Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014!

Whoopee shit. Yes yes one of those "feel good" nonsense days where everyone claims to love the earth, says all the right things, turns off all their electronics for an hour or 3 and goes out to gab, join hands with their neighbors and sing kumbaya..

Normally on this day I do a whole bunch of things to spit in the face of the earth but..today? *shrug* just too much effort. I don't have anything down from the freezer, so nothing to cook on the bbq pit, making whatever meat I cook scream in agony and the fire gods laugh with glee. Can't afford a monstrous water bill so no leaving the water running non stop and washing both vehicles with evil chemical cleansers,  seeing as how I washed them sunday.   OTOH a great many of the lights and electronics in the house are running full tilt boogie.  The front and back yard got cut with that evil fossil fuel powered lawn mower.  Oh the screams of pain coming from the grass and bugs was music to my ears. got the same thrill when I weedeated but alas...not for as   long and not as much.  Oh I did make my tree scream by trimming back some of the branches a little. still got more to go.  So my "Spit upon earth day" anti earth day campaign wasn't a total wash out. 

What are you prepared to do today?

Remember TANSTAAFL and...|

I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Epiphany...dude it really ISN'T racism!.....

It's speciesism......oh fuck. The fact I came up with this in the wee hours this morning because I was awake, being upset and depressed....makes me feel like I just set loose a ball of carnivorous worms in my skull and I can feel them eating my brain.  Dude...not even drunk or hungover[though I'd reallllly love to be the former right now given the way I feel] and I came up with this?  Ow...just ow. *groan* oh god...


Okay lets see if I can get this all down.  And yeah I'm probably gonna piss off a bunch of people.  Anyone who's read this blog knows that I argue that what most people call racism, is in fact tribalism.

Differences of opinion and wars between tribes of people. To reiterate.. tribes exist in various forms...at it's base, tribe is family.  In the macro it's nation. and there are almost as many types and sizes of tribes in between those two, as there are stars in the sky.   A slight exaggeration to be sure but you get my point.  Which in point of fact would make me a tribalist and a nationalist. OTOH those descriptives cover pretty much everyone on the planet. But what if it's something else in confluence with that? Species.  People, even some who agree with me about a great many things political will say "how can it be tribe with the genetic differences that say...make blacks way more susceptible to certain diseases?"   Okay here's my answer. Sub genera of the same genus or...sub species...slight genetic offshoots of the same species.  In other words. the Different "races" are still as I believe, tribes but they are also separate but equal offshoots of the same SPECIES.  The one we ALL belong to...Homo sapiens. Therefore...I dub thee  Homosapiens sub genus epicanthic[asians for the epicanthic folds of their eyes.]  Sub genus africus[blacks], sub genus latin [latin descent...yeah I know that one makes too much sense and is too simple. stillll]  Sub Genus Sahara[arabs...though they could probably fall as a sub set of the sub genus africus]. Sub Species caucasus. [white folk] Sub genus punjabi [indians and related tribes] Oh and sub genus...well crap...still need one for the American Indian..I don't know....sub genus Navajo?  Why that? Why not?

So in addition to being a tribalist[and a member of several different tribes at that..some occasionally at odds with one another]  and nationalist bastard; I'm also I guess a speciesist. Or maybe that should be Specieism and Speciest.    Has your head exploded yet?  No?  Oh well..I feel better. I don't feel like carnivorous worms are trying to eat their way through my fucking skull anymore.  That was the important part.

Now I have another problem...if I've carried this to a logical conclusion as I think I have....I think...
[okay I can hear the chuckles from some of my friends about the double "think" now. HUSH! this is as much an emotionally cathartic exercise for me, as much as anything else.  the fact I also think it's a weirdly fascinating mental exercise not withstanding]

  Then does that mean that I just gave logical justification for the belief of the all the mad bad buggers of history and current world orders, such as hitler for one example and slavers for another...that certain types of people are "sub human"?   Cause that thought path bothers me a bit.  Okay more than a bit, because I'd hate to give those dictatorial fuckers justification for their insanities and atrocities.  Sigh...shit I think the worms just came back.................*groan*

'truly amazing and terrifying  the mind of the wolfish one is'

Oh for those that wonder what set my brain off like this...being basically told that I'm a racist,  or rather what I was saying was racist. Which normally doesn't bother me. As it tends to be the cry of people with differing political philosophies than I, that I argue with on the web. Who cry "racism" because the only  possible reason I or anyone else can dislike and disagree with everything Obama has done, is doing is because he's  black.  *flaming snort of disdain* Which ignores the real reason I detest him.  He's a lying, disingenuous, fork tongued, incompetent bumbler who is doing things I vehemently oppose because well...they are WRONG as far as I'm concerned. Except this time I was told what I was saying was racist  by some one I care about very much.  Which ignores the fact I'm part irish and part german. Which means my Irish ancestors were quite possibly slaves themselves at one point. or my ancestors fellow irish were. And were abused by their government or a foreign one at some point.  I give you the 'Potato Famine',  people, go find a BOOK at the library and read.   *rubs skull*  Come to think on it, probably some of my germanic ancestors were as well. Sorry folks who call "racism" and regurgitate the evils of the "white man against the black man".  Whites were enslaved right along with blacks, asians and every other skin pigment on this rock;  and LONNNG before this country was born. Before the concept of this country was even a gleam in our founders eyes. Hell before our founder's FATHERS were gleams in their own daddy's eyes.



Edit 4/20.  You know......I wrote this a MONTH ago and I just came back to re read it. I think I set the carnivorous worms loose in my brain again. Fuck!  Editorial note ..a caustic, sarcastic,  cynical son of a bitch I will freely admit to being, but DAMN!  Happy  Easter!

Remember TANSTAAFL and...

I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

STOOPID kids.

Okay fellow germs and virii. I'm...perturbed.  [Shut up basset!]

There was here in Texas the other day a shooting of a 17yr old male.  Why was he shot? well lets just reel off the highlights shall we?
A. he was in the bed of the 16yr old  daughter of the man that shot him at 2 in the fucking morning.
B. He had a gun being held on him and was told not to make any moves.
C. he moved...father shot him..

Wait? more detail?  Okay here's what we know so far.
1. The father was woken up by one of his 3 sons and told that there was noise coming from the daughters room.
2. Daddy grabs the gun to go check it out.
3. Upon entering he witnesses strange male in bed with his daughter.
4. When asked if she knew him the dimple darling daughter replied Nope.
5. 17yr old male told NOT to make any funny moves.
6. Apparently he went to reach for something and the father, reasonably...shot him.
7.  It now comes out that...
a. Daughter in fact DID know the lad in question because
b. he was her "boy friend"  So she let him in. So...
c. because she lied to daddy, that boy is deader than the home cooked cheeseburger that graced my plate for dinner night before last.


Is anyone mad at the daughter for lying?  2answers to that . some are. the rest? Nope the rest are all decrying the "ebil" gun owing father who was doing, he thought, his goddamn job and protecting is daughter and the rest of his family!   He didn't know the 17yr old lad in question. For all he knew the lad when he moved was going for a weapon of his own.  Therefore...for my money, fully justified shooting for what information he had at the time!

Someone on a friends facebook post about this commented that both daughter and father should be charged with manslaughter.  Uhhhh...how about....... NO!  Again, fully justified shooting for what the father knew at the time.

Couple questions come to mind.
If that lad was truly her boyfriend...why hadn't the father met him yet?
Had anyone ELSE in the family been intro'd to the boyfriend?  Like saayy...mommy? [who was according to reports, at work.]
How long had they been 'dating'?

See,,,way I was raised...at some point in the dating process, preferably early...I'm gonna end up introduced to the ladies family.   Now I never did any dating in high school was a shy fat kid who was bullied alot. So I didn't see any reason to put myself out there to be hurt more.  If I had dated I'd have fully expected to meet at least SOME of her family when I picked her up for our first date, or 2nd date, or 3rd etc.....not be invited into the house and into her bed at 2 in the goddamn morning! OTOH I don't think I'd have been out and over there that late anyway, so the boy is as guilty of stupidity in this case as the daughter.


So again...for my money, the girl is directly responsible for her "boyfriends" death. So is he, but he's already paid the ultimate price for his and her folly.  I wonder how the boy reacted to her telling that lie to daddy, right then and there. Betrayed? Understanding because he didn't want her getting into huge trouble with pops?  Welll we'll never know the answer to that one now. Will we?

So to finish up, if she hadn't lied to daddy the boy would still be alive. He may very well have been handed a beating, and a talking to in the process between blows as was his due at that point, but he'd still be alive.  The girl would have probably been grounded for a good long while, but she wouldn't now have to live with the catastrophic results of her stupidity.  If you find my attitude strange let me put it another way.  Sorry...you do NOT lie to your father because you don't want to get into trouble/grounded  when he's holding a gun on your "boyfriend" goddammit!!!

Remember.....TANSTAAFL and...

I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.










Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spoiled Brat? yeah probably but..

Interesting case up Jersey way. an 18yr old is suing her parents for private school tuition, her pending college fees and legal fees engendered by her lawsuit of her parents.

Now she claims her parents threw her out of the home upon her 18th birthday

Rachel Canning claims she’s been out of her parents’ home since her 18th birthday, Nov. 1, after her parents vowed to cut her off “from all support both financially and emotionally.”

However her parents say she threw a temper tantrum and stormed out of the house and they've since cut her off because of her inability to abide by the "house rules" of her parents. Which...most parents have in one form or another.

Sean Canning says the athletic, brainy teen refused to follow the rules of his home, like being respectful, doing chores, coming home by curfew and breaking off a relationship with a boyfriend the parents dislike.
Okay...the 1st 3 rules of the house mentioned aren't that heinous.  Sorry kids...but it's for your own good. I never had to worry much about rule 3 because well..I was never one to go out with friends because frankly..I didn't really have any.  As for rule 4 which is really an ultimatum not a rule. 1. why do the parent's dislike the boy so much? is he abusive? manipulative?  Maybe he's a player and their girl is to far gone in love to recognize or acknowledge it?  Or is it just a case of "no one is good enough for daddy's girl"?    I'm not a father but I am a doting, protective  uncle and I'm already trying to figure out what I'm gonna do with the bodies of anyone who hurts my nieces.  I'm leaning towards the purchase of a large industrial grade woodchipper at the moment.

Further muddying the waters of this little brouhaha...



Further complicating the matter is Rachel Canning’s allegation of domestic abuse last October and a teacher who witnessed the teen and her mother engaged in a rough conversation that ended in a nasty way.
But Sean Canning, furious that the family feud has reached the courts, claims a Division of Child Protection and Permanency representative visited the family home and found Rachel was a “spoiled” and petulant child and ended the investigation


So there was an allegation of abuse and CPS came out and investigated? And concluded that the girl is just a spoiled brat?  Hmmmm

And then there's this bit?

The Morris Catholic High School senior and lacrosse player instead has lived at the Rockaway, N.J., home of a classmate, whose father, John Inglesino, has foot the bill for the suit.


One wonders why her friends father is footing the bill of this lawsuit?  Call me a cynical, suspicious son of a bitch if you want but...this makes me...a tad uneasy.  Note the latter statement is again coming from a doting uncle who's nieces have had him wrapped around their little fingers since they were born, and I'm still a tad suspicious of this.

Now frankly?  if she did walk out in a snit as the parents contend? I'd have probably not cut off the tuition for the kid's final year of high school. I'd have  paid that off so she can finish her schooling if she hasn't already and let her go on her merry way.   Then there is the bit about them diverting the funds they'd put aside in an account for her college?  Shrug. One guesses that the money in that account was provided for by the parents and not her from the sounds of it, therefore it's still their money.  Now if it was a trust fund set up in her name that she couldn't touch til a certain point...I'm not sure what the law on that would be.

If as she contends they threw her out? Then yeah she might have a case. However at 18 you are legally and adult sooo..I don't know.

I've got multiple questions about this brouhaha that ain't been answered and might not be for the forseeable future...so I'll reserve judgement.

Oh! the link to the article! duhhh. sorry about that.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/n-honor-student-sues-parents-cut-age-18-suit-article-1.1709440


Remember, TANSTAAFL and....

I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity
 


 


 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Considering...

my current mood, the title of my blog,  the title and lyrics of this song.....

I find this song an appropriate post to this here blog.


http://youtu.be/2duoO3ejfWU

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

From the We don't want your guns file.

I'm worried boys and girls. And a bit scared. Only a FOOL wouldn't be with what's happening in the news lately. Perpend......

Now last year Connecticut...the state legislators and the Guv...passed and signed into law a bill that required registration of weapons and magazines before the law made some of  them illegal to own.  In the wake of that...the press and the gov't of connecticut acted all shocked and shaken and shit over the the fact that 10's of thousands of gun owners REFUSED to register their weapon in open defiance of this asinine, unconstitutional diktat.  That law lads and lasses stated that all owners of "military style" weapons had until Jan 1st 2014 to register those weapons and get the state to recertify them to own the weapons by issuing an "assault weapons" certificate which would allow them to keep said weapons.  Any magazine over 10 rounds is summarily banned and all of the; what we would call "standard capacity magazines" [ie anything over 10rounds]  also needed to be registered.


http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/17649-connecticut-gun-owners-ignore-registration-deadline



And now drops the other shoe...as the connecticut gov't in the guise of the state troopers send out the first round of confiscation letters to 106  AR15 owners that failed to make the deadline, and one hundred...15 I think it was, magazines registered..Now have a choice...


1) Render the weapon/magazine inoperable;

2) Sell the weapon/magazine to a licensed dealer;

3) Remove the assault weapon/magazine from the state; or

4) Make arrangements to relinquish the weapon/magazine to a police department.

 Oh did I mention that Everyone who failed to register can now be convicted of a class D felony?  Class D is the low end of the scale.  Punishable buy between 1-5years in prison and up to a $5000 fine. One assumes this is per count[per weapon or magazine in this case] making it stackable and the time spent in prison long and the fines possibly ruinous.

http://americanlibertyriders.ning.com/m/discussion?id=3899508:Topic:551747


This is a blatantly unconstitutional, anti 2nd amendment, anti FREEDOM law.


They [the gov't] are going to use[and probably will from the beginning] SWAT teams to do raids. Doing property damage, possibly nflicting death on family pets protecting their owners and killing gun owners whose only "crime" was to freely exercise their constitutional rights and refuse to kow tow to  government[both local and federal] that's becoming dictatorial. 

Here's hoping pro RKBA advocates challenge this law and the confiscation in the state and or federal supreme court.

What's going to be interesting is how the Connecticut gov't handles basically being told to fuck off and die.  What's going to be more interesting is how those who told the government to fuck off and die and those that missed the deadline...are going to handle this going forward.For my money?  Barring the state being jerked up short by a lawsuit...and depending on how the government and the cops handle this...[probably badly at a guess, they've already proven they're terminally stupid by passing these laws] and how the gun owners respond?
  shit just may very well get...REALLY interesting.

You think I'm crazy?  Let your finger tips do the walking in which those same SWAT teams that are going to be used for this, have been doing the same thing on drug raids, for miniscule amounts of marijuana, or how the left has a new toy called SWATTING in which they call the cops on someone they don't like or disagree with politically and tell the cops some horrible story[that is flatly untrue be it that they be drug dealers or child abusers etc etc] Unlike a friend of mine..who thinks we're a little farther off from another civil war.  I think that whatever happens in Connecticut will possibly be the proverbial final straw that breaks the camels back.

Like that same friend though..I agree...the results of that final straw are going to be extremely ugly.  See if this kicks off the next civil war, then it won't be like the last one folks.  This won't be large armies on the field of battle and the stories of heroism and stupidity on both sides[and there was both on both sides of that war] oh no.  THIS time boys and girls it's gonna be guerilla warfare. It's going to last a good long while. It's going to be snipers taking out gov't officials, sneak raids on government offices, car bombs, bombs in government offices, police stations and probably military posts where the soldiers don't shoot their own commanders for giving the illegal order to make war upon their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins etc etc whose only crime AGAIN was to exercise their constitutional enumerated and protected rights.  There will be no middle ground in this fight., no sitting on the fence.  If you sit on the fence you'll be considered an unaffordable liability and an enemy by BOTH sides. Just to give you a few examples that friends and people I trust use because they are known of by people. This is going to be like Beirut. This is going to be like Afghanistan when we aided what would become the taliban/al queda, in throwing out the Russians. This is going to be like Ireland, both in their fights against the british; AND against themselves via the catholics and protestants.  Except this won't be happening on some far off shore, in which  the people will be distanced from it and read about in the papers or watch it on the news, like some TV show drama. Oh no boys and girls this...THIS is going to be on our own soil. Our own goddamn doorsteps! 

What rises from the ashes of that free for all is also disputed. Some hope for a resurgence of freedom and honor and personal responsibility such as it was in our founders time. I know this...it will NOT be the America most of us my age grew up in as children. It won't be the country our parents and grandparents grew up in.  For my money? We will either end up as a region of balkanized states. Some of which may follow the founding principles, many which won't. A region that will constantly be at war with itself because those that follow the guiding principles of our founding fathers will be beacons and those who would do what connecticut and california and New York are doing will not be able to STAND to have those shining examples of the exact opposite clusterfucks that those 3 afrorementioned states are examples of.  [IOW for those that have read the series...The Ashes, aka Ben Raines series written by William Johnstone....without the nuclear detonations in some place and the cannibals. And yes the criminal element is going to have a BALL]
The other option? We'll end up a tyranical nation as a whole. Either militarized and aggressive to a fare thee well against other nations, and an  EMPIRE in truth.  Orrr... a tyranny such as Venezeula, or the old USSR {Soviet Russia for those that failed miserably to pay attention in history class] and other communist nations.




Remember...TANSTAAFL and...

I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.





Monday, February 17, 2014

Random post

I know, I know. I'm slacking off. But with some of the stuff going on right now, including multiple surgeries and doctors visits for my mother...just ain't got a lot of time to give you the ranty goodness ya'll deserve. Hopefully [please god!] things will settle down by the end of the month, to the point where I can sit down and do a couple more rants.  Seeing a lot of interesting stories on the 2nd amendment front so maybe another one from the "we don't want your guns" file will be done.  I don't know. We'll see what sets off a spark.  In the meantime here's a link or two to some of my older posts.

http://kindwordand2x4.blogspot.com/2011/03/energy-independence-fossil-fuels-jobs.html


One of my favorites to this day..

http://kindwordand2x4.blogspot.com/2011/04/common-sense-august-3rd-2008.html

Monday, February 10, 2014

CONgress at it again via Sheila Jackson Lee

My fellow Texans?  Ya'll ought to be ashamed you put this harpy, this, this...pimple on a donkeys ass, into the congressional seat she now holds in unearned splendor.  Frankly, not to put fine a point on it, this swarthy warthog, shouldn't have been elected to her husband's seat on the Houston City Council, lo those many years ago..

What brings this on?  Other than a healthy dislike for the unhonorable guttersnipe?  I will tell you.

Sheila Jackson Lee in concert with others the other day, in a news conference announced a new caucus in the congress, that bloated maggot ridden corpse of a once at least semi honorable body of people.  The Full Employment Caucus.  This caucus' number one goal?

"“In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders — draft them, of course — and ask the president to stand with us on full employment,” Jackson Lee added".

Yes she's actually saying that this caucus will write up executive orders for the president, for him to sign. *head....* Nope....not gonna do it.  I need to print out a picture of this idiot and put it on my dartboard.  Either that or I need to do some gaming and get my mad out.


Uhhhh...Sheila you idiot?  Doing thus, is NOT in point of fact in your job description.  Anywhere.


Along with her on this "Caucus" this Board of Assfaced baboons are..
Rep John Conyers-  Now why does that name ring a bell? I'll have to look after I finish writing this

Rep Maxine Waters- Now THERE's a surprise....not.
Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Jose Serrano, and Rep. Mike Quigley.

This is what's wrong with our country boys and girls.  This and the stupid sheep among the voters who keep putting these kinds of imbecilic diktat writing, tin pot dictator wanna be's in power.


Here's the full article, short as it is

http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/04/sheila-jackson-lee-writing-executive-orders-for-obama-to-sign-our-number-one-agenda/


Remember TANSTAAFL and....

I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

We don't want your guns file.

Hello Germs and Virii.  Here's a few of the anti gun idiocy that has passed upon your curly wolfs facebook wall just this morning....


Here we have a doctor who isn't happy with the passage of the Missouri 2nd amendment act which

invalidates federal laws that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms (which would presumably be every federal gun law), and subjects those enforcing such laws in Missouri to fines and up to a year imprisonment.

provide for school teachers and/or administrators to be designated "school protection officers," authorized to carry firearms to protect the school from attack

lower the age of eligibility for concealed carry permits from 21 to 19

preempt local restrictions on openly carried firearms; protect medical personnel from any law requiring them to inquire about a patient's firearm ownership; and ban firearm possession by illegal aliens

Some of course aren't happy with this..

Like Dr Robert Flood
"
But Robert Flood, a pediatric doctor at St. Louis University and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, said the bill is written under the mistaken concept that more guns lead to greater safety.
“Children are more likely to die by firearms in states with lax gun laws,” he said. “Rather than being used for self-protection will be used on other people [um, actually, Doctor, when guns are used for self-protection, they're generally used 'on other people'] .”


Again friends, "it's for the children!" is the cry.  Sigh *headdesk, headdesk, headdesk*

http://www.examiner.com/article/mo-2nd-amnd-preservation-act-decried-by-man-who-wants-constitution-superseded

*Note the author of the article I believe supports the Mo 2nd amendment act.  He certainly treated the doctor with scorn in this article


Then there is the following gross stupidity from Illinois...

http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/25301892-418/school-officials-are-no-fans-of-gun-ban-signs.html


Yes because obviously law abiding citizens who own guns and have CHL's are too stupid to understand that teh little vinyl sticker means it's "illegal" to carry a gun on the school/restaurant/whatever's  premises.   The fact that it is proven again and again that that sticker disarming those who would be armed is the reason "mass shootings" taking place in those venues is of course, something that goes in one ear and out the other. Goes over their heads, or has a hard time getting through the skull of someone with the bone density of solid granite!  Irony is lost on these morons.


Then finally for todays "nope we don't want your guns file there's this one..from our enem...errrr I mean our friends over at Al Jazeera.


It starts out BADLY in the title for the article with this..

Americans cannot continue framing gun control laws in terms of infringement on their freedom.


*Yes some moron actually started an article with those words. 


Ayup be afraid. be very afraid because it only gets worse from there



http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/01/will-come-our-senses-gun-control--2014175211183342.html#comment-1231804662

 






Remember  TANSTAAFL and...


I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity..



 


Monday, February 3, 2014

Author David Gerrold..."Lets Talk"

Mr Gerrolds "discussion" will be in regular font.  My responses shall be in italics.  Now...without further ado...let us begin shall we? Mr Gerrold posted this to his facebook wall which friends and fans promptly shared, and some of their friends and so on and so forth.
*Note for any new people. I'm going to be my usual uncharming self, yes there WILL be cussing involved. Probably not as much as I'm prone to usually.  If this offends your sensibilities, I understand.  I don't really care but I do understand.

I want to start a different conversation. Very different.

How different Mr Gerrold? if you mean without all the name calling and back biting that WOULD be nice.  Yeah,  I know readers...mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima fucking culpa.

Think for a moment about the current state of this nation.

Uhhhh I do. Every day. I rant about it constantly actually. Alas no one pays attention. Except of course those  by and large who feel as I do. *shrug* preaching to the choir an all that.

The majority of Americans are not fright-wing teabaggers.

Whoa! Stop right there!  I thought you wanted to have a different conversation Mr Gerrold. So pray tell me?  How is your "discussion" going to be different from any other discussion I get involved with, with those on the "left"  when you start out this way?  Seriously dude? So far, I don't see the difference.

The majority of Americans are not even conservatives, do not consider themselves republicans. In fact, the republican party is losing members. Many in the republican demographic are relocating to cemeteries. Others are losing patience and declaring themselves as independents.

Mr Gerrold? The fact that people are leaving the party is not a sign that they aren't conservative. Just a sign that they are sick of a republican national committee, that is every bit as back room dealing, back stabbing and underhanded as teh "chicago machine" inspired, democrat party.  Believe me, I was NOT happy with what was done during the last  couple presidential elections...by EITHER machine.


Nevertheless, we have a republican-dominated congress committed to obstructing the functioning of the federal government.

Whoa there Mr Gerrold.  Republican Dominated Congress?  Uhhh no. The Dems control the Senate while the Repubs have marginal control of the House. Dominated my aching hairy ass.   Verily Mr Gerrold let me ask; Do you remember why we have 3 branches of government?  I do. Calling it obstructionist just means in this case you don't agree with the Republicans.  For once...they were doing their goddamn job. Acting as a check and balance on an executive branch that's growing ever more...used to having it's own way and over exercising[to put it mildly] it's powers and reaching in ways it was never meant to.  How have they done this? Forex....Filibusters. Both sides have done it.  2 very well known ones recently...probably the only true filibusters of the last couple decades. Wendy Davis here in Texas in teh Texas state congress and Ted Cruz in the federal one.   I'll be blunt, I don't like Wendy Davis.  However...she stood up for what she believed and filibustered...in favor of a subject that makes me want to puke.  Ted Cruz did the same thing on the federal level and the reasons for his were even more worrisome...in that I wish he hadn't had to do the filibuster.  To try to get people's attention to a subject that should worry everyone.  The difference is Wendy Davis, was praised as a hero. While Ted Cruz has been cast as the ebil "obstructionist" tea bagger. *snort* hahahahaha, Oh man that's FUNNY shit right there!  NOT.



They have seized power by gerrymandering and denying voting rights. They have repeatedly lied, misrepresented, misdirected, and propagandized. They have worked to convince Americans that we cannot trust our own government -- a government that was designed to be by the people, of the people, and for the people ... and accountable to the people.

Uhhh who seized power by gerrymandering districts?  Newsflash the Dems are just as, if not more guilty than the repubs. Notice I'm not saying repubs haven't done it...just that Dems do it more. Generally along  color and culture lines.  Propaganda? ROFL  It's only in the last year or two  that some [very few] in the Progressive Propaganda Ministry have started asking questions that Fox, Breitbart and tons of other independents and bloggers and citizens have been asking since the beginning of Obama's term in 08.  Oh wait...you probably don't know what I mean by the Progressive Propaganda Ministry, or the PPM for short.  So let me explain. The PPM is what I call the Main Stream Media, The big 3 Networks, networks like CNN and MSNBC,,,, also the far left leaning blog sites like slate and Daily Kos, Mother Jones and others.  Very rarely do they question anything Obama or the Dems in congress do. They go out of their way to NOT ask questions that others are asking.  They are in short owned, used, abused and trained lap dogs for the Government. Another bunch of useless fuckwits who've forgotten what their purpose is.


The robber barons and the corporations have bought our electoral process, have seized control of our media, have distracted us with phony issues to keep us from noticing that they are polluting our air and our water and our food, crippling the working class, and punishing the poor, all while further enriching themselves and putting the burden on our backs.

Again...how is this a different conversation Mr Gerrold?  Right down the progessive bullet point list.  So far this "different conversation" is as predictable as the rising and setting of the sun.


To be blunt, we are living behind enemy lines. Our schools and libraries are being diminished, our colleges are being made too expensive for working class families, health care costs have risen drastically. The minimum wage has not kept pace with the cost of living.

Yep still bullet points.  However...how are our schools being diminished?  If you mean more and more people are electing to send their kids to private schools or electing to home school, then yes...they are to a small extent.  As far as libraries?  It's a function of technology. As a Scifi aka speculative fiction, author...you SHOULD understand this.  More and more people are going electronic. Therefore more and more of the information they need is in that medium so they don't need to go to the libraries.  I like both forms, dead tree and ebooks but...space is valuable so more of my stuff is going to ebook form. 

Being nostalgic for the fifties isn't misguided. In the fifties, the corporations paid their fair share, the richest salaries in the nation were not exorbitant and outrageous, and you could live on the minimum wage.

Generally it's "conservatives" who are supposed to be pining for the old days. Those same conservatives get ripped by the the tolerant "peace and love' liberals  for wanting to bring back segregation, no abortions, unless they were back alley ones and an end to civil rights.  Ahh but you do it and all the sudden it's not misguided it's a return to the Golden Age?  Sure it is. and horses will dance and pigs will fly, and giant birdies will shit gold bricks from the sky.   Seriously?  I wouldn't mind the latter...lord knows I, like a great  many others could use the money.  Just have to keep a weather eye on the sky so you don't get pole axed by a gold brick.

What we have lost -- more than anything else -- is the ability to curtail the power of the corporations, and those who would buy our electoral process. We cannot even depend on our news media to tell us the truth, because the ratings-obsessed media is more interested in Justin Bieber than the revolution in the Ukraine.

Oh I'll agree with you on the media in part.  I was more than a little disgusted by the lack of coverage in the PPM of the current revolution under way in the Ukraine. Hmmm I wonder if they aren't mentioning it because the government doesn't want us, We the People, to get ideas.  We might as was stated long ago...

"that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."


During the sixties, we experienced a cultural revolution. We had a powerful civil rights movement. We had a powerful anti-war movement. But the leaders of those movements were assassinated and we returned to politics as usual and the gradual creeping control of corporations and robber-barons.

We won't even go into how I feel about the 60's save to say that outside of music, they are the polar opposite of yours.

This year, these mid-term elections will be critical. And so will the presidential election of 2016. No, we're not going to get the perfect congress and we'll never get a president who lives up to everyone's hopes and dreams.
Lets talk about that perfect congress.  The Democrats have had marginal  control of it since 2007, when Nancy Pelosi took the speakers gavel. At that point things really started moving down hill rapidly.  Fast foward to the 08 elections in which with Obama winning for president and many more seats being turned over to the democrat; the democrats had uncontested control of 2 of the 3 branches of government.  Iron fisted control of all 3 houses. White, Senate and Representatives.  What did they do with those two years Mr Gerrold?  Did they pass a single budget? Which is, you know, one of their main jobs?  Nope..they couldn't be bothered because now that they had teh power they figured they could do anything they wanted.  They also figured what "We The People' wanted, mattered not one whit because they were the ones with the power...not us.  Sadly the worthless whores have forgotten who they fucking work for. 

But we do need pragmatic men and women who have a genuine vision of a future that works for all of us, with no one and nothing left out. We need a congress and a president who are willing to work together to actually solve problems and not beat ideological horses to death while collecting six figure salaries for doing nothing.

I'm guessing our definitions of  pragmatic are two different things.  There is no such thing as utopia.  It's a lie, a fairy tale told to children. There will always be those that suffer. Always be rich and poor. There will always be those that for one reason or another are as you say "left out". As far as the last half of your statement? Dude I've been screaming about those salaries for many a year.  Oh did you hear several years back they tried to vote their spouses retirement packages?!   You might have because as I recall , that one was actually covered in the PPM.  I'd like to cut their pay, alas it's covered and protected by the constitution. They also seem to vote themselves automatic pay raises every few years. Something else that pisses me off to no end.  We also need "term limits"  one, maybe two terms then back to your old regular life. "Politician" should not be a  career goal, it should be, and is to me, a CURSE  and a bad word.


In the fifties and sixties -- even into the eighties and nineties -- republicans and democrats worked together to achieve compromise and consensus. We made progress. Sometimes it wasn't fast enough, sometimes mistakes were made -- but the processes of negotiation worked. Our government worked until two things happened -- until one political party declared that "government is the problem" and allowed the radicals and the fanatics to believe that outright obstruction was preferable to solving problems.


And here we're just gonna part ways again. 1. progress isn't always a good thing...depending on what we are progressing on or in.  As to the second bit? Because frankly government IS the problem.   We are supposed to have a "limited" government. What we have now and for the last couple decades is so far from that we might as well be living on either another planet or a parallel universe.

If our electoral system truly represented what the majority of American people want, need, and believe in -- there wouldn't be a lot of republicans in Washington DC. Not because there's something wrong with conservatism, but because there's something drastically wrong with what those who call themselves conservative have become.

Ahhhh...see you started this whole thing with insults an a huge assumption. Now you're still being insulting and you're making an even larger assumption.  Remember the old saying about assumptions and where they lead?

If you're still a republican, look around -- look at the people who "lead" your party, who supposedly speak for you. Rush Limbaugh? Really? Fox News? Really?

I've covered that in part in my response involving the RNC.  Rush? You know what irritates people  so much about Rush?  Is that he can predict with 90 someodd percent accuracy EXACTLY what a liberal is  going to say or do.  Fox?  Again back to the PPM...at least Fox is a tad more honest than the PPM.

Look at the candidates. Sarah Palin? Chris Christie? Mike Huckabee? Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? Paul Ryan? Do you really think any of these people have the kind of character to address the problems of working class Americans? Really? The top echelons of the republican party are so out of touch with reality that they have no idea what's really happening in our nation.

Actually I like Sarah Palin.  I think she'd be awesome.  Christie?  You couldn't give him to me gift wrapped.  Huckabee?  I like him better on the tube as a commentator than a politician.  Cruz? He's not perfect but better than most of the alternatives, especially those alternatives on the "left".  Etc Etc.   The top echelon of the "republican party"?  Try the entire US fucking government, with bloody few exceptions...is out of touch with reality.  Which is why the government needs an  axe taken to it. Okay for my friends out there that like things that go BOOOM!...I wouldn't object to high explosives being used to do the pruning.   Daytime explosions only please lads and lasses.


Here's what we need --

We need to invest BILLIONS in education.

WE invest more than any other 1st world nation out there with the exception of...Sweden iirc; in education. Try again.

We need to invest BILLIONS in infrastructure.

That one I'll grant you, but outside of interstate highways and bridges...that one is the sole responsibility of the states and the private corporations. The latter in the case of the railroads.

We need to find ways to make college accessible for every American.


Not really Mr Gerrold. See not everyone NEEDS to go to college. This is the great injustice that is being, and has been  perpatrated on the young. People are all different. some learn different. You can't expect to shove them all in a single box labeled "college" and expect good results.  A great many can and do benefit from simple Vocational or Tech schools. Why does everyone need to go to college?   Frankly we need to bring Vo-tech training back to schools as optional courses. As for it getting more expensive...they keep getting more and more expensive as more and more gov't dollars are made available to pay for it all.  Hence pricing those who don't want to pay extortionist prices out of it.  
 
We need to raise the wages of our troops, we need to expand their benefits.

That one we agree on.
 
We need to find ways to make home ownership accessible for working class families.

Hmmm yes and no. Get the government out of the way, so the businesses come back and make the training available and you don't need to make home ownership more accessible to "working class families" via government interference.  Because the working class will be able to afford it on their own.
 
We need to raise the minimum wage.

Not only no but "are you out of your fucking mind?" No.  I have friends with family still back in the land of Oz[australia] Minimum wage for a great many jobs is at teh $20 mark. One of the sons of a friend makes $22 an hour washing dishes yet can't afford to live on his own.  He lives with 4 other people.  Another one makes $24 an hour and still can't live on his own.  This is the future you envision? 
 
We need to close the tax loopholes on corporations and bring the offshore jobs back home.

No we need to reduce the regulatory burden so it's as cheap or cheaper, or at least somewhat worthwhile to bring those jobs home.  We also need to train for the jobs that will still be with us as well as the jobs of the future...not the jobs of the past

We need the 1% to pay their fair share of taxes.


Oh for  fucks sake!  Seriously?  What would you consider fair?  I suppose you want to raise the rates for the higher earnings brackets to upwards of 70-90 percent?    Horseshit.  I got a better idea. You want to TRULY  be fair Mr Gerrold?  Fine lets toss the current tax code. I have 0 problem with that. Lets replace it with an across the board flat tax. No deductions...period. Lets keep it simple to level the playing field shall we? No unnecessary complications.  Everyone pays the same percentage every year. It doesn't get deducted from their pay checks each month.  That 10% gets paid at the end of the year out of their accumulated earnings for the year.   THAT is the definition of truly fair,  Fairness however is sometimes a vindictive bitch because that would have the side effect of raising what the lower income and middle class pay every year.   However I'll get the  true satisfaction of saying, when people complain about the very rich or even mostly rich "what the fuck are you bitching about? they pay more in a year than you'll pay in your entire life,  shut the fuck up"  It can also be applied to the just moderately well heeled, the small business owners and entrepeneurs.  "What the fuck are you bitching for dude? those people will pay more in one year than you'll pay in the next couple/several years."    Still you wanted "fair" and a way to make sure the "rich" pay their fair share, there it is.  Don't bitch to me if you don't like it because it IS fair.
 
We need to end the social security cap.

I got a better idea, get rid of social security and let people be responsible for their own planning for the future.  SS has destroyed this in a great many people the last couple generations.  Including the "younger" generations now, the 'millenials". 

We need to make sure that SNAP benefits and unemployment benefits are strong enough so that people can feed their families and keep their homes.

No. I have a better idea. Streamline the job finding process.  Oh and leave that to the states. For the states, and counties, know best what is needed job wise in their areas.

We need to deal with the immigration issue fairly and compassionately.

I am sooo not going to go there because that statement just supremely pisses me off.  If you think this issue pisses me off, talk to people who actually emigrated LEGALLY and went through the system.

We need to invest BILLIONS in research and development -- medicine, space, energy. We can do that by providing tax breaks and other incentives across the board. The return on that will be enormous.

No...not entirely.


And finally -- we need to stop vilifying whole classes of people as a justification for using the law to punish them.


I really wish you'd have been more clear here. Given more specifics rather than a general broad brushstroke. You didn't so, oh well.  Oh and with that wonderful statement about "fright wing teabaggers"   aren't you vilifying an entire class of people?  Does the phrase Disingenuous Hypocritical Douchbag hold any meaning for  you Mr Gerrold?  
 


All of these things listed above will accomplish two things -- first, it will create jobs. (Don't take my word for it, open an economics book, a history book, and see what happened every time we did that in the past.) And second, it will expand the gross economy of the nation, giving everyone a larger slice of the pie.

No, the democrats do not have all the answers, but at least they're making a sincere effort to address these issues. Right now, the republican party has yet to put forth a realistic vision, let alone a workable plan. In 2012, they campaigned on jobs. Where are the jobs bills? They voted 40 times to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, but they didn't vote on a single jobs bill ever.

 Mr Gerrold.  A?  Creating jobs is the job of the private sector, and the people, not the governments.  B. The government can help this a little bit by keeping regulatory burdens low and staying out of the goddamn way.
 C.  When we're in a situation like now, when the Government sector provides as many or more jobs than the private sector?  The "government" is doing it exactly ass backwards to the way it's supposed to be done.  Government is inherently evil in as far as there is such a thing.  Our founders understood that, but they also understood "some" government was a necessary evil. Hence why they set it up to be a "limited" government. As I stated earlier we're so far from that it's fucking ridiculous.  Our founders are probably fairly restless and annoyed if there is such a thing as an after life.

D.  There were "jobs bills" proposed by the "republican" house. I looked at them. Some were crap. However....A couple of them actually probably would have been worth something. Guess what happened when they got to the Dem controlled senate?  They died on Harry Reids desk.  Like a number of actual proposed budgets, passed by the house.


So the rest of us have to regard the upcoming midterm election as critical. We have to make sure we get out and vote. The republicans are going to stir up their base because they want to keep control of the house and take control of the senate. We cannot let that happen. We saw what they did under Reagan/Bush and Bush Jr. They looted the national economy. We cannot allow that to happen again.

Newsflash Mr Gerrold..  Again, who held the seats in the houses when it REALLY started to get stupid ridiculous? 

We are living behind the lines. We have to be the resistance. And we have to use every weapon we have.

Yep you keep saying that, I don't think that means what you think it means.

We have to register to vote. We have to encourage our friends and our families to vote. If we can afford it, we have to donate to the candidates we care about. We have to volunteer our time and energy. And we have to vote.

By all means...talk to people about doing their civic duty, hell the personal responsibility of registering and voting and getting peripherally involved in the process that way or even more involved. *Shrug*  Makes no never mind to me. Although I'll state lack of involvement all around is part of the problem.

But most of all -- for the nine months we have to confront every lie they float. The robber barons are going to spend more money than ever on propaganda, lies, and misinformation. Every time we hear a lie, it is an invitation to tell the truth. It is more than an invitation, it is an obligation, it is a mandate.

Ahh you mean like confronting the lie that Benghazi was about a youtube video?  Calling your own to task for making truly STUPID comments, that kind of thing?

Browse through the comments here on FB and elsewhere -- and you'll see a lot of crap posted by paid shills, designed to push the national conversation, designed to intimidate those who want real solutions. Don't buy into it. Don't buy into it. Fight it. Resist it.

Hmmmm so someone who disagrees with you is automatically a paid shill?  Hmmm...interesting.

The robber barons can buy everything but our votes. And the only way we're going to break their stranglehold on our government is by speaking up.

Oh I do speak up. Although I tend to be preaching to the choir.

Note...you say you want to start an actual conversation, and then go straight to insulting the people on the other side of the argument?  FAIL.  Now if you wanted to start a conversation about what an asshole you're being...then by all means. you succeeded in that Mr Gerrold.



Okay boys and girls.

Remember TANSTAAFL and...


I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.