Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cynical or Skeptical

I remember my stock broker make the recommendation that I open 529 plans for my children to save money toward their college education and though I liked the idea in concept my gut was skeptical for the simple reason that what the government giveth the government can (and offend will) taketh away. But there are true believers who dump money into these 529's and they're called the upper middle class - a "group" that Reihan Salam claims is ruining America. As proof he sights the reaction of the foolish followers to President 0's plan to tax their 529's so he can pay for someone else's Community College tuition. He gives even more proof that the UMC is looking out for itself, hypocritical, cloistered and cagey enough to establish laws and regulations that prevent them from being "Ubered" by cheeper or more innovative ways of providing their services. These realities might be ruining the country I guess, but his "solution" is hilarious.
"I fear that the only way we can check the tendency of upper-middle-class people to look out for their own interests at the expense of others is to make them feel at least a little guilty about it. It’s not much, but it’s a start."
Here's the photo from the Slate article and I ask you - Do you think these folks are capable of feeling guilty? I mean, these people are accused and shamed from the day they are born through popular music and media, education, political rhetoric and every conceivable means possible and they don't feel guilty, contrite or remorseful in the least - they are without shame but filled with anxiety.


The current occupant of the White House loves to go on about the evils of cynicism but I think he calls Americans cynics when they're really just skeptics and they're skeptics for very good reason - namely because of people like him.

cyn·i·cal
ˈsinək(ə)l/
adjective
adjective: cynical
  1. 1
    believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.
    "her cynical attitude"
    • doubtful as to whether something will happen or whether it is worthwhile.
      "most residents are cynical about efforts to clean mobsters out of their city"
      synonyms:skepticaldoubtful, distrustful, suspiciousdisbelievingMore
      antonyms:idealistic
    • contemptuous; mocking.
      "he gave a cynical laugh"

 skep·ti·cal
ˈskeptək(ə)l/
adjective
  1. 1
    not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations.
    "the public were deeply skeptical about some of the proposals"
    synonyms:dubiousdoubtful, taking something with a pinch of salt, doubting;

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Code Stink

Calling them "lowlife scum" is too kind. The skanky ho bags of Code Pink are the excrement that churns through the political bowels of a free and open society . Their Henry K. fixation is something to marvel and weep tears of confusion over - it is deep seeded and endlessly irritating.


Though I have to admit some of their headlines are pretty funny in light of recent events.

John Kerry: Your friends are creepy

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“the sidewalk ballet”

I'm writing this post from a sprawling ex-urban industrial area somewhere in the world - I won't even say where but there are thousands of these places usually located on the outskirts of a long established city.

State Worker Dies

KOTCB is dedicated to the fundamental concept of Man over Machine and these places, soulless and inhospitable to humanity as they are, represent victory for the Machine. "It’s up to us to define the scope of work." says Ian Leslie in his article on living in the machine age, but that sounds like the kind of thing they say in places like this. I fear that we're loosing this war.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Crisis of the prolate spheroid

Take a look at these footballs sports fans - take a good long look.

I grabbed the image from this Smithsonian Mag article on how the "pigskin" evolved over 100 years of gridiron madness. As is obvious the early game was much different than it's current incarnation regardless of how advertisers spin it.


For over a week the sports press has been obsessed with deflategate and its impact on the "integrity of the game." You know, the game that's asked Katy Perry to perform at halftime of the Super Bowl which will have over $10,000,000,000 worth of bets wagered on the outcome (and every conceivable aspect of the game - total rushing yards, pass completions, number of fumbles, number of times Tom Brady head butts a teammate, etc). Yes, the integrity of the game has clout and must be preserved, but let's face it, even if the Patriots did purposely deflate footballs to win there is no way the NFL could find a culprit and punish them a week before the big game. Advertisers pay $4.5 million for 30 seconds and nobody's going to watch the Patriots play without Tom Brady so the ROI prohibits any punishment being meted out. It really comes down to basic economics, but there's more...

Many of these NFL players are doped just to play the game and for good reason - it hurts. Imagine if, every day before getting in your car to drive off to work, you ran at full speed into the side of your house. After a week or two of that you'd be popping Vicodin like jelly beans just to pull your pants on. How does this impact the "integrity of the game" that's oh so sacrosanct?

This is the NFL people! And as even Tom Terrific has admitted, "We’re not choirboys..." - You can say that again. In fact, one of the Patriots former stars is accused of murdering 5 people - shocking.

Yo, Bro!

How do they get away with it, you might ask? Answer: because it's fun to watch - it's entertaining and entertainers get cut a lot of slack. Look no further than this years excruciating self reflection brought on by the Ray Rice scandal. Ray was a Baltimore Ravens running-back - a serious star adored by Tiny Town fans with their customary passion (which is extreme) - who dragged his unconscious girlfriend (now wife) out of an elevator so he got a 2 game suspension. No biggie, but wait they found video of him actually cold-cocking the girlfriend - she was bitching at him and he laid her out. All hell breaks loose, Ray gets suspended then fired and fans get subjected to this every game all season long:


How about Know More - know more about how the NFL, these players and the sports press establishment could see the video of Ray dragging is girlfriend out of an elevator and just say, "wow, that looks strange, but we really don't know what happened." After all, she might have slipped or banged her head putting on her makeup.


I honestly think the footage of Ray dragging his woman out of the elevator caveman style is more offensive than the hook he delivered in the elevator that knocked her out. If a man does smack a girl unconscious he should at least have the decency to carry her out of the elevator An Officer and a Gentleman style or wounded soldier style but this... where's the chivalry in hoisting your lady around like a sack of potatoes.

I can't get too worked up over deflategate and the damage it's done to the integrity of the game. The League executives, the players and the press are committed to keeping the carnival going and I'm planning to watch the show - bring on Super Bowl ExElEyeEx!!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hope & Change is Greek to me


SYRIZA or Coalition of the Radical Left as they are rarely called in the media, hence the acronym that makes them sound like some new wonder drug advertised on cable news, have come to power in Greece.

"I used to be blue, trying to fit in to the family and submitting to demands that I work for a living and control my spendthrift ways. I really don't like to work and I'd rather litter my beautiful home and do as I please, but other people kept demanding that I conform to their system of control. Then I discovered Syriza and realized than none of those nagging frustrations were REAL. Since taking Syriza I can do whatever the government wants because I've learned that it's what I want too. Don't settle for an oppressive system of control when you can create your own with Syriza."

"Warning: Syriza might cause itching and swelling of the brain, prolonged depression and suicidal thoughts. If you experience poverty, hunger, prolonged imprisonment or torture while taking Syriza consult the nearest NGO and beg for asylum."

Even if you take the red pill, sooner or later you end up back in the matrix.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Politico backs a Bush/Romney GOP Ticket

Roger Simon is in the limo with Bush & Romney taking pot shots at the GOP "clown car" (cleaver, right?) which he claims is now a clown van (LOL). I'd call it a clown short bus, but that's me.



Simon is a shill for GOP establishment talking points and sober minded analysis of GOP political consultant approved conventional wisdom. So let me unpack the GOP clown short bus for him.


  • Jeb Bush - Scion of the most improbable political dynasty in American history - how these Greenwich, CT blue-bloods have pulled it off is baffling.
  • Chris Christie - A fat bully who loves Bruce Springsteen AND the Dallas Cowboys - that's fine for Jersey, but shows deep personal disfunction. Loving either Springsteen or the Cowboys would raise serious red flags, but loving them both disqualifies the candidate.
  • Rand Paul - Ron Paul's son and named after a girl and he does love Liberty but Libertarians scare the shit out of the GOP.
  • Ted Cruz - Cuban/Canadian badass and probably the sharpest knife in the GOP drawer but watching him twist the nuts of the GOP Senate bulls is so much fun that I hope he never leaves.
  • John Kasich - A postman's son (did you know that?), the guy knows how to balance a government budget but I think his personality is too goofy and he does a very strange hand movement when speaking so maybe Sec. of Whatever.
  • Scott Walker - Dragon slayer with a hard-on for Public Sector Unions and a will to win and win and win - The GOP could do worse.
  • Mike Pence - Taller than Mitch Daniels and more articulate than Dan Quayle - even Vox can figure this one out.
  • Mitt Romney - Rich, 2 time looser, Mormon who looks like a President - he "want's to be President" as do they all.
  • Rick Perry - States rights Democrat who supported Al Gore in the 1988 Presidential race and doesn't know what Federal Departments he would eliminate if he ever had the chance - which he won't.
  • Ben Carson - The good doctor basically has zero qualifications to be President of the United States but why should that stop him?
  • Susana Martinez - She's a Hispanic Woman who was an unhappy Democrat until some white men sat her down and explained that she really should be a happy Republican and then she became Gov. of New Mexico which happens to be the bluest of the blue States so...
  • Marco Rubio - The cherub of American Conservatism, he was thrown in the snake pit of Senate immigration working group early on and that was that.
  • Rick Santorum - He won Iowa in 2012, but who gives a damn what Iowa thinks? 
  • Bobby Jindal - The happy warrior from Louisiana will face withering racial stereotyping from the sensitive left - already has - and as we know, they don't let up.
  • Carly Fiorina - Ran HP into the ground, served as "advisor" to John McCain then lost Senate race to a true political hack named Barbara Boxer - She never had children and cut off her breasts in a cancer fight - who knows, she might win.
  • George Pataki - The mayor of Peekskill will get a lifetime pass because he defeated the Sfachime in 1994 and, for him, that's a good thing.
  • John Thune - 6'4" of GOP man who understands Agriculture policy and Commerce - he ain't running for President.
  • Lindsey Graham - Didn't the GOP run Lindsey Graham in 2008? I know it's imperative to win the South Carolina's primary for any Republican candidate to secure the nomination but can you imagine having to listen to that voice for 4 friggin' years!
  • Donald Trump - This man is the prototype loud mouth self-made financier who can say virtually anything and take any position because 1. he's got a wall of money around him and 2. he'll never get nominated. Not serious, but entertaining (you know, a clown).
  • Bob Corker - He actually understands Foreign Policy and President Corker sounds fabulous but I don't see it - stay in the Senate and do your job.
  • Mike Huckabee - See Rick Santorum.
  • Peter King - OOFAH! Fucking Pete King as President?! Sweet Jesus, how did he get on this list? 
  • Bob Ehrlich - Who? (just kidding) I know, I know - Turtle from the turtle state - Lost to (My Favorite) Martian O'Malley who, as the world turns, also wants to run for President for the other team - let's not have a rematch.
  • Paul Ryan - He's already out - Go Scott Walker!


But there's one contender to whom Simon gives special attention. One that strikes fear in the heart of every beltway pundit who ever tapped a keyboard and every K Street lobbyist or political consultant who plays the game.





Roger Simon says this was a "speech of such incoherence that even veteran Palin-watchers were puzzled." You be the judge, but it sounds like classic Mama grizzly to me - shooting wolves from a chopper for the love of the hunt. If I were Roger Simon I'd keep my head down and stay out of her sight.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kirchnerismo = Clintonismo

I've always had a soft spot for Argentina. It's a magnificent nation with a vibrant, multi-ethnic culture, natural beauty and cowboys (Gauchos as they call them) and should be a natural ally of the United States. If not for one hundred years of ineptitude it certainly would be the South American cousin of USA prosperity.

So I told them, "Today, I do not have proof, but I do not have any doubt"

As it happens, Argentina also gives us a glimpse of the possible future of the USA with its loony President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner - a lawyer, former State Senator, former first lady and, apparently, murderer. "Politics ain't bean bag" as they say, but the suicide(?) of prosecutor Alberto Nisman on the eve of his congressional testimony that would expose corruption in the Kirchner regime is just too weird - even for Argentina's Justicialist Party. And now CFK has jumped the shark with accusations of right-wing conspiracy and mysterious cabals plotting against her (sound familiar?). It's not like HRC doesn't have her own body count rumors but the question is do we want more? Look to Argentina Democrats! Think about it - think real hard.

Friday, January 23, 2015

I almost feel sorry for this pothead

Seth Rogan compared "American Sniper" (the movie) to the fictional film (a film within a film really) called "Nation's Pride" which focused on a Nazi sniper who was touted by Hitler as a hero and plays an important role in the larger movie "Inglorious Bastards". For saying this or making the comparison this "comedian" has been getting A LOT of press - vilified by the red blooded American types and supported by the true blue ninnies but no one states the obvious probable cause that Seth was high as a kite on cannabis when he offered his film criticism.

 Chemically Self-Retarded

Any honest appraisal of this fellows body of work shows a diligent, hard working and funny (in the most crude and adolescent way) Hollywood hack. He writes crap that young people will laugh at and "acts" it out as himself on the big screen.
Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The Green Hornet, This Is The End, etc, etc, etc - Have you ever watched this shit? I don't begrudge anyone for making a living, but com'on. And his latest strange cloud induced debacle "The Interview" (ever heard of it?) staring Seth and bong buddy James Franco pretty much shut down - as in put out of business - one of the major Hollywood studios. FYI there's not a lot of forgiveness in LA for making the movie that killed a movie studio.

But not only is this baked hairball a schlocky film maker, he's also a lousy film critic. The "Nation's Pride" movie embedded in "Inglorious Bastards" was a brilliant bit of self referential satire aimed at Quentin Tarantino's actors and especially at his Producer/Patron Harvey Weinstein who bankrolls
QT's blood soaked mass entertainment. "Inglorious Bastards" was the same fantasy world propaganda for Weinstein  as "Nation's Pride" was for the Führer. But one can't expect Seth Rogan's THC encrusted neurons to piece that together so you get what you'd expect - dope infused speculation and wildly discordant "equivalency" thumbed out on twitter after a bong hit.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Being a racist is hard...

especially if you're a minority.

Just in time for MLK day comes this racist drivel from Priscilla Ward for Salon.com - I would never have seen it except that one of my Facebook friends posted it with the admonition to READ! So I read and now I ring the bell.

  • "I longed to crawl back to my tiny black universe."
  • "I was all twisted up inside, ablaze over racial dynamics and anxious what other minefields my roommate might stumble upon."
  • "I wanted my home to be a refuge, a place where I could be wretched when I wanted, walk around in my bonnet, fry chicken and sing real loud to Aretha Franklin’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Suppressing my blackness every day is exhausting."
  • "I guess some white people do act “real vanilla” and only understand the realities of their own universe."
  • "I keep those “forbidden” conversations behind closed doors, and even when I’m alone I speak in code. I don’t say “white.” I use “they” instead."
  • "But I want to stop tiptoeing around race. My blackness is not a secret I have to keep. I want to be able to publicly express my honest admiration for being black, outside of my little black planet. I don’t want to feel marginalized, like I can’t speak hard truths about myself. Having honest and challenging conversations with people of another race will hopefully disrupt other people’s ignorance. But it will also help me. I need to stop with my mental temper tantrums. I want to get free."

I feel for her, I truly do, and I don't mean to ridicule the trauma she feels about Ferguson or the Eric Garner verdict but her hyper-identification with her own race and blank dismissal of other races, their interests or viewpoints is classic racist thinking. I imagine that most of her "white" friends are the type that require a guide book to understand their inscrutable worldview. If she really wants to "get free" she should read some MLK.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Yemen's bright future thanks to smart diplomacy

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook//graphics/ref_maps/political/jpg/middle_east.jpg 



Is it possible that President 0 will renounce his Nobel Peace Prize at tonight's SotU? Just looking around the news site headlines for Jan. 20 2015 shows a world of hurt and not much relief in sight.

Like this story form the Christian Science Monitor

"And though the Obama administration has praised developments in Yemen since Saleh's government collapsed, that is at best a consequence of rose-colored glasses."

 Which begs the question: what is it at worst?  Or even at pretty bad?
Answer: total cosmic denial or ruthless, long term destruction of the middle east.

Yemen is a long festering mess and it's filled with murderous savages but has US foreign policy increased the peace?

Monday, January 19, 2015

The scales are slowly falling from his eyes


MAHER: So Hollywood liberals are such hypocrites then because they are the most liberal people in the world and yet they don't vote for black people?

umm, yep. That is if you believe that "liberal people" actually consider "black people" their equal. If you don't buy into that illusion then there's nothing hypocritical in voting for Benedict Cumberbatch instead of David Oyelowo.

David O-who?

A devout Christian, Oyelowo has stated that he believes God called him to play Rev. Martin Luther King. Reflecting on his portrayal of King in the film Selma, Oyelowo has asserted that “I always knew that in order to play Dr. King, I had to have God flow through me because when you see Dr. King giving those speeches, you see that he is moving in his anointing."

Oops, none of that. Not at our awards show - best to just lock 'em out.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Grab your shotgun Joe

Joe Biden is, amazing as it is to say, Vice President of the United States of America and last night someone shot at his house. Not the one located off of Mass. Ave in DC that looks like this:


but his home in the plush burbs of Wilmington, DE:


Nice pad, and great neighborhood - just down the road from the WCC and West of Rt. 52. Very 1%.


Joe has famously suggested that those who find themselves threatened with armed criminals should fire a 12 gauge shot gun in the air, so time to grab your Remington Joe.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Rosie is a Rosie is a Whoopi

Sad news from NatInq that Rosie P. has "HAD IT" with the squabbling between her co-hostesses Rosie O'D and (the magnificent) Whoopi Goldberg and reports indicate the hatred is real. It is a shame, but not surprising now that the Queen Bee has left the hive the girls must fight it out.


For 18 years this "chattiest" has been giving us the female take on news, events, entertainment and so much more - and now its about to be canceled because of a catfight. My heart is with Whoopi, but the smart money is on Rosie. Oh, who will win out? How can they be so selfish and put the show's very existence in danger? I just don't understand...



Friday, January 16, 2015

Le Dingue du Palace

Because of health reasons Jerry Lewis was not available to sooth the French soul and turn a frown upside down so what's plan B?


Brain formulates idea: You know, when I experienced my own trauma of skippering a river boat in Viet Nam I found great comfort and redemption sitting on the Martha's Vineyard beach with a cold Narraganset in one hand and a BoHo co-ed in the other listening to my good friend James Taylor croon his beautiful lullabies beside a crackling bonfire. I'm going to bring that same soothing experience to my good friends in France and let it be said now and forever that in John Kerry "you've got a friend."


Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Rabbi, a Priest, and a Minister Walk Into a Bar...

“You cannot insult other people’s faith,” he told reporters today aboard a plane taking him from Sri Lanka to the Philippines as part of his Asian tour. “You can’t make fun of other people’s faith,” The Pope also said killing in the name of God was “an aberration.” The comments were broadcast by Radio Vatican.

Not making fun of other people's faith would take some of the greatest jokes ever devised out of circulation. I certainly don't want to get on the wrong side of the Pope, but I think (infallible though he may be) that he's really asking for more than most normal people can accommodate. It has to be said that religion is noble, dignified, soothing, educational and vital for emotionally balanced individuals - it is also very, very funny. I mean the idea of this man, dressing as he does and flying around the world pontificating (and I mean legitimately pontificating) on every subject under the sun - from global warming to income distribution - many subjects he barely understands and has no earthly (I can't speak for heavenly) experience with is funny. Especially when you consider the fact that all the cloths, food and travel is paid for by the donations of his impoverished flock - that's really funny. If you can't make fun of that then you're either a prude or crazy.

Another day on the "job" - live'n the dream

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Boko Haram Rocks


2,000 casualties is a more than 17, but hey, it's Africa so who cares? Where is Nigeria located anyway? Boko Haram's a 60's flower band, right?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Party at Phi Psi tonight!

This story sort of fell through the cracks - not that it wasn't reported, but I haven't seen it get the front page/cable news lead treatment it used to receive from the media. Granted, innocence is not as interesting as guilt for most reporters, but still...


CHARLOTTESVILLE — A police investigation has cleared a University of Virginia fraternity of any involvement in an alleged gang rape that was detailed in a Rolling Stone magazine story last year, with authorities saying there was “no basis to believe that an incident occurred” at the Phi Kappa Psi house.

NO BASIS!!! All made up - a fabrication that consumed countless news hours and threw an entire community into recriminations and turmoil, shutting down long established fraternities and sororities, besmirching the reputation of one of Americas best universities. Who will pay the price for this calumny - this abortion of all journalistic standards? Here's hoping that Rolling Stone Magazine get litigated into extinction and Sabrina Rubin Erdely spends time in jail for her crime of slander.

Here's a review of all the idiotic events that transpired in this freak show story


Phi Kappa Psi is back in business so all you ladies take heed, but while you're sipping brew from your red solo cup at the frat house tonight consider this advise from a former college student. When it comes to gang bangs or sex trains or (what those who disapprove of group sex call) gang rape there are three other social subsets to be especially leery of:
  1. Athletic teams or a group of athletes in an off campus location
  2. Dead Heads - or anyone associated with Rock N' Roll culture
  3. Thespians or people who work in the performing arts

Those are the top three groups who relish "rape culture" and live it up while pointing the finger at EVERYONE else. If you're a young woman, go to the frat party and meet a nice young man who will more than likely treat you well and has a conscience but stay away from the lads who populate the list above.



Monday, January 12, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Where's Walled-O?


So Bibi and Abbas can figure out a way to get to Paris and march in solidarity with Charlie and everyone else, but where, oh where, is the leader of the free world? Sorry France, NFL Playoffs are on this weekend in the Etats-Unis so you'll have to settle for money-bags Jane as stand in.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Back in the saddle

I want to be president” - No shit, we get it, but if you couldn't be President in 2012 why the heck do you think you can be President in 2016 or 2020? I mean if you can't beat BHO after his first 4 years of misrule and corruption why do you think people will be MORE receptive to you 4 years later after loosing an election you NEVER SHOULD HAVE LOST.

I figured Romney would never win due to his Mormonism and squeaky clean boy scout persona, but I knew he was toast when this photo of him riding bitch on a jet ski was published in the summer leading up to November. The handlers probably thought it was "good optics" for the undecided mushy centrist voter - maybe it was, but it wasn't Presidential. Might as well stick with granny pants who can't throw a pitch and loves golf.



But since losers are looking to jump back into the ring maybe we'll have a real Masshole battle royal if a certain Lurch-like, Francophile, Good Soldier (Americas own Edward Ashburnham), political hack decides to give it one more try - and who knows, with Teresa on the side lines, you might have a chance.



Go get 'em silver-spoon surfer - Don't let Wilber make a fool of you! Jump in, jump in now!

Friday, January 09, 2015

#Terrorists

On days like today, when I watch and read the various reactions to the killing of cartoonists in France by people who take their religion seriously, many thoughts of Western decadence whirl in my head. Memories come flooding back...

One memory is of the infamous Waco Massacre in the winter of 1993 and the amazed reaction by the ATF and Clampett administration that believers in David Koresh would actually burn alive rather than submit to government orders. Another memory is of Al Gore at his parties convention talking about the importance of our "faith traditions" and informing his audience that Mary, Joseph & Jesus were homeless (seriously, and the guy went to seminary for a year too!) These memories echo in my mind along with hundreds of news stories about removing Christian symbols, manger scenes of the "homeless" family Al Gore referenced in his convention speech, Ten Commandments and countless other stories about erecting satanic monuments in the public square and anti-religious/anti-God bill boards, advertisements, books, films, etc. And it really sort of makes me feel... not sorry (that's not the right word)... sick, I guess, for these terrorists.

I mean here you are, carrying out a religious war and committing acts of atrocity to punish your enemies and the enemy can not even comprehend your motivation or desire. The enemy doesn't even know who you are (spiritually) - won't believe you - no matter what you do, what you say or how many times you do it or say it. It's like you're fighting against a gigantic pillow of fluff that is impervious to even the most blatant and outrageous attack because they have no authentic faith counter to your own.

I guess that's the West's strategy for the foreseeable future - to just not understand Islam and it's more radical believers and let terrorists punch the giant pillow until they get tired. There is a more sinister side to this strategy too, in that it keeps the domestic population of the Western world on pins & needles waiting for the next attack making them much more malleable to government control.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

CNN has clowns? Yes they do

Twitchy has labeled CNN reporter Jim Clancy a "clown" - Bravo, but why stop with just one when there are so many.


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Easy for me to say...


But of course, I don't live with these Islamic nuts threatening to kill me specifically, just generally. If they had me knife to throat who knows? I'd like to think I'd die on my feet, but I might die on my knees pleading for my life. Happily I can post solidarity with my French brother martyrs for free speech from my warm little room with central heat and electricity - full belly, wonderful Christian faith (a religion of Peace, as they say) and dog on my lap. So yes, I am Charlie and I'll post whatever I want on this blog.



Tuesday, January 06, 2015

I'll see your Obama and raise you a Yoho

America was ready for President Obama, but is it ready for Speaker Yoho? What the hell is going on with these silly names? Barry Soetoro (also a funny name) decided to up the ante by taking on the name Barack Hussein Obama II, leave the old life behind, and run for President. The GOP has been trying to fight this Obama fellow with McCain's, McConnell's and Boehner's but today they have a chance to top him by electing Rep. Ted Yoho as Speaker of the House.

"Today, President Obama sat down with Speaker Yoho to figure out the countries problems." - Great.


Monday, January 05, 2015

He did it all for the nookie

Look to Fleet Street to print the stories that US media will not touch with a 10 foot pole, even a crooked pol as Clampett is reported to possess. Jane Doe #102 must have one hell of a story to tell.


Sunday, January 04, 2015

Choake

It's only halftime in the Cowboys vs. Lions playoff game, but my prediction - Dallas will loose!


Jerry Jones will be down on the sideline mid-way through the 4th quarter, Troy Aikman will make excuses, LOTS of shots of Tony Romo on the bench with his head down, endless discussion of what this means for the Cowboys, the NFL and the Nation. 

Meanwhile, in Motown things are not getting any better. 60 years ago Detroit was the powerhouse city in Americas erect penis - today they've converted GM plants to build "homes" made of shipping containers for people to live in. You know the expression "As goes GM, so goes the nation" - which, unfortunately, is probably true.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Wrong Turns??? He was just following the map the NYTimes drew for him.

Walking into my local Starbucks (great name for a overpriced coffee chain BTW) I peered down at the newspaper rack to scan at the front pages of Saturdays fish wrapper and BOOM - NYTimes, front page, above the fold full column right hand side was a review of the sad life of one Ismaaiyl Brinsley - cop killer and suicide "victim" (he also shot his girlfriend {as the NYTimes describes her}). Click on the BOOM above and you can read the whole sorry news story, but here's the image that caught my eye and spurred my interest to learn more.



Pretty arresting composition, right? I have to say that, though I consider my own picture compositions a form a art I could not have done any better than this. It made me forget all about the $4.05 tall soy chai my wife sent me to Starbucks to pick up in the first place (BTW, not a misprint - a tall {which means small in Starbucks lingo} soy chai does cost $4.05 at my local strip mall). Not that I purchased the NYTimes - as I've said in previous KOTCB posts I stopped buying the paper in the Fall of 1994 - but I did call up the article on my iPhone while enjoying my daily constitutional when I got home. Now this blog is not devoted to the New York Times (though it could be) but it is devoted to clowns like Ismaaiyl Brinsley and their apologists which, in this example, happens to be KIM BARKER, MOSI SECRET and RICHARD FAUSSET who write for the NYTimes. Now, as with any story in the NYTimes, especially a front page story, one needs to read between the lines to understand what, exactly, the paper is trying to say. I think Newingsoc is trying to let the party and the Prols know that Ismaaiyl Brinsley did not murder two cops in Brooklyn, NY because of anything Newingsoc has been doing, saying or promoting over the past few months of racial strife and law enforcement scapegoating which has been highlighted, echoed and championed by some strange organic force that the NYTimes can't seem to identify and wouldn't really matter if they could with regards to this particular case of a young man taking many "wrong turns" in life.

It's confusing, I know, even though it's supposed to be illuminating so let me lend a hand and pull a few interesting sentences from the article to help you understand what Newingsoc needs you to understand:
(All bolding is mine to identify key points and explanations follow)
  • "His entire life, Ismaaiyl Brinsley tried on identities as if they were new clothes." - NOT as if they were identities promoted and lionized by Newingsoc's cultural and artistic critics.
  • "He was a bad boy with a gun, a fashionable man in Gucci and Cartier, a T-shirt maker, a film director, a screenwriter, a devout Muslim, a rap producer." - For Newingsoc these "identities" are distinct and unique for it is inconceivable that a single identity might incorporate all of these qualities.
  • "Everyone seemed to betray him." - Everyone, that is, except for Newingsoc who actually cares and is writing this short bio to honor his memory.
  • "He pointed a silver Taurus 9-millimeter pistol at his head. Ms. Thompson talked him out of it, she would later tell the police, and then he shot her." - need for gun control, Brinsley actually wanted to kill himself (not cops), what his "former girlfriend" Shaneka Thompson told police about being shot is immaterial to our understanding.
  • "What he did next — shooting Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car, before killing himself — became the accelerant in what would become a major confrontation..." - He shot the officers and killed himself which accelerated some a confrontation that really should not be accelerated because of the "wrong turns" Brinsley has taken.
  • "Mr. Brinsley had posted on Instagram that he planned to kill two officers, citing the recent police killings of Mr. Garner in Staten Island and Mr. Brown in Ferguson, Mo. But the truth of Mr. Brinsley’s short life and violent end is probably less political and more accidental than initially portrayed, friends and his mother said." - The probable truth is that it was pre-meditated accidental murder (whatever that means).
  • "He was no ardent anti-police activist, as some of his friends were." - His friends are even worse.
  • "He was nursing no grudge against the police in Brooklyn." - Just police in general.
  • "...his 20 arrests were mostly for minor crimes..." - Of course, some of his crimes were NOT minor and, "the truth" is that "probably" some of his crimes were never caught or punished.
  • "Mr. Brinsley seemed to be a grandstander at the end of his tether, homeless, jobless and hopeless." - So he murdered two cops, no biggie. But wait, "hopeless"? Didn't he know that Obama was President?
  • "Ultimately, that ("he lost it") is perhaps the most coherent explanation: another wrong turn after a lifetime of them, one that led down a cul-de-sac where, in the end, Mr. Brinsley saw no way out. He decided to take two officers with him almost as an afterthought..." - Newingsoc takes no responsibility for these officers murder.
  • "It was his final incarnation." - Shooting two cops is a easy as pulling on a new pair of pants.
There's more, much more, but you get the idea. This poor bastard shot two cops in cold blood because he simply lost the plot. He didn't really know what he was doing and no one should blame the New York Times, Mayor De Blasio, Barack Obama, the civil rights organizations, the Occupy movement, rap music, Islam, the dissolution of marriage as an institution of stability or anything on the map that any of these entities have drawn - a map that Mr. Brinsley followed to his inglorious end.



Friday, January 02, 2015

Contract on America (that never happened)

I don't, as a rule, speak ill of the dead but in the case of the Sfachime I'll make an exception. It was my joyous privilege to be living in New York in November 1994 to witness the political demise of Mario Cuomo at the hands of George Pataki. The look on Peter Jennings face when he announced the news, a look of crossed fear with shame, has been burned into my mind and (in moments of listlessness or depression) I can always recall it to lighten my mood. It was Cuomo and the glowing front page editorial masquerading as news that ran in the New York Times just before the election that finally pushed me to put pen to paper and cancel my subscription to that useless rag. As an aside, in that same paper on that same day, the NYTimes saw "fit to print" a disparaging "news story" on the GOP Contract with America - buried on page 23a (or something like that) deep, deep, deep in the paper - below the fold.

It was, of course, the CwithA that won election day 1994 for the GOP, sweeping out Tom Foley and the Dems and, ironically, turing the Clinton Presidency into an economic success. So thank you Mario! You liberated me from the New York Times, you never ran for President and you lost in 1994 giving me a lifetime of happy memories.


Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year, (football) Suckers!

"Everyone" wanted it, you demanded it, you even voted for it and tonight you get to watch it - NCAA Football Playoff Games. Anyone who's read this blog knows that I despise the entire concept of a National Champion in College Football and would, if I could, do away with national rankings altogether. So I consider this entire exercise an advertising driven abomination that should be forbidden by law - constitutional amendment if need be - to bring the bowl games back down to earth. But that's not going to happen...

So tonight we have 4 teams competing in traditional New Years "Day" Bowl Games being played at night with the second game (the Sugar Bowl) STARTING at 8:30 PM ET thereby guaranteeing a midnight finish - ain't that grand?! At least the Rose Bowl will be played in daylight between the Ducks and some team from Florida that has no business playing in the Rose Bowl, not because they're not a great team, but because the Rose Bowl is where the Big 10 and Pack 10 fight it out and FLA isn't in the Big 10. But hey, this entire bowl schedule is a joke - The Taxslayer Bowl, The Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, The Advocate V100 Texas Bowl - What the hell?

And what are they fighting for in this "playoff"? The chance to play again next week or a chance to win this:


This nameless, corporate monstrosity - looks like Jerry Sandusky's butt plug - is what awaits the winner of these playoffs. Who would actually want something like this? Who covets it? People like this:

Yep, Larry Culpepper (a fictional character, I think) who thinks the college playoffs are just dandy. Care to meet him? Probably not, but that's what the sponsors of this travesty actually think of YOU Mr. ESPN watching, sports radio listening football fan - YOU, the guy who pleaded and begged for a college football playoff schedule. Well, you got your wish sucker - Happy New Year and enjoy the commercials

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