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Friday, September 14, 2018

The mill doth grind

How many times have you heard something about yourself that was not true?

Did it make you mad? Did you want to go adjust someone's attitude?

Think about the last malicious gossip you heard about yourself.

Don't you WISH people would just come to you and get the truth?

Now that I have you riled up and bent in several directions...

How many times have you spread rumors about someone?

Ooooo. That sound I just heard musta been your toes breaking as I stepped all over 'em.

Rather than spread rumors, why doncha do one of two things?

1) Keep yo damfool mouf shut.

2) Keep yo damfool mouf shut.

If you cannot keep your piehole closed, then do everyone a favor. Go to the person you are gossiping about. Ask that person to tell you the truth. Then, see options 1 and 2 above.



You already admitted you want people to stop gossiping about you. You already admitted you want people to come and ask you about the truth.

Do the right thing. As we learned in Kindergarten, "do unto others as you want them to do to you."

Meantime, let the liars say what they will. You won't stop them. The mill doth grind.

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. William Shakespeare

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Disposable memories

Just cannot do it.

Can't, I tell you, can't.

Need to. Really need to.

But, but, but...

These old computers at the office need to have space cleared up. I need to trash files. Need to get rid of old stuff

I  tried. I really did.

But I made the mistake of opening one of the old files, a picture file.

Pictures. Oy.

Ever looked at pictures of your great-grandparents? Ever look at old Polaroid pictures of yourself (if you are that old)?

Love them pix, right?

OLD PICTURES

Years ago, we had more than a bushel of old print photographs at the office. We opened the box to the public. People came in left and right to look through the pix for images of themselves, family and so on.

David Baldwin took the remainders and tried to get them to people who'd appreciate the pictures.

Pictures matter. They take us back. They remind us how far we've come. They tell us stories.

DISPOSABLE MEMORIES

I have image files in this computer I write from that are 20 years old. I open them every now and then and resave them.

Why? To make sure the format is current, Make sure the computer can still open the image. Make sure the software is a recent version.

This is important. I have electronic files that I can still open. The most modern version of the creating software will not open the original files.

Our pictures are disposable memories these days. Snap one. Post it to social media and forget about by tomorrow. Change phones, lose phones, clear out old pictures to make space for new ones. Disposable.

SAVING THE PAST

It was not always so.

In the course of a year, I probably take 10,000 pictures or more. Digital. That is 10,000 instances frozen in time. That is 10,000 points of time recorded for .. all eternity? No. A few minutes? No. A few months? Getting closer. A year or three? Yeah. That's it.

When we still used film, if I shot 40 pictures in a week, that was HUGE.

Hours in the darkroom. Chemicals that could peel the hide off. Develop. Stop. Fix. Dry. When everything was done, clip the negatives and file 'em.

We saved the past.

Not any more.

Shoot, dump, pick, edit and trash the rest.

Gone forever, unless it makes it into an archive.

Many people have said once it gets online, it is there forever. It only seems like it. Websites come and go. Images get lost; they really do.

How many pictures have you lost over the years to system upgrades, computer crashes, lost or replaced phones, dead SIM cards?

Yeah.

Disposable memories.

So, I just can't dump these old files. These pictures mean something to someone.

I wish I knew how to get these pictures to the people who will appreciate them enough to save them for future generations.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Self defense in your house

Me bud Mike Moore came by recently and we talked about self-defense in the home.

We were 100 percent agreed a shotgun is the best weapon. We mostly agreed on why. We had a difference of opinion of one item regarding the shotgun. That in a moment.

Why is the shotgun the best?

1) Loud. When you pull the trigger, everyone knows.

2) Easy to use. A shotgun has the quickest learning curve of any firearm.

3) Max damage.

More critically, a shotgun blast delivers significantly more damage than any other home-defense sized weapon per shot. I can't find it - dammitall - but I read a piece about the "stopping" power of various handguns from a .22 through a .44 mag in police and self-defense firing situations. Surprisingly, the little .380 was a top performing round.

Not surprisingly at all, the 12-gauge in home-defense distances blew (pun intended) everything else away.

With Federal Flitecontrol 8-shot 00 buckshot (THE recommended round for home defense), one shot is all that's needed. Get the 8 shot. Do not use the 9 shot. In 9-shot, one of the lead balls turns into a flier because of the way the projs are placed in the shot cup. 8-shot, all stay on target.

ONE v MANY



Look at this way.

In a handgun (or rifle for home defense if you have no sense), with each pull of the trigger you deliver 1 bullet.

In a shotgun with buckshot, you deliver a BUNCH of bullets per shot.

Someone now is going to talk about hydrostatic shock.

Yep. 1 .44 mag round delivers far more hydrostatic shock than a single buckshot. Every time.

But 8 buckshot at home defense range covers an entry area from a softball to a small plate. Each shot creates a separate wound channel and a separate shock channel. The total area affected is much larger with the 12-gauge than the .44 mag.

You can shoot someone 8 times with a 9mm in a 4-inch group. You can shoot once with a 12-gauge and accomplish the same thing.

4) If you get the Law Enforcement or low recoil buckshot, your chances of over penetration drop dramatically as compared to big-bore handguns or even mid-bore handguns with hot loads. If you use a rifle for home defense, please make sure you live several miles from me.

Also, high penetration rounds, like FMJ or solid brass are NOT SUITABLE for home defense. You do not want your bullets flying through several walls. The good stuff starts around 2:30 -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYLbmSp5itA

5) Do not get one of the shotguns with a 10-round magazine tube. Why? Too f'danged heavy. 3 shots are enough for home defense. Get a short barrel too.

So what did Mike & disagree about?

Sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2Gz-A-XO8w

Sez me - When I rack that gun, I have done several things. I alerted the perp in the house that I am armed. I have told said perp he has 2 choices, leave or die. If the perp leaves, situation solved for me. If he keeps coming, I am committed to killing him.

Sez Mike - By racking the gun, you tell the perp where you are. By running him off, you have not solved the problem so much as you pushed it off probably on someone else.

Mike is correct. However, on the position issue, it's my house. I know the layout. The perp does not. I have the advantage there. I do not like the idea of having the thug run away to possibly harm or kill someone else. But if he runs away, I also eliminate the risk of me and my family being harmed.

The paperwork is a lot less too.

ONE WARNING

In the words of Mike, "Shotguns are not drop safe. People get shot every year from a loaded shotgun falling from a corner in the house/propped against the truck/leaned up somewhere. Your scattergat is not safe with a round in the pipe, and propped next to the bed. IMO, if you want to be safe, you have to rack the slide and put one in the pipe, in the event of an intrusion. Thus, making the 'to rack or not to rack' a moot point."

Monday, August 27, 2018

Of rights, wrongs and buying cat food

In one of the threads where I lurk, the question was asked:

Is academic writing ethical?

Down in the thread, the question was expanded. Is it ethical to write school papers for students? The great and vast majority of the writers chiming in said no. Two offered a bit of wit in their reply which could go either way to yes or to no, depending interpretations.

Me? I sezed:

Ethics and morals are pretty much the same in one sense. What is ethical and moral for you is not for someone else and vice versa.
You must live with yourself. 
If you do not try to force your ethics and morals on me, I shall do the same to you.
I have no issues with writing academic papers for students. 
YMMV.

So far no one has assailed me as the newest spawn of Satan, but I am certain several of the commentators thought that way.

One commentator said it is unethical and could get a student expelled.

Yes, that could happen. If so, that's a risk the student totally accepted in hiring someone to write a paper for him.

The ethics of the situation remain a personal matter.

In case you don't wonder, students have hired people to write papers for them since the first instructor demanded a student turn in a "research" paper. University professors in particularly hate it, which amuses me immensely. That's a subject for another post.

SHOW ME ON THIS DOLL

Those of a libertarian mindset like to say "No victim, no crime." A victim must be a living, breathing entity. A victim cannot be "the state," or "government" or a corporation, etc. Another way of putting it is: "Show me on this doll where you were harmed." Property damage is a crime.

Injury must be tangible. "Feelings" are not tangible. The L-crowd says no one is responsible for your feelings except you.

So who was harmed?

The school? No. The building and infrastructure remain intact.

The teacher? How? If anything, when a student hires someone to write a paper, that reflects on the teacher's ability to reach the student in question and instill a desire to learn about the subject. 

The taxpayers footing the bill for the student's education? Again, how. Can you prove economic damages?

The student? The student hired someone to perform a task. Provided the task was done to specs, how was anyone harmed? You say the student did not learn anything.

Au contraire! The student learned an extremely valuable lesson, far more valuable than learning about poor plotting and deus ex machina in the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs (a term paper I actually did write for myself thankyouverymuchforasking).

The student learned capitalism beats socialism unless socialism is backed up by a gun.

A KINDER GENTLER MACHINE GUN IN HAND

Not backed up by a gun you say? Maybe not a physical gun in this case but certainly government-endorsed violence. A kinder, gentler machine gun in the hands of a kind person kills just as thoroughly as the same gun in the hands of a psychopath.

As one of the thread commentators says, "As an educator, a university sponsored (sic) help center will have strict ethical guidelines of what they can and cannot do. If a student hires a private individual to edit, write, etc, in their stead, it is both unethical and grounds for expulsion."

Violence. Officially endorsed violence. Expulsion is an action against a student that has provable economic harm. Is this OK because it is endorsed, encoded and legal violence?

Welllllll...

VIOLATION OF CONTRACT

This writing for hire COULD be a violation of a contract. Did the student agree to write his own paper? Did the student agree that hiring someone to write the paper is grounds for expulsion?

If so, this is a contract violation and the student is subject to the penalties of the contract. Again, this is a far more valuable lesson than having to research whatever the teacher wants examined. Again, the student learned about capitalism in a very direct and personal way.

Violence, yes, but violence explicitly agreed to beforehand. Not violence foisted on the student by the dictates of others.

If the student gets away with it, as most do, another valuable lesson is learned.

Money talks. Period. Even in a socialist society, capitalism will exist. It may be on the black market, but it's gonna be there and will not be stopped. The student learns to navigate the shady side of the economy. That is certainly a more important lesson than explaining what a dirty loaf of bread in Chaucer signifies. (Shoot me a message and I'll tell ya what it means).

KITTY GOTTA EAT

Sooner or later someone has to buy cat food, 'cause Kitty gotta eat. Last time I checked, stores that sell cat food insist on some form of cash. Students who choose to hire someone to write their papers have a choice. They could do the work and buy cat food or they could hire someone and not buy cat food.

Is this kind of write-for-hire unethical? Might be. Might not be. Ethics are a personal matter.

Ethics are wonderful, great and a needed stabilizing force in the world. Ethics don't pay rent, insurance premiums or the light bill. Money does.

Gotta find a balance in there.

Kitty gotta eat.

ONE LAST THING


If you are a student looking for someone to write a paper for you, shoot me a message. I know someone, not me, who does it. Whether or not it is ethical is up to you.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Part the next - Gettin' what yas asked for but...

... NOT WHAT YAS WANTED.


https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arkansas/articles/2018-08-16/satanic-temple-unveils-baphomet-statue-at-arkansas-capitol

If you bothered to wade through the URL or clicked it, you know what is up. If you did not...

Satanic statue unveiled in Arkansas for capitol.

This is what you get when you demand religious displays be placed on taxpayer-owned property, everybody gets to participate.

You get what you asked for.

Yes. It. Is.

I could be wrong in the above and what follows. If so, please explain.

The First Amendment, aka 1A, reads "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

The 14th Amemdment makes the Constutition, particularly the Amendments, apply to the states.

What does this mean? Our government cannot endorse or promote any specific religion.

Placing religious items on taxpayer-owned property is endorsing and promoting a religion.

Under the tenets of the Constitution, if one religion is allowed, all must be allowed.

Correct me if I am wrong.

MORE PARTICULARLY


Look at this more particularly and focus on a 1A phrase often pushed aside. “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

That means you can worship as you please without government interference. It does have some limits. You cannot sacrifice people anymore. Depending on how it is done, animal sacrifice is OK. Has to be quick and humane.

You eat meat? Then do not complain about animal sacrifice.

It means if you get to have a religious display on taxpayer-owned property, so do the other guys.

Yes. It. Does.

Correct me if I am wrong.

ROCK YO WORLD


Lemme rock your world a lil bit.

Jesus never said government had to do anything. Jesus never protested government. Jesus never demanded government do anything.

Jesus submitted to an unjust and corrupt government.

If I am wrong, correct me.

Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36

Jesus lived under Roman occupation. The Romans had a motel full of various gods. The Bible and the Apocrypha NEVER speak to the government endorsement of those gods. Except as commands to the Jewish people to not have anything to do with other gods and get rid of them from their property. This applied when the Jews had their own government and were not subject to an outside government. When Israel was conquered by outside forces, the rule changed. The Bible even says so.

Yes, the Bible does speak in many places about worshipping other gods, but that is a command to the people, NOT THE GOVERNMENT.

Correct me if I am wrong.

ROCKING AGAIN


Here’s a passage you won’t hear in church very often. Lamar Lee used it regularly, but he’s the only preacher (cept me) I’ve ever heard talk about from the pulpit.

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1

What does this mean? Fortunately, we have PLENTY of context in the Bible to explain this one.

Jesus never ordered the Roman occupying government to take down their temples and cease worship of those gods. Never. DId not happen.

Lemme rephrase for the hard-of-understanding.

JESUS DID NOT OBJECT TO THE GOVERNMENT OR ITS CREATION OF OTHER GODS AND PLACES OF WORSHIP.

He did point out people NOT THE GOVERNMENT should worship His Father.

If he did not object, then why do you?

Correct me if I am wrong.

DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT


Well yes, we have a different government than in Jesus’ time. We get to elect people to make our laws. Only true Roman citizens, back then, got to vote and the Jews were not allowed to vote. A lot like how people who have served all their sentence for crimes are not allowed to vote today, but that’s another blog.

The government, says the Bible, is ordained of God. If you believe the Bible, then it follows you believe that. if you believe that, again running this trail of logic, then you must believe God is allowing the Satanic statue.

Do you speak for God? Can you explain the dictates to obey government and yet protest against it at the same time? If the Bible is superior to the Constitution, then the Constitutional right to protest is subordinate to the Biblical command to obey.

Under the Bible, you do not complain about government. Under the Bible you do have the right to vote to change government.

Under the Bible you have the right to refuse to do what government orders, if it contradicts the Bible. Refuse, not fight against. Refuse, no matter the penalty to you. Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego anyone? What did Jesus do? What did the Apostles do? The jail doors popped open, but they stayed put.

What you gonna do, eh?

Again, I may be wrong. If so, correct me.

Under the Bible and the Constitution, you do not have to look at, regard, consider or even like the satanic statue.

Under both, you can't do anything about it, short of massively changing the government by voting or by running for office.

In case you do not wonder, the ReDamnoboobicraticans support the statue, at least in private. In public is another matter. If they did not support it, they would actually work to change the laws to prevent it.

Correct me if I am wrong.

ONE MO THANG



Two actually. Telling the truth, like this, is a big reason people both hate me and attack me. This too is Biblical. It's also a reason most churches want nothing to do with me.

If the truth hurts, yer living wrong.

And in closing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmwWN5dagQs

Monday, August 13, 2018

Gettin' what yas asked for but...

... Not what yas wanted.


The following post sparked plenty of comment, mostly people saying they did not know about. That's a blog for another day.


For those who say the Bible and religion cannot be taught in schools:
Since 2014, TCCLC ( Turner County Christian Learning Center) has provided off-campus Bible teaching for public and home-school students; giving them the opportunity to embrace the Gospel, to grow in Christian maturity, and to apply Biblical principles in the many choices they face daily in life.
TCCLC currently has Middle School classes which meet at an off-campus location during school hours. Students receive credit for these classes.
Lemme restate that for you
STUDENTS RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THESE CLASSES.
Speak ye not regarding matters ye wot not.


DINOSAURS AMONG US

Anyone else see a BEEG BEEG BEEG, like a Brachiosaurus-in-the-parking lot issue, here?

Not the idea of public money being spent to teach these chillun about Christianity. Ain't happening, at least in this case. The TCCLC is privately funded. Classes are not held on school property. The teacher is not paid with school system funds. Etc. etc etc.

So if you are one who thinks to whine about taxpayer dollars being used to indoctrinate chilluns, go away. At least where this particular class is concerned. 

Since some of you are still having toe cramps about this:
SCOTUS has ruled. Now hush.

WHICH RELIGION


Didja think of that? Which religion may be taught offsite for classroom credit? The SCOTUS decision does not, and under the Constitution CANNOT specify which religion may be taught.

Islam? Yes.

Buddhism? Yes.

Hinduism? Yes.

Sikh? Yes.

Mormonism? Yep.

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? If it is ever granted official status as a recognized religion, yes.

Jedi? Yes.

Zoroastrianism? Yes.

Voodoun? Yes.

POKE A DRAGON


Being given to "stirring things up" as some people say or as I say "tryna make a body think for a moment," lemme poke this dragon a bit further.

I do not believe anyone will come to my community and try to start a class for another religion. Said person would be run out of town, literally. Well, maybe not. Steve Laughlin did a comparative religion study class for adults a while back and it was well attended. If I had time to teach such a class, I would. In fact, if enough people will sign up for one, I will teach it.

[even the crickets are quiet]

If someone DID try another religious class in school here then:

1) The Board of Education, under the US Constitution, has to allow it. No choice. See 1A and freedom of religious expression.

2) I'd support it. Were my two chillun in school, yes I'd let them attend the class.

AX AND BE WHACKED


The problem with asking for something without thinking it through is that you get what you asked for and quite often you get whacked with it. A bit too late do anything then.

As my brother says, don't complain about the sandwich when you opened the can of worms.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Russian meddling in the election? Not really

I have yet to see proof Russia meddled in US elections. I see a very few allegations. I see LOTS of accused tampering with non-election computers and such.

if someone can please explain HOW Russia meddled in the election, I will appreciate it. On wid de blawg.

The points below come from a CNN report - https://www.cnn.com/2016/12/26/us/2016-presidential-campaign-hacking-fast-facts/index.html

Full disclosure. I do not trust CNN. I do not trust Fox news. Fox, at least, is open about its agenda which I like. CNN is not. Both have no problem with "anonymous sources" or "sources close to" whatever. In other words, they are saying "We may be making stuff up. You have no idea."

One mo thang - If we are to hold Russians accountable for spreading lies during the election, then we must also hold millions of people, Americans, accountable for the same action. Or, be hypocrites.

I already know which way that tree fell.

THE SUMMARY


Meddle- to interfere with something that is none of your business. To touch things without permission.

Given the global reach of the United States, I say Russia does have a reason to be concerned about who gets elected.

Based on the CNN report, Russia compromised 1 email and attacks computers at a voting machine company. This was not done during the election. I concede it could be an attempt to see if comps could be hacked during the election.

“Some states reported attempts to infiltrate their computer systems.” This goes on daily by hackers from around the world. Was it Russians? Could be.

“Although vote-counting systems were not impacted…”

So the election remained secure, if we are to believe CNN and the government.

No. Meddling.

BREAK BREAK BREAK BREAK


Please note here an NSA memo was leaked and a person charged with a criminal offense for doing so. An NSA memo is not the election.

The DNC is is not an election nor are their computers part of the election process. Same for the RNC. Tampering, hacking, etc for computers that are NOT part of the US election system is not meddling in the election.

It does appear DNC and RNC computers were meddled with. This is not meddling with the election. This is not tampering with the election. None of those computers are part of the election system. Those computers are privately purchased, privately managed and not connected to election machines.

I hit some of the CNN news report points below until I got tired of repeating myself.

Nov. ’15 - Further “DNC management later says that IT technicians failed to pass along the message that the system had been breached.” If there is fault here, it sits squarely with the DNC. 

This is not election meddling. Its monkeying with the computers belonging to a non governmental agency.

“The staffer replies with a typo - instead of typing "This is an illegitimate email," the staffer types "This is a legitimate email." Podesta follows the instructions and types a new password, allowing hackers to access his emails.” 

March ’16 - Mr. Podesta is not a government employee nor does he have anything to do with the election, aside from his own vote. His computers are not part of the election system.

June ’16 - Clinton emails are not part of the election system.

June ’16 - DNC computers are not the election system.

July ’16 - DNC emails are not the election system.

July ’16 - Clinton’s private server is not part of the election system. 

Aug ’16 - Elected Democratics’ personal information and campaign committee personal info is not part of the election system.

Sept. ’16 - “ultimately the hackers revealed important information for voters.” Revealing information is not meddling. Reporters have done this for centuries.

Sept. ’16 - “they believe that Russian intelligence agencies are carrying out a plan to interfere with the election.” Aha. Now we are getting somewhere, except this is merely an accusation of something that may happen. 

Proof? Did it happen? I can point you to plenty of people who believe the world is flat. I can also point you to people who thought the world was going to end on a specific date.

Facts?

Oct-Nov ’16 - Revealed emails from people outside the election system is not meddling with the election. Reporters have been revealing emails since it was created. 

The Nixon Administration was brought down by revealing information people wanted to keep secret. I supposed by the standards of all the above, this is meddling too.

Oct. ’16 - Again, revealing emails from non-election system employees or election computers is not meddling.

Nov 16 - “Russia's purpose for meddling in the election was to sway voters.”

To sway voters is a Constitutional right. Does the Constitution apply to Russians?


“Even a quarter-century later, however, just what that decision actually means about extraterritorial reach for the Constitution remains a matter of considerable debate. The main opinion said that constitutional rights do not apply outside the country to an individual who had no voluntary links to the United States. But Justice Anthony M. Kennedy supplied a necessary fifth vote to make a majority in that case, and his separate opinion suggested that he thought that the specific context of each case might actually make the difference in the analysis.”

Can US law apply outside the US? Yes.
“ In 1988, Noriega was indicted by federal grand juries in Miami and Tampa on charges of racketeering, drug smuggling, and money laundering. “

“July 13, 2018 - The Justice Department announces indictments against 12 members of the Russian intelligence agency”

If US law can apply outside the US to non US citizens, then they must also be afforded protections of the Constitution, which includes the right to free speech. Free speech being something the US strongly advocates across the planet, at least until it goes against the US government-directed narrative. To attempt to sway voters is absolutely Constitutional.

Dec. ’16 - “Meanwhile, media critics question the Post's reliance on anonymous sources for the CIA report and advise readers to be wary of claims in the article due to the lack of publicly available evidence to support the spy agency's conclusions.” 

In other words, the Post could be making stuff up. It happens regularly, frequently and often. No, I do not trust them.

Dec. ’16 - Hacking into RNC computers is not election meddling. RNC computers, as with the DNC computers, have nothing to do with the actual election.


And so on.

You can't say that here

InfoWars, the major conspiracy website on the net and a hard right wing website is banned from Facebook, YouTube and Apple.

Founder Alex Jones, as you expect, is not taking this well. He is calling it censorship.

https://www.aclu.org/other/what-censorship

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

That second, luddites and geraniums, is the 1st Amendment. It says gummint cannot stop you from saying things. Yes, there are limits. You can't yell "MOVIE!" in a crowded... hang on. No. You can't yell "FIRE!" in a crowded movie theater.

Well, yes you can. And if you get caught, you will face criminal charges. You have to actually do it to be prosecuted.

FLIP SIDE


The flip side to the 1st is:

You have the right to keep yo' damfool mouf shut. No one can force you speak against your will. If they do, they face criminal charges.

No private company has to provide you space to mouth off.

Lemme repeat for the kids in the back row. You don't get to use someone else's space/place/bandwidth to shout your opinion.

Facebook, Apple and YouTube have the right to boot Mr. Jones off their websites.

I repeat for those expressing disbelief - Those three outfits have the right to tell Mr. Jones to stuff it.

I am TOTALLY Ok with Mr. Jones being hurled off the metaphorical cliff. If the policy is applied equally and across the board. That ain't being done.

(Side note, YouTube parent company Google is a building a censored search engine for China's use. I realize the real parent company is named Alphabet, but we all call it Google).

RIGHTS, LEFTS AND WRONGS


Mr. Jones is a conspiracy theorist to be sure. His conservative politics are as much a reason for him being booted as his nonsense.

You want proof.

FB, Apple and YouTube are also full of hard left wingers who spout similar nonsense, pack their words with hate and generally carry on in the same manner as Mr. Jones. In the search bar of any these Internet giants, type in the words "kill white people." There's your proof.

More?

Louis Farrakhan. Hate-packed music videos on YouTube. This'n probably slipped under your radar.

The most egregious example of far left wing hate is the hiring of Sarah Jeong at the New York Times.

Could provide plenty more, but I do not see the need to help spread hate.

Change the names in the spewed rhetoric and the message is exactly the same. Exactly. The. Same.

What is wrong in this? Those three outlets will let the far left maintain their social media presence. You won't hear a peep about the left wingers and their nonsense.

That is a double-standard and that is flat wrong.

Hate is hate.

We are all in this together and we need to start acting like it. Reject the hate from all corners and all comers.

Help somebody instead of criticizing them.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The more they change, the more they are the same

Heavily left wing communities are telling the heavily right wing federal government, "no."

https://www.wsj.com/articles/anarchy-breaks-out-in-portland-with-the-mayors-blessing-1533331454

There is pretty much no difference between this and the standoff out west with the Bundy Bunch.

Someone will now start screaming, "YES IT IS DIFFERENT!"

How? The someone above says, "The Portland protest was about treating people right."

As was the Bundy Bunch protest. They crew felt they were not getting a fair shake from the federal government.

It is exactly the same. The oil pipeline protest - exactly the same. The "Occupy Wall Street" protest - exactly the same.

With one major, glaring exception. See if you can tell which protest is which:

1) Charles Williams, a 62-year-old man who lives across the street, said someone threatened to stab him with an “AIDS-infected needle.” From his balcony, he saw the “thugs” begin masked street patrols. Others brandished sticks. Lisa Leonard, a 53-year-old disabled resident, said occupiers hit her on her head, disabled her electric wheelchair, and lifted her in the air when she complained about loud drumming.

2) The militants began to vandalize the property, which local community leaders characterized as an attempt to provoke violent confrontation.

3) Investigators found "significant amounts of human feces" at "two large trenches and an improvised road on or adjacent to grounds.

4)  But there is one undeniable--if temporary--legacy that the recently evacuated partisans ... have bequeathed: 30 tons of trash.

5) Cleanup crews have removed 48 million pounds of trash so far from the ... protest camp — and they’re not finished yet.

6) Protesters set a dozen fires near the bridge, police said.

Change the names. The story is the same. The truth is the oligarchy loves this kind of stuff. Divide. Conquer. The story line is eons old.

The sole difference is one claims to want less government, but actually screams for more. One wants more government, but screams when more government shows up. Cognitive disconnection, thy name is human.




What we are seeing is community, grass-roots reactions to an increasingly overbearing federal government. The nation tried this once before, for the wrong reason. Unless something fundamental changes, it won't work this time.

Those on the front lines would rather fight each other than fight the real enemy.

The reality is both wings are attached to the same bird and the bird tells the wings what to do.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Writer rap & a sodee

Is this the write life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a plot twist
No escape from this hole I dug

Open my brain
Look up to the screen and see
I’m just a writer I need more coffee
Because I’m stuck in writer’s block hell
Laptop power lights go off
Any way the dialogue flows drives me to my knees, my knees

MOMMA, just wrote a line
Tapped the letters on the board
Hit return now it’s done

MOMMA! Writing had just begun
But now I’ve gone and realized it was crap.
Momma OooOOoOoOoo,
Didn’t mean to whine so much
I’ll make this damned character behave.
Writing on writing on, as if this is all that matters.

Too late! I missed the deadline
My editor is pissed off
Got brain cramps all the time

Good bye social life. I’ve got to write.
Gotta leave you all alone and tell the naked truth.
Momma OOooOoOoOoo (any way the ink flows)
I doan wanna edit
Sometimes wish I’d never written at allllll!

I see a little style of Associated Press
Copy boy, copy boy will you do the line kerning
Red ink and errors very very frightening me
Gutenberg, Gutenberg
Gutenberg, Gutenberg I hate you!

But I’m just a po writer nobody reads me.
He’s just a po writer with an English lit degree
Spare him a buck and buy his next novel
Never easy come or go will you let me write
Writing muse! No, we will not let you write - let him write
Writing muse! No, we will not let you write - let him write
Will not let you write
Not never let you write let me write
Never let me write poooo
Sh-t, Sh-t, Sh-t, Sh-t, Sh-t, Sh-t, Sh-t
Oh mama Mia, mama Mia, my editor let me write
Strunk & White have a manual set aside for me
For ME
FOR MEEEEEE!

So you think you can edit me and make me rewrite
So you think you can censor me and leave me to cry
Oh editor, can’t do this to me editor
Just gotta write out, Just gotta write out, write out this line

Oooo there Oooo there
I finally got the line
Lemme write it down
This one really matters, really matters you see

Any way you wanna read it



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

This ain't Casper

Someone wants to throw you in prison simply because of what you know.

Folks, this ain't Casper. Nor is it the demon from The Exorcist. This is a fundamental issue that goes BEYOND the right to own a firearm or make firearm.

It is whether or not YOU should be allowed to have information.

Information.

Call it mind control and you are not far off.

Some people are trying to tell you what you may and may not know. They are trying to tell you what you can and cannot learn.

We've been fighting this battle for centuries. Sex ed in schools. Teaching religious texts in schools. Banning books in schoolsBook burning.

KNOWLEDGE TO THE PEOPLE

Knowledge is power. This is why repressive regimes first shut down the ability of the people to gather information. If you don't believe that or need proof, quit reading now. You may not be the enemy, but you are certainly allied with the enemy..

Some days the Internet is the greatest invention since Gutenberg came along and unleashed the power of knowledge to the people.

The press he invented opened an entire multiverse to the world. The Internet doubled down on that one.

This is a good, an awesome, a wonderful thing. Any time people have more knowledge, it is a good thing.

Except, as in the time of Gutenberg, some people resist. Why? It threatens their power structure. It threatens their grip on the world. It means they are no longer able to control you.

Today, I refer to the Defense Distributed company which has released plans for 3D printed guns.

GET SOME


Get you some, if the server is not crashing again. Make copies. Store it in many places. Visit Ghost Gunner for more plans.

You may never make a 3D gun. Get the files anyway. You may not want a 3D gun (which are pretty f'danging dangerous to the shooter!). Get the files anyway. This is information that makes some people, people who want to see you kept in the dark and repressed, scared.

We need to terrify them even more.

Get the files. I explain why above.

OFF THE DEEP END


It is driving gun grabbers past what I thought were the limits of insanity. This is terrifying to me.

Back most anything into a corner, as these people believe is being done, and that critter will fight to the death. Am I saying these gun grabbing and knowledge-preventers are willing to fight to the death?

They are willing to fight close enough as makes no difference. They are willing to make it illegal to possess knowledge. They are willing to prevent YOU from learning something. If you try and they manage to make it illegal, they will throw you in prison.

Imagine that. Someone wants to throw you in prison simply because of what you know.

WHAT YOU KNOW


This ain't about guns. This ain't about making guns. This is purely and simply about controlling how much you are allowed to know. Period.

Gun making is merely an excuse. Yes, it is. The efforts to restrict what people can know reaches back millennia. Again, if you need proof of this, I suspect you are on the enemy's side.

If it is not about the simple knowledge, then why are the people behind the "ban the plans" pushing to make this information illegal? Because the information may be used to make guns?

Make these Orwellian oligarchs even more worried. Buy a copy of  The Anarchist's Cookbook.

Your right to know is the absolute bedrock of a free society. Period.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Taxpayers on the hook Part Deaux

This time you get the WHOLE PR from the USDA. USDA and Ag Secretary Sonny "Elmer Fudd" Perdue are catching hell over this. Justified hell. Again my comments in green explain what is really being said. My comments are not my opinion, merely explaining.


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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:
SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S PLAN TO PROTECT AMERICAN FARMERS FROM UNJUSTIFIED TRADE RETALIATION
Federal and State Officials
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX): “Our president stood up to a bully and now he’s standing up for rural America. This is the right fight to have, but in the meantime, our producers have got to live, while this fight’s going on.”
It is mandatory for the US to bully other countries, but just like a bully who gets punched in the nose, that's simply not fair.

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL): “The actions and funding announced demonstrate that the President has not forgotten the American farmer and that agricultural producers will not bear the brunt of unjustified retaliation by foreign governments … I applaud President Trump for standing-up to China and other foreign government’s unfair trade practices. If our markets here are open to their goods then their markets should be open for American agriculture and manufacturing.”
HEY! China was supposed to lay down and enjoy the rape. This is not fair. Now to be fair, this is my opinion, China does have some unfair trade practices, but so does the US.

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND): “I am thankful our farmers and ranchers are now getting some specifics at my suggestion, but sad China continues to act in bad faith and thereby necessitates these extraordinary measures. At the end of the day we want trade not aid. I hope free fair and reciprocal trade is in our near future and look forward to more details as they roll out.”
How dare China play tit for tat. What is good for the goose is absolutely not fair for the gander. Someone stop this nonsense.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY): “By imposing tariffs on nations like China, President Trump is working to level the playing field between the United States and other countries that have taken advantage of us for far too long. From the start, we were assured that the administration would take appropriate action to protect industries, like our nation’s agriculture industry, that may be impacted by the tariffs. Today’s announcement is a win for the dairy industry as President Trump continues to put American interests first and fight for fair trade deals.”
#45 brings his personal business policies to government by bullying, threatening and in general behaving like a dictator. He believes he can force anyone to do whatever he wants. His only regret is he can't take China to court in the US and sue 'em until they collapse.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “This is a short-term solution to allow President Trump time to work on long-term trade deals to benefit agriculture and the entire U.S. economy. The President promised to have the back of every American farmer and rancher, and he knows the importance of keeping our rural economy strong. Unfortunately, America’s hard-working agricultural producers have been treated unfairly by China’s illegal trading practices and have taken a disproportionate hit when it comes illegal retaliatory tariffs. USDA will not stand by while our hard-working agricultural producers bear the brunt of unfriendly tariffs enacted by foreign nations. The programs we are announcing today help ensure our nation’s agriculture continues to feed the world and innovate to meet the demand.”
Wabbits. Shhh. Be vewwy vewey quiet. I'm hunting wab - Chinese. They are not allowed to shoot back because that is not fair.

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer: “President Trump is taking strong action, as he promised, to make sure America’s farmers and ranchers are not left to bear the brunt of illegal retaliation by China and other countries. The Trump Administration will continue to defend our economy from unfair trading practices and work to advance free, fair and reciprocal trade relationships.”
We're gonna hit you over the head with a 2x4 and you BETTER LIKE IT!

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan: “These three programs will allow the administration to continue to work on long-term trade deals. The end goal is to have an even playing field for our country’s producers.”
The goal is to prove #45 is always right and if you don't believe that you are an idiot.

Agriculture Associations
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The $12 billion package of agricultural assistance announced today by the administration will provide a welcome measure of temporary relief to our farmers and ranchers who are experiencing the financial effects of the trade war … We are grateful for the administration’s recognition that farmers and ranchers needed positive news now and this will buy us some time.” 
It's NOT SOCIALISM! Do you hear me? THIS IS NOT SOCIALISM! It's ... not socialism.

Alabama Farmers Federation Director of National Legislative Programs and Catfish Division Mitt Walker: “We appreciate President Trump’s administration recognizing the impact intense trade negotiations are having on U.S. farmers and providing assistance to weather tough economic times.”
Send more money. To us. Not anyway one. Damn freeloading welfare recipients.

American Soybean Association President John Heisdorffer: “U.S. soybean producers want to see President Trump succeed in meeting his trade campaign goals of achieving better trade deals and greater market access. And, we appreciate that he has recognized our loss in exports and lower prices and provided some immediate relief.”
He's doing something. It's not working, so we must have a bailout.

National Cotton Council Chairman Ron Craft: “We support the Administration for taking this interim action to help at least partially offset impacts until better trade relationships can be restored and improved … Our industry thanks Agriculture Secretary Perdue for exercising his authority to provide this much needed relief.”
This is NOT a bailout like the auto industry and the financial sectors got a while back. This is absolutely necessary. You can't eat a car or money. You can eat cotton.

National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern: “We appreciate the president following through on his pledge that America’s farmers won’t bear the brunt of the economic losses generated by the current trade conflicts. Today’s announcement reflects requests that our organization has made of USDA to relieve some of the financial pain dairy farmers are feeling due to lost export opportunities. We thank the administration for incorporating our recommendations.”
Never mind the fact that we have metric shit-tons of cheese in storage because we are already producing more milk than we can sell. We're special. We should not have to rely strictly on the market because GOT MILK?

National Pork Producers Council President Jim Heimerl: “President Trump has said he has the back of U.S. farmers and today demonstrated this commitment with an aid package to sustain American agriculture cutoff from critical export markets as his administration works to realign U.S. global trade policy.”
This. Is. Not. Pork. Barrel. Spending.

National Sorghum Producers Legislative Committee Chairman and Board Director Dan Atkisson:“National Sorghum Producers appreciates the hard work USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. officials have done to advocate on behalf of farmers through ongoing trade disputes. We respect the Administration for following through with their promise to stand by U.S. farmers, and we look forward to working with Secretary Perdue in providing much needed funds to sorghum farmers and other producers impacted by tariffs. NSP fully supports fairer and open trade and will continue to work with officials to achieve long-term trade solutions.”
Do you know anyone who eats sorghum? Do you know what it is used for? Do you know how valuable this crop is for national security? Then shut up and let people who do know make the decisions.

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen: “We appreciate the administration’s actions to help farmers who are indeed suffering as a result of recent trade disputes. Farmers are the backbone of this country who provide feed, food and fuel to consumers across our nation.”
Because f--k solar power. That's why. We need more ethanol.

Southwest Council of Agribusiness President Matt Huie: “We commend President Trump and Secretary Perdue for their strong leadership and real demonstration that our nation will stand by her farm and ranch families through hard times as we seek a free, fair, transparent, and rules-based trade environment.”
He's a Reboobican. That means this is all right. If he was a Damnocrat and giving these handouts to another industry, oh hell now.

In the News
All American farmers want is a level playing field: Agriculture Secretary (FOX Business)
 Fox Interview pic
Click HERE to watch Secretary Perdue’s interview with Maria Bartiromo.
Perdue on protecting farmers from trade fight with China (FOX News)
Excuse me. I did not mean to say wabbits earlier. I meant to say China is evil, food is good and #45 is great because he gave me this job.

Interview pic 2
Click HERE to watch Secretary Perdue’s interview with Martha MacCallum.
USDA Assists Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation (RFD-TV)
In case you did not hear me the first time, I'm not going to be on any network except Fox because they support #45, who is my boss. And we are not hunting wabbits.

Interview pic 3
Click HERE to watch Secretary Perdue’s interview with Sara Mock.
Is this Fox News? Wait. What am I doing here then?

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