd just fire a warning shot through the door!'

"She's pretty stubborn and asked me what would happen if it were the police knocking the door and I fired a warning shot at them?

"OH Hell, honey. The police have never knocked when they come to visit me in the middle of the night." I worry about her mind and long term memory.

She got a little mad and shouted at me, "So what if the house caught on fire? Wouldn't you want to have some clothes on when the fire department gets here?"

"Honey, if I'm standing at the end of the driveway, my hair nice and neat, wearing pajama's and slippers, the house burning in the background, there's going to be one Hell of an arson investigation. Again."

"So doc, my wife says you've got to stop my itching at night skin problems or if you see my house on fire, I'll be the nude dude at the end of the driveway. Scratching an itch."



Thursday, January 7, 2016

The 2nd and well regulated militias and Kent State

There's a lot of talk about hating the government, gun control, and well regulated militias.

Wasn't there a time in your life when you stood against the government for one reason or another? Perhaps in peaceful protest, perhaps invading government buildings.

How did the well regulated militia respond to your unarmed protests?

Who can name the event in this picture and identify the four dead ...


Monday, January 4, 2016

Bomb the Bastards!

For those living in urban areas, some survivalist, racist, motherfuckers have invaded a federal birding area in Oregon. Seems the Obama and the federal government haven't been protecting the deep throated warbler.

Well, I had to make up an opening line equal to the insanity.

Real news story here.

So these cowboy asses have invaded a bird sanctuary to protest the many and numerous violations of my Constitutional rights. Yes, mine.

WTF? Mine. Yours, too.

Little did you know but the US government, and Obama, owns land. Lots of land. And, it won't let me, or you, walk our dogs on this wonderful land even if we promise to clean up the poop.

How does the government keep our doggies out? Fences? Armed guards? Walls?

Nope. The government refuses to build 4 lane restricted access highways with off ramps every four miles for McDonalds, Wendy's, and Waffle Houses.

So, these unarmed, innocent, naive men are sitting down for my right to poop on pristine land.

Well, if my dog can't poop on this pristine land, these men shouldn't be allowed to poop there either. How to run them out?

Waterbombs.



Drop a few loads of warm water on their cold weather clothes and let the sub freezing Oregon weather freeze them.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Australia by 2!

Readership numbers for the past week indicate that Australians have excellent reading skills.

Australian 43 and US 41!

Happy New Year!