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Friday, September 07, 2018

Bread and Circuses



So, I turn on the radio this morning and hear the morning drive-team discussing the Kapernicke Nike ad/endorsement and peoples' reaction to it.

Here's the thing, for me.

If you disagree with his "troublemaking", because it's detracts from your enjoyment--you're a snowflake.

If you think he is doing something anti-USian because he's being critical of the idiotic policy of FORCING PEOPLE to be freedom-loving, flag-worshipping sheep--you don't understand what FREEDOM is.

If you think that he should be silenced--'cuz he's hurting your feelings--and just STFU--you're a racist, a fascist or both.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Stolen from myself--here:
http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018/08/26/pope-francis-couldnt-even-give-away-free
-tickets-to-the-papal-mass-in-ireland/#disqus_thread
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a long time Red Sox fan--they, and every other Sprortertainment
and other place that charges money for people to watch shit should do the same thing that I ask
of the Yankees.
Watch a Yankee's home game and you will almost always see EMPTY seats behind home plate.
I'm told those seats go for up to $5K per. Whether that is true or not, they have to be
very expensive seats.
A Yankees fan I know told me that those seats are sold and technically occupied by persons who
are in the dining room BEHIND them or up on top of the grandstand where they are noshing
on lobster and such delicacies. I wonder if they have a vomitorium?
Also, too, OT:
Open note to the vets and others who come here.
Should there be a #TakeThemOutToTheBallgame for vets who might like to see a game but don't
have the means? There are ALWAYS seats somewhere in the park--regardless published attendance.
So bring some number, 20, 50 whatever who can get there (or be brought there by DAV vans
or other means). And if there are open seats in the luxe boxes--park 'em there.
I know it might mean that some plutocretins would be sitting next to a guy with the Edward
"An IED blew my fucking limbs off" Scissorhands or some fella with an unfortunately misshapen
skull due to something similar*, but like their idol,Trumpligulamygdala, they too, will have to make
some "sacrifices".

* One of my favorite things about the idea!


  • Saturday, June 30, 2018

    The Confusion Machine is Being Cranked up again:
    The following comment is one I left here:
    http://www.ginandtacos.com/2018/06/29/broken/#comments
    -------------------------------------------------------
    Bernard:
    "admit Clinton Fucked up royally or that Bernie would have easily beaten Trump. by a landslide."
    You're a lying sack of shit and a troll, do fuck off.
    Also, too: Трахни свою мать.*
    AllayouotherBernGarJillbroz:
    "Now the GOP owns the Supreme Court. Because they get results and are willing to fight dirty to get them. Compared to the Moral Victories that Democratic leaders have been doling out for 25 years, I think most of us would prefer to have the Supreme Court."
    But you either voted AGAINST that or just stayed home.
    Don't fucking lecture people who WERE paying attention and knew that anything but Hillary winning was going to be a far worse shit show than whatever the fuck you were afraid of.
    Show of hands, how many of YOU went out and banged on doors or stood on street corners holding signs in shitty weather or on your day off to help get your progressive candidates on a ballot for November.
    Those who didn't participate and still want to bitch? Fuck you.
    * Is being VladBroz greeting to their fellow sleeper cell agentz
    ______________________________________
    I'm already seeing long, detailed posts about the perfidy of the DNC (they ARE assholes who would sell their mother's LIVING body for profit) and the uselessness of voting "D" in the upcoming general election.
    If you know nothing else about politics in the U.S. you MUST know, by now, that skullfuckery is what the RNC together with whatever group of malefactors (NRA, FSB, PRNK, PRC intel and cash) (White supremacists, outright nazis and fundamentalist KKKristians--to name some, not all of their allies) they are currently using/being used by to get what they want in the short term and try to turn the U.S. in a Theistic Oligarchy in the long run is a goal. 
    Pissing and moaning while doing something, great. Pissing and moaning while sitting on your asses, GTFO.







    Friday, June 01, 2018

    Poor Buddy the Wonderdog and his ongoing seizure problem.


    UPDATE


    Buddy is still with us. He is making a lot less noise although he is still doing some howling. He seems to be "present" and his appetite and grooming are both intact.

    The Vet, as I suspected they would, gave me some pushback on ending Bud's life, they would like to do some tests...

    End.



    My hairy little roommate is in day 7 of the process of having seizures for some period of time (for 2-4 days,never know for sure when it will stop--or IF it will stop) and then almost constant pacing and fretting, He doesn't want to be held. He has NO sense of boundaries physical or social. He is effectively blind and deaf and he either whimpers, whines or howls pretty much 24/7. I recognize that it is very hard for him and I also recognize that it makes me nearly homicidal when I can't sleep and I know EXACTLY how to solve that problem. Piss, shit, hair, drool and the constant Roomba sort of apparently aimless wandering that makes him a serious tripping hazard. I've already stepped on him once, today (he was under the barstool and my foot). It is the constant high-frequency sound, interspersed or supplanted with the whines, whimpers and howls that make it almost impossible to get anything done. I have put off even calling the vet to discuss end-of-life procedures because I keep hoping that he will come back to himself. He seems to have no idea who I am for the last 5 days and that is, afaia, the longest this sort of thing has gone on. The neighbors have all heard me shouting at him--with only one window at the back of the house open about 4" (yes, I'm VERY loud, when I'm upset) and some of them think I'm even more an asshole than they already knew me to be. This cannot go on a lot longer, without one of us having to leave and I can't live in the street. If anyone has any genuine ideas about how to resolve the problem--I just yelled at him to stop howling. He was standing a foot and a half from my barstool, gazing up at me with absolutely no recognition of me in his manner or his eyes--without granting Bud a permanent release, I would welcome it. As well-intentioned as they might be any suggestions which involve money I don't have any of or patience, which I've never had any of, don't offer them and neither of us will feel bad. I am not looking for a way to weaselwalk out of responsibility, I'm trying to find out if there is something that I have not yet found on the toobz or elsewhere that is empirically based. Thanks.

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017


    So, Ol'Roy went down--at least as of the current results--who knows what perfidy the Alabama Elections Commission might get up to. One holds on to hope.

    I would like to say in the spirit of conciliation...

    Thank you, to the good people of Alabama who stood up to the shitstorm of GOP soft money, Trumpliguturdlican spokesslugs and the Pussygrabber-in-Chief.

    Fuck the rest of you benighted, indignorant, racist, xenophobic, woman-hating, religidiots.

    1 down, several hundred to go--at least!

    Carry on.
    **************************

    The bit below is reposted from a comment I left on Gin and Tacos--about 5 minutes ago.

    @jcdenton:

    Socialist wing of the democratic party? I'm not hearing about  a group of dems wanting to STEER the DNC back to the course that they're supposed to be on. I'm hearing--not from you, but others here--, "Fuck the DNC and their rank and file stooges! Move over and let US run things!". That strategy, I assure you, will not be winning any major races 11 month from now*.

    Getting wimpy, soft-on-oligarch dems back in charge is a STEP toward sanity.

    Voting progressives into lower office and having them work their way up while building genuine structural elements and establishing funding apparatus that do not depend on massive "gray market" donations from corporate entities is a STEP.

    Fielding candidates who don't court ANY single bloc of voters while ignoring/demonizing others is a STEP.

    There are other STEPS that should/must be taken to wrest the power of governance from the hands of those who seek to use it ONLY for their own selfish and hateful agendas.

    In order to take any of those steps, though, YOU--again, not meaning the "jcdenton 'YOU' "--must first put on your fucking shoes and then wear them out. YOU have to go to boring fucking meetings where self-importan shitheads drone on for long periods about the urgency of cutting taxes for the country club set while raising the price of an overtime parking ticket to $50 'cuz budgetary shortfalls--etc. YOU have to knock on doors and smile while trying to patiently explain to angry people why voting against their interestst got them into the fix that they are now in. YOU have to support, vocally, visibly and locally--YOUR candidate or the candidate that won who is, if not the best, at least better than the other candidate.

    NO magic. Fucktons of hard, hard work. It's all NUMBERS. Neither YOU, nor I, nor anyone else wins anything with platitudes--ever.

    As I said at the beginning of this screed, it's not directed at the jcdenton "YOU". You may, of course, take any bits that work for you and apply them. I will continue to do what I do which is work on the youngs I meet off of the intertoobz to see if I can get them to understand that informed participation and voting are not just rights but duties of citizenship.*

    Thus endeth the rant.




    *  democommie hears stirring drum roll, realizes it's only an old fart's fart and lights a candle!




    *  I'll be fucking THRILLED to be wrong.

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    No such thing as a "harmless fool".

    On the blog I'm no longer allowed to comment on (well, the most recent such, anyway) there is a tendency to allow commenters to present "arguments" that have been thorougly debunked sometimes in the very thread that they've just popped up in by other commenters with varying levels of probity, head-shaking bemusement, sarcasm and levity.


    There is a concern for "civil discourse" which outweighs the concern for actually requiring that commenters who are making the same "argument"--with no basis in fact and an obvious lack of concern for the truth--not deliberately obfuscate, equivocate or simply tell lies.

    My well known antipathy for liars and their enablers is not the issue, here. The issue is; What can be done to stop liars from dominating conversations, derailing threads, sowing discord  and otherwise turning the process of commenting into a shitstorm of "Fuck you, you fucking fucker!" jabs and counter punches?

    I don't propose banning people for saying things I don't like, or for using a lot of profanity and intemperate remarks. What I do propose, for those who are serious about the blogs being places for discussion instead of name calling and shouting, is that they pay at least as much attention to the comments that are "civil" and, simultaneously, completely (and often deliberately) untrue.

    If the truth is less important than civility, we are truly and deeply fucked.

    I have moderated my comments here for quite some time. It's not because I actually give a damn what some troll thinks of me. It's also not because of their bluster and threats. It's because I prefer not to have to check my blog on a frequent basis to see what some hate-filled idiot has decided is required of him to post--so he can salve his wounded ego.

    I saw the news about the moronazi in VA who decided that running his car into a crowd of Anti-fa demonstrators was the best way to make his point that he's a better person, 'cuz WHITE and PatriotiKKK.

    Shortly afterwards, I went to a blog and saw this:

    "If he's a domestic terrorist so is BLM and Antifa. They've each caused more death and destruction than this guy."

    posted by Ghetto Tarzan.

    I am virtually certain that the guy is completely full of shit, but I did ask for citations. And, now, rereading his comment I have to go back and edit MY comment to reflect that I will still need citations to check his math.

    The level of politesse, here or anywhere else is of little concern to me if the truth is the first casualty of such policies.

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    So, I was about to turn off Kimmel and then he says, "We'll be right back, with Diana Krall.".

    Class.

    Ms. Krall is, for me at least, a wonderful blend of musicianship and magic.

    That's really all I wanted to say.
    So, not that anybody actually gives a shit about what I'm up to most of the time...

    I am not polite to people who don't deserve me--or anyone else--being polite to them. Those persons include but are certainly not limited to trollz on the various blogs I visit.

    I am exceedingly impolite to those who insist on being douchenozzles after being told, repeatedly, that they are douchenozzles (and that telling being done in polite terms by other bloggers with more restraint, better breeding or a higher tolerance--possibly due to family dynamics I do NOT want to even imagine).

    With that background I decided to post the comment that follows, because it seems to me that a few people might want to read it and it got scrubbed, twice, in a pretty quick hurry.

    I have no problem with being banned from a blog. It's happened before, in all likelihood it will happen again. When you say vile, profane things to people it will tend to upset them and, if they have the ability to NOT have to see it, they will do whatever they can to NOT see it. Unless of course you're the current embarassment in the Oval Office. That's a whole different thing.

    Here it is:

    I see that David Brayton has removed a lot of comments which he finds objectionable--including this one.
    "In reply to this from David Brayton:
    "DemoCommie--I'm tired of your petulant behavior. Your insults are not welcome. Any more of this behavior and you will be banned."
    You gonna ban the trolls, too?
    You don't like me, I get that. You don't like the way I talk, I get that too. You tolerate liars and trolls who infest the threads; I don't get that. Can you tell us why?
    If you think my insults are inappropriate, I would suggest that you consider why they are going out and to whom they are directed.
    Ban me if you like. I'm tired of your threats to ban me for my language on the comments threads or for being something less than your "ideal" of a commenter, while taking no apparent action to eliminate the trolls who have been polluting the threads here for several months, at least. They don't come here to argue or discuss, they come here to stir shit and disrupt the threads--I find it impossible to believe that you don't know that. So, why you tolerate their behaviour and not mine is a question that I would love to hear your answer to.
    Do whatever it is that you need to do. I'm tired of being threatened while a far worse thing than my language-- that thing being the absolute dishonesty of the trolls--seems to be perfectly okay with you.
    And if you ban me, expect some "Thank you's" from the people whose only purpose in coming here is hijack threads and complain to you about their mistreatment while they're busy taking a dump in the punchbowl.
    And I see that it seems you've already started removing my comments, well--so I guess we'll just have to wait and see if you remove this one which doesn't really seem to have any terribly inappropriate language in it.
    It appears that lying is okay--as long as we're civil about it."
    It's always of course his privilege to do what he likes. Apparently he likes liars and dislikes profanity.
    Thanks to those of you who have supported Ed and his blog and provided a lot of information and analysis.
    It will be interesting to see if this gets scrubbed off, again. When someone decides to selectively edit what is on a thread--not for reasons of truth and accuracy but to maintain order, well, that's their privilege, as I said. Otoh, removing those other comments that are found objectionable would give most the impression that the persons making them had been the ones who derailed the conversation.
    Since this comment will probably be removed--like the one I made last night-- I’ll just have to struggle along with the terrible burden of spending my time somewhere else--which, no doubt, will make Mr. Brayton and at least a few trolls VERY happy.
    --------
    THIS, is somewhere else. I can say what I like here, knowing that few if any other people will take note of it.
    Commenting here is complicated by the fact that a number of genuine scumbagz have the habit of using this place for a toilet. For that reason ALL comments are moderated. That might change when I have a better idea who somebody is, but life is about compromises, I guess> {;>)