Tuesday, October 8, 2019

It's the same old song

Years ago, my father went into an Irish cultural store in San Francisco. This store advertised that it would find your Irish family crest and would guarantee it to to be authentic. My father paid to have them find our family crest. When it came in, my father noticed that it was different than what he had seen before.

My father said to the store owner, "I have looked it up in four books and they all had the same thing and it was different from this."

The store owned asked my father, "Did you look it up in [whatever the book was]. My father answered, "Yes."

The store owner then explained, "You looked it up in one book, and three other books that looked it up in that one book. You did not look it up in four independent sources."

We all know how the Deep State received the fake dossier on President Trump, released some of the information from that fake dossier to friends in the media, then went to the FISA Court with the dossier and used the reports in the media as verification of that dossier, never disclosing that it was not independent verification.

The chicanery did not end there. Currently, Democrats in the House have continued their attempted soft coup with a "whistle blower's" complaint about the President's phone call with the Ukrainian President. Adam Schiff read fake quotes, supposedly from that phone call, in Congress. Nothing has happened to Schiff yet, and I have not heard anything about removing that fraudulent information from the Congressional Record. I doubt anything will happen to Schiff about this incident, and I am sure that his lies will remain in the record where future "scholars" can read it and conclude that President Trump is the devil incarnate.

Now we have more news, which is what reminded me of my father's experience at the Irish store. Before the complaint about the President's phone call was made public, there was a change to the form that whistle blowers were to use to report malfeasance. It used to be that the whistle blower had to have first-hand knowledge of the actions in question. Now the form allows for second, or even third-hand information -- just in time for this action against Trump, and never mind that Schiff has lied about what he knew and when he knew it.

There are reports of a second whistle blower. Things must be really bad if two people are reporting illegal deeds by the President, never mind that there are records of previous Democratic Presidents committing more egregious acts. In fact, there is no evidence that the President's phone call was illegal or unethical.

We now have reports that this second whistle blower is actually the source for the complaint made by the first whistle blower. This is probably why the whistle blower form was changed, so Democrats can give the appearance that the President is endangering the country by many questionable acts. Of course, the media is going to play along as they always do.

The Democratic Party is a danger to the United States and the Constitution.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

18 Years

The memory of that day will never fade.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

This Is So Cool

You all know how much I'm into genetics and family history and all that jazz. New studies and advances in science have opened up so much knowledge! Check this out:

A new study that we’ve conducted in conjunction with expert statistician and demographer Dr. Daniel Staetsky has uncovered that there are surprising numbers of people descended from Jewish ancestors in Hungary — far higher than previously estimated by demographers.
Our analysis of a huge cohort of 1.8 million anonymized DNA tests — the first of its kind in Jewish demography research — has revealed that the country with the highest proportion of Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity after Israel is Hungary, and not the United States as was previously believed. After Israel, the top countries in terms of significant Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity were Hungary and Russia, followed by Argentina, South Africa, Ukraine, and then the USA.
Who would have thought Hungary? I believe that genetics research will be the only thing that brings peace to a fragmented world. Heck, if we're all cousins, there is no need for endless wars. Right?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Abaco



Wow. The damage is catastrophic.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Buy That Man A Beer

There are so many awesome people in this country. With a monster hurricane bearing down on the southeast coast, thousands are mobilizing to help. Sundance covers the staging: The Daytona 3000.

The job our linemen do to restore power after a disaster is nothing short of heroic. Here in the Ozarks we've seen it time and time again as ice storms and tornadoes rip through.  And we've seen our local linemen boom out to other areas of the country many times. They work in the most dreadful conditions imaginable.

Here's to you, linemen!



Sunday, September 1, 2019

Enough is Enough

So Comey, Clapper, McCabe, and their ilk will not face justice; one law for the swamp and one law for the rest of us. Barr has outed himself as a swampcreature (which many of us suspected all along). And Trump? First Sessions and now Barr. The alphabet agencies engaged in open sedition.  Border fence not built. Shoveling money at Israel as fast as it can be printed. Immigration a mess. Kissing the buttocks of every special interest group the left can cobble together. Pedophile rings being openly and unapologetically protected by the cops and the gov't. The cart-pullers no better off than they were 4 years ago. And on and on.

Trust in Washington is non-existent in my house. The FBI, which I always pictured as a bunch of wholesome Mormons in crisp white shirts and ties, fighting for God and the American Way, was and is an illusion. Trump, who I thought was unable to be bought, has been either bought, co-opted, or is too stupid to understand what his base has been demanding.

Change my mind, comrades. Give me some hope that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't the lantern of Charon.

Friday, August 16, 2019

What Privilege?

[NOTE: I started writing this about a week ago. I got one sentence into it then left it for several days, finishing it and posting it on August 14. On August 15, I discovered that the post had disappeared and reverted back to the draft of just the title and the first sentence. It is as if something happened to the server and they had to revert to a backup that was a couple of days old. Whether it was an honest problem or an intentional act, I don't know, but let's try this again.]

One of the big stories of the past week or two is about Rosanna Arquette bemoaning her white privilege.


“I’m sorry I was born white and privileged. It disgusts me. And I feel so much shame,”
Both her parents were movie actors, although not of great stature. Her grandfather, Cliff Arquette -- otherwise know as Charlie Weaver, long a staple on the game show Hollywood Squares...



...had made movies as far back as 1940 and had been on television since the early 1950's...



... and had a radio show.

Rosanna even was the subject of an early 1980's Top 40 hit.



Ms. Arquette wants us to believe that she has all of her privilege because of her skin color. Her Hollywood upbringing had nothing to do with it.

Canada's Prime Minister tells the story of how his brother, Michel, got out of an arrest for marijuana possession because of his white privilege



The fact that Justin and Michel's father, Pierre, had also been Prime Minister of Canada and had many legal connections and a great deal of influence had nothing to do with getting Michel off the hook. Never mind that Justin would still be snow boarding somewhere if he had not become Prime Minister for no other reason that who his father was.

If there are privileged people who should be ashamed, it is those two. However, their skin color has nothing to do with it. People who live in the real world, who have had to work hard to provide for themselves and their families, wonder where their white privilege has been.

As for white privilege, many people, including many conservatives, are falling all over themselves sticking up for Chris Cuomo after his recent tirade and threats to a man.



Tucker Carlson may have had a gang of protesters at his home threatening Carlson's wife and children while he was not there,but that is nothing compared to the indignity of that Mr. Cuomo faced. He was called, I hate to use the word, "Fredo." The horror of it all!



"Fredo" is an ethnic slur. I am confused. I thought Italians were white. I thought white people had privilege, and one of those privileges was that they could not be the victims of any ethnic prejudice. But Chris Cuomo was subjected to an ethnic slur.

I don't know what kind of privilege being white gets people, but coming from famous families sure comes with a ton.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Show me the money

There is a funny thing about PBS stations. You don't need to watch to know if a PBS station is having a pledge week. All you have to do do is look at their schedule of programs. When you see a number of nostalgic music programs, you know they are having a pledge week.

Back in the '80's those nostalgic music programs  showed a number of big band music shows.



In the '90's-'00's they showed Doo Wop shows.



For the past few years they have been showing music from the '60's.



Ten years from now they will be showing music from the '70's. The pledge week music programs they show tend to be about music that is forty to fifty years old.

Invariably, someone will make a comment along the lines of "It is great that PBS is keeping this music alive." While that may seem to be correct at first glance, you can't help but notice that these programs do seem to be keeping a certain type of music alive, but that is aimed at older people who have a great deal of disposable income. You do not see PBS pledge weeks filled with Gregorian chants. They aren't interested in keeping music alive, they are interested in keeping their pledge phones alive.

I was thinking about that recently. June was Gay Pride Month. Well, it seems that the first week of August was also Gay Pride Week. During that week we had a Vancouver network affiliated TV station with a rainbow image on Facebook. A Canadian airline had a rainbow image on Facebook. The Vancouver Canucks have had a rainbow image on Facebook for several months.


A number of comments were basically saying "Enough is enough." Others were saying that it was a good thing that such high-profile organizations show support for a group of people who have faced discrimination.

I do not excuse or condone violence aimed  at gay people (although I have noticed the tendency to say that whenever a gay person is a victim of a crime, it is immediately assumed to be a homophobic hate crime as if straight people are never crime victims). However, it can not be overlooked that, while gays have certainly faced needless discrimination, they, as a group, tend to do fairly well financially.

Are these organizations, these businesses, reaching out to a downtrodden group, or are they reaching out to a group that tends to have a great deal of disposable income? I do not see CTV, or Westjet, or the Vancouver Canucks celebrating First Nations (Canadianese for Native [Americans]). Is it the lifestyle of gays or the bank accounts of gays that they are celebrating?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Just for fun

Who is this handsome guy? Take your guesses. I will tell you who later.


Update

And the answer is:

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Nursing Humououour





By:Kelly Bybee Savage

(shamelessly stolen from a nursing fb page by yours truly)

What happens when you drink 10 oz of Magnesium Citrate? I'm glad you asked...

12:05 pm: It's time. You shotgun a 10 oz bottle like it's a lukewarm PBR and you don't want to be a coward in front of your older brother's friends. It's suppose to be grape flavored but it's becoming quite clear that whoever led the R&D team that day has never actually tasted anything grape in their life. You are already regretting this decision.

12:06 pm: You deep throat a cupcake like you've been saving it for the apocalypse because let's face it...that time is here. It's going to turn to liquid form before it even clears your throat but you don't care. All is right in the world at this moment. Hold on to that. You're about to enter a very dark period in your life.

12:37 pm: First sign of life. The pressure is growing. You already have 5 lbs of crap in your colon and you basically just drank the "safe for humans" version of Drano. You feel a poop coming on finally. You think it's time. You're wrong. You get a little snake turd as a teaser. Take note...this is the last semi-solid thing you will see leaving your body for the next 24 hours.

12:57 pm: That little science experiment you got cooking is about to reach it's boiling point. Your stomach is angry now. It hates you...you can feel it. You have exactly .3 seconds to make it to the nearest toilet but you can't run... NEVER run! You pray to god there is enough elasticity in your butthole to keep the gates closed 5 more steps as you start to preemptively undo your pants to save valuable time. Almost there. 3...2...1...

12:58 pm: Sweet Mary, mother of God...is this real life? Your cheeks barely hit the seat and all hell breaks loose. The crap / water mixture you've just created comes out with such force that it actually sprays the back of the toilet bowl at a 45 degree angle thus deflecting it in every direction but down. Is that blood? False alarm. That's just the remnants of a cherry pie you ate at Thanksgiving...when you were 5. The smell is horrid...the sound is frightening. You try to clench whats left of your butthole to soften the blow but it's not working. The whole house just heard your liquid shart as it gurgled out of your ass.

1:06 pm- 8:30 pm: Everything's a blur. You have shit out everything you have ever eaten since the day you were born, everything your ancestors have ever eaten since the early 1800's, and your butthole now feels like you have a flaming hot Cheeto and the tears of a thousand Jalapeno seeds stuck in it. You're now curled up in the bathtub ugly crying because you have to remain within arm's reach of the toilet at all times. You have the poop sweats. You meet Jesus.

8:37 pm: Your family will never be able to unsee the things they've seen in the last 8 hours. You're broken. Your butthole's broken. Your spirit's broken. Life as you know it will never be the same. But...tomorrow's a new day. You're going to wake up, throw on the only remaining pair of underwear you have that doesn't have a shit stain on it, and you're going to run up to Target with the last shred of dignity you have left...and buy yourself a new toilet brush. You've earned it.