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Saturday, August 1, 2015

In an Alternative Universe: President Trump and his Cabinet

Editor’s Note: I’m taking Sunday & Monday off, but will be back on Tuesday August 4th.

                                     Good Day World!

Donald Trump recently said he'd "love" to include former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in his cabinet if he is elected president. That got me to thinking, what if he were elected president – even if it was in another universe?

Try this on for size:

President Trump and his new cabinet:

Chris Cristie was selected because he was fatter than Trump and wouldn’t upstage him in photo ops. Plus, he’s bald and won’t compete with Trump’s toupee.      

Sarah Palin will be the Secretary of the Interior because of her concern for the environment (motto - Drill Baby Drill).

Michele Bachmann will be the Secretary of Health and Human Services because of her backround in women’s reproductive rights, and claim that Terri Schiavo was healthy when she was in fact brain dead.

Rick Santorum will be the Secretary of Agriculture because he believes weed should be illegal everywhere and that Jesus wouldn’t approve of pot like he does of alcohol (wine).

Mike Huckabee as USA Ambassador to the Mission to the United Nations because he has been "to the ovens." 

John McCain is the Secretary of Defense. His motto can be bomb, bomb, bomb Iran and anyone else because bombing should always be the first line of defense.

Ted Cruz is Secretary of Homeland Security because of his concerns about the Canadian border not being secure from illegal immigrants.

Scott Walker can be OMB, Dept. of Labor and Small Business because he has shown how to go from a slight surplus to a few billion in debt in Wisconsin.

As crazy as this administration soundsit would probably be a hit with with some conservatives today. Now that’s scary.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Friday, July 31, 2015

Another Assault on Obamacare Fails – 49 More to Go?

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For those of us who need a reminder of what stupidity is:

Stupid is trying to do the same thing over repeatedly, and expecting a different result each time.

Enter senate Republicans.

They planned on using a must-pass highway bill to try to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Senate rejected a GOP-led amendment to repeal ObamaCare that fell several votes short of a 60-vote threshold to advance.

For the record, the House has voted more than 50 times to repeal the health law in full or in part. You’d think after this many rejections the GOP would get the idea. But no…

The takeaway:

Republicans are willing to let our infrastructure continue to crumble in order to repeal a health care law that’s provided over 8 million people with insurance who wouldn’t have been able to afford it.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who leads the Senate’s ACA Works campaign, blasted the Senate’s vote.

“Repealing the Affordable Care Act has no place in a discussion about the highway bill. It's time for Republicans to move on,” he told reporters afterwards.

This marks the first time the senate has tried to repeal ObamaCare since Republicans took control of the chamber in January. Let’s hope we don’t have to suffer through 49 more doomed attempts to match The House record of 50.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hunting for food is one thing, hunting for ‘sport’ is another!

Local authorities allege that Cecil the lion was lured from a protected area and killed in early July, and Zimbabwean conservationists said Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 to kill the lion. Two Zimbabwean men are scheduled to appear in court for their role in the hunt. (Screen grab from YouTube)

                                       Good Day World!

I don’t see anything wrong with hunting animals to eat. While I’m not a hunter, I can see the rational behind killing an animal to put food on your table.

It’s the hunters who kill just for the so-called sport of murdering an animal that disgust me. They hang animals heads as trophy’s of their one-sided hunts. They take pictures next to dead animals to show what tough guys they are.

What really riles me is hunters who pay to kill protected species like lions. An American tourist recently killed, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death.

The two men have been arrested for poaching. They weren’t real guides. And as for that hero who shot Cecil the lion, he’s back in the states with Cecile’s head and skin hiding somewhere right now.

Big game hunter Walter James Palmer, a dentist in Minnesota (who closed his doors after this incident), has killed other protected species in the past.

Palmer who has a felony record in the U.S. related to shooting a black bear in Wisconsin, is being sought on poaching charges, but Palmer said he hasn't heard from U.S. or Zimbabwean authorities yet.

Laury Parramore of the Fish and Wildlife Service said the agency is "currently gathering facts about the issue and will assist Zimbabwe officials in whatever manner requested."

According The Associated Press, citing the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, the dentist was also the subject of a sexual harassment complaint settled in 2006. He admitting no wrongdoing and agreed to pay a former receptionist more than $127,000, the AP said.

He was also convicted in Minnesota court in 2003 for fishing without a license.

The takeaway:

As long as you have enough money you can get away with anything. Even murder.

It’s sickening to me to see this dentist whose dreams are nightmares for unprotected animals. One can only speculate how many small animals he murdered while growing up.

If it’s that hard for the guy to get an erection (must kill something big) he should be taking little blue pills for the problem – not hunting animals.

I don’t see a sportsman in Palmer. I see a coward collecting animal parts to boost his ego.

Related:

Cecil the Lion's Death by Walter James Palmer May Result in 10 Cubs Killed

Time for me to walk on down the road… 

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jailbird PAC Formed to Help Conservatives

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Seems like everyone is jumping on the PAC bandwagon and forming new ones these days.

Perhaps the most unique PAC formed yet is the brainchild of a convicted cyberstalker and extortionist. You gotta ask yourself, who would donate to a PAC being formed from a prison?

The only thing I can think of is this PAC is for people with extreme ideologies and the ability to turn a blind eye to criminals as long as they follow the conservative brand.  

This article from the Center of Public Integrity explains what’s happening:

“For the first time, a super PAC is being masterminded from behind bars.

Adam Savader this week formed Second Chance PAC — it may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections — even though Savader himself can’t vote. That’s because Savader is serving a 30-month sentence in federal prison for cyberstalking and extortion after pleading guilty in November 2013 to the crimes.

A budding political activist who attended The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Savader had previously volunteered for the 2012 presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

Around the same time, Savader was hacking into women’s email accounts, stealing nude photos of them and threatening to publish the pictures unless they sent more, according to court filings.

Several campaign finance lawyers, normally a tough bunch to surprise, said this appears to be the first super PAC set up by a jailbird.” (source)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

About Trump Bumps, Calling Competitors Chumps, and GOP Lumps!

Satire: The imaginary history of Donald Trump’s previous runs for president.

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It’s a hot summer full of Incinerating political comments.

The great race to select our next Commander-in-Chief started like a small brush fire, but quickly became a full-on forest fire when Donald Trump declared he was running for president.

There’s nothing inspirational coming from any of the candidates. Instead would-be voters are invited to sit back, eat popcorn, and watch trumped-up dramas unfold like soap operas.

Donald Trump who owns the headlines is burning the Republican brand like an arsonist armed with a flame-thrower. The GOP is withering away under the extreme heat caused by Trump’s racist and anti-POW comments.

Fellow Republicans are turning on one another like piranha - either defending or attacking The Donald. Jeb Bush, a front-runner is suddenly losing ground to Trump. He seems dazed and confused. Reminds me of his brother.

Trump has dumped on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, John McCain, Lindsey Graham to name a few.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz is trying to get attention by emulating Trumps bombastic style.

Trump gets a bump in the presidential polls right now in some primary states, but the numbers are meaningless. As are all the national polls right now.

You just have a group of people who don’t mind being polled a year before elections, and a good percentage of them are pissed off at the status quo. As for the general electorate, they’re sitting back and watching the circus/popularity polls.

From the fires a new president will emerge…

What could possibly go wrong?

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Monday, July 27, 2015

Town Creates Magna Carta for Animals, Giving Them Rights

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Big news today for animals.

And animal lovers.

Trigueros del Valle, a small town in Spain, has voted to give dogs and cats the same rights as their human owners. The town is the first in the world to extend such rights to animals.

The bill also bans bull fighting, and “any action that causes the mutilation or death of a non-human resident.” Bull fighting has long been a hot topic in Spain amongst animal rights activists and there is hope that this landmark ruling could spread to other towns.

MEANWHILE BACK IN THE USA

For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively rendering the animals as legal "people" in the eyes of the law.

New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe said that the apes, held at Stony Brook University for research purposes, are covered by a writ of habeas corpus — a basic legal principle that lets people challenge the validity of their detention.

According to Science, the judge who said that a pair of chimpanzees were covered by a writ of habeas corpus has amended her court order to remove that wording.

The chimps fate awaits a final ruling.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Something New to Worry About When You Get in Your Car

                                         Good Day World!

I never thought I’d see the day when I would have to worry about traveling in a car.

I’ve been driving for 50 years and always considered it the best way to travel. There’s a lot of good memories gathered on road trips across America.

Frankly, I’ve always loved cars. They meant freedom to see new places. Drive-In theaters were the best places for cars to gather when I was growing up.

So it’s sad for me to admit that I’m concerned about some new vehicle technologies. They pose hazards you should be aware of.  

What’s happening is automakers are adding new technologies to their vehicles at a prodigious pace, everything from radar-controlled collision warning to advanced infotainment systems.

They're also opening up a number of new channels into the vehicle, “noted Saar Dickman, CEO of TowerSec, an Israeli-based firm developing automotive security technology.” (source)

Experts point to the new 4G LTE systems offering cellular connectivity that Chevrolet, Audi, Chrysler and other manufacturers are adding.

Then there are channels normally open to satellite radio broadcasts that could be hacked. Even the tire pressure monitoring systems now required for all new cars potentially could be used to gain entry into a car's complex computer network.

DID YOU SEE THIS?

The risk was highlighted last week when hackers gained access to a 2014 Jeep Cherokee driven by a reporter for Wired magazine.

WHAT’S BEING DONE?

If vehicle security followed the conventional path, motorists would have to sign up for anti-spam and anti-virus software similar to on their desktops, laptops, and even tablets and smartphones.

But as recent hack attacks on online retailers like Target and even seemingly "hardened" systems like the Pentagon have shown, that approach is less and less effective.

Several alternative security systems are under development. But as of this time, there’s nothing to be done – with the exception of vehicle recalls like Chrysler had to do with 1.4 million Jeeps after that reporter from Wired magazine exposed their vulnerability. 

I can’t help but feeling uneasy with the dangerous possibilities these new innovations are bringing to my driving experience.

Related:

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Connected Cars from Hackers

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Let’ Share – What Are Some of Your Daily Rituals?

                                     Good Day World!

I have daily rituals.

You may relate to this one:

One of the first things I do when I wake up is to put on a pot of coffee.

Without my morning caffeine fix my brain stays stuck in first gear. It takes two cups of Joe to facilitate the transformation from near zombie to a functioning person.

I think, in all fairness, what I have is an addiction and a ritual.

Rituals are a feature of all known human societies.

They include not only the worship rites and sacraments of organized religions and cults, but also rites of passage, atonement and purification rites, oaths of allegiance, dedication ceremonies, coronations and presidential inaugurations, marriages and funerals, school "rush" traditions and graduations, club meetings, sporting events, Halloween parties, veterans parades, Christmas shopping and more. (source)

Another ritual I have:

When watching my favorite pro basketball team, The Los Angeles Lakers, I do this little thing with my hands to jinx the opposition when they’re taking free throws. Just before the shooter releases the ball, I shake my hands violently (in fantasy theory distracting him).

The crazy thing is I try not to overuse this tactic because if it comes to crunch time I want my mojo to be strong!

So what daily rituals do you have? C’mon…we all have them.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Friday, July 24, 2015

Coming Soon: Wal Mart Shoppers in Texas Openly Carrying Weapons

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Call me silly, but I’m just not comfortable sitting in a restaurant with people openly displaying pistols and assault-rifles.

When I think about how easy open-carry laws make it for nuts of all kinds to shoot people, I have to cringe. Someone as crazy as a loon can buy a weapon and walk around with it in public places now in Texas.

Please don’t tell me loons don’t “legally’ buy weapons. Happens every day. Especially in Texas, a mecca for anti-government and general conspiracy theories where backround checks to buy weapons are a joke.

The loons had to hide their weapons before. Now Texas has made it that much easier for wack jobs to “off” people in public settings by overturning a 145 years-old law.

That prohibition ended last month when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that made it legal to openly carry weapons on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state.

Some hailed the new law (fringe elements), and others (the general population) are simply not comfortable with it.

That’s the reason why an iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties when the law goes into effect next January.

Whataburger — with some 780 locations in 10 states – president and CEO Preston Atkinson said many employees and customers are "uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm."

Duh…no kidding. Not too many people enjoy eating in a room full of weapons on display. Doesn’t do much for anyone’s digestion.

Especially when some pro-open carry advocates bring military-style assault rifles into businesses to make a point. That action prompted the Chipotle restaurant chain to discourage firearms on their premises.

Whataburger's decision is expected to pave the way for other restaurants to enact similar policies that will further limit where gun owners can openly carrying their beloved firearms.

But what about other private businesses? Imagine people strolling through Sears carrying semi-automatic rifles?

You want scary? Imagine armed Wal Mart shoppers!

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mean memes, Propaganda Memes and Funny Memes

Weenie loves the grass

Good Day World!

Not all memes are created equal.

A meme a day won’t keep the doctor away.

Great memes don’t all think alike.

Funny memes make us laugh (see photo of 2 dogs).

Propaganda memes reflect the worst in our society by spreading lies. For example I found one meme floating around on Facebook that was totally faked and full of hate. It centers around the Benghazi  controversy and the murder of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

The meme on the right is one of many particularly vicious one’s regarding the ambassador’s death. It is also completely FAKE.

He was overcome with smoke inhalation while trying to flee the burning compound and was discovered by some civilians who took him to Benghazi Medical Center where he suffered a cardiac arrest and doctors were unable to revive him.

His body was never desecrated and was shipped back to the states where an autopsy was performed before being turned over to his family.

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Then there are mean memes. This one of an overweight little boy is just one example of what’s being thrown about in social media sites.

Overweight people are a common target for mean memes.

Political memes can also be extremely mean and have become a common fixture in any election. It seems being mean is very popular.

Time for me to walk on down the road…