Saturday, November 12, 2016

Here's how the dream went...

                                      Good Day World!

A poem for you today... 

In the dream…

I saw a trail of tears
Immigrants worst fears
For the next four years
Unscrupulous profiteers
And budgeteers
Backing electioneers
Who expand frontiers
For racketeers
From here to Algiers
All financiers of fear
Is the operating word here
Faster than light-years
These bullies and bombardiers
Are searching for volunteers
To beat up queers
And drink cheap beers
With their racist peers
Who have been around for years
Grabbing pussy’s amid cheers
These fact defiers
Who light the fires
Of fear
From year-to-year

I woke wondering how will America persevere?

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Trump Era Begins: Grab a Pussy and Praise the Electoral College

Good Day World!

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote (over a million voters), but lost the election when the Electoral College awarded Trump ten more delegates than her.

This is the same Electoral College that Trump has been saying is "rigged" and we ought to get rid of. I think he was right.

Look what happened. When he found out that he benefited from the flawed system he decried earlier, Donny Little Hands tweeted with joy.

When Americans woke up Wednesday morning they were stunned to see that once again the popular vote was cast aside (one million voters) and the contest was decided in the controversial Electoral College.

No surprise the hashtag #NotMyPresident has been trending. Americans have once again been cheated. Bush vs Dole was the last time the majority of American votes were nullified.

No other democracy in the world has a system like ours. And ours is flawed. This election proves it once again.

So now we get the Trump era, where anything goes for rich white folks and the common man loses his voice. Middle income earners will find themselves joining the ranks of the poor.

Meanwhile the state of California is looking at succeeding from the union. It's disenfranchised voters don't want to live in Trump's America.

Californians are not ready to grab a pussy or prosecute people based upon their color or sexual preference. California has 11 million residents and could become the 33rd largest country in the world if it goes on it's own.

Trump, the Divider, hasn't even been sworn into office yet and we already have a state preparing to succeed. Imagine what the next 100 days will bring?

Americans have been cheated for too long with our flawed version of democracy. 

I worry that the backlash from this election is going to turn violent, and the America that we once knew will no longer exist.

The Trump Era has begun.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Has Swedish Law Finally Caught Up To Accused Rapist Julian Assange?

Good Day World!

WikiLeaks founder and accused rapist, Julian Assange, will finally face questioning about sex crimes he allegedly committed four years ago.

An unusual arrangement to try his case was made between Ecuadorian and Swedish authorities who plan on questioning him November 14th.

An interview was arranged (at the Ecuadorian Embassy) with an Ecuadorian prosecutor, a Swedish prosecutor and police investigator, who will all ask him questions. If he agrees, they also want a DNA sample.

Seeing as how Assange has skipped being proscuted from three other cases of sex crimes - they expired due to statutes of limitation while the coward was hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy - it's important that the fourth case of rape have all the evidence possible.

Rape is rape.

Assange tried to get the case overthrown in September, but a Swedish court upheld it. Perhaps this lowlife, who has caused so many people grief, will finally get a taste of real justice. 

I can only hope.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Day of the Demogogue and the Death of Democracy

                                        Good Day World!

Valdimir Putin is dancing in the Kremlin today because his buddy Donald Trump got elected president of the United States.

The bromance is really on now.

I'm stunned and shocked. How could we do this to ourselves? Trump is the most unqualified president to ever invade the White House.

But slightly more than half of Americans voted for him hoping for change. They're going to get change alright...but not the kind they were thinking.

The rest of the world is watching with bated breath as Donny Little Hands snuggles up to the nuke button and grins.

The Trump White House will be nothing more than a big top tent for the circus ahead. Minorities are cringing. Waiting for Trump to come after them.

My disappointment is profound this morning. I feel like America has sunk to a new low here, and in the world's eyes. We've officially become a laughingstock.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Day Is Here: Pray for America!

                                         Good Day World!

I hope you are taking advantage of your right as an America to vote today. I voted two weeks ago (Oregon).

I'm looking for a record turnout of voters today. That would go to Hillary Clinton's advantage, as she appeals to a wider cross section of Americans.

The question people are asking is what will Donald Trump supporters do when he loses? The odds are he will lose, according to the most recent poll (November 7).

We know Trump's temperament now. He refused to say he would accept the election results when repeatedly asked by the press... unless he wins, of course.

If that sounds like a petulant 4th grader, it's because mentally he's still in grade school in a mythical time when America was great, and only white men ruled.

When I look at the one demographic Trump leads in it makes me nauseous. White guys my age. I have to add, under-educated whites, not ones with college degrees like myself.

Still, it's troubling to see how any group could support the demogogue known as Trump.

As a country, we need to move on from all of this hate and bitterness and wage a campaign to make America kind again! 

The world is watching.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Monday, November 7, 2016

My Birthday Wish Today: That al-Qaeda Doesn't Attack Any States

Good Day World!

I'm officially retired (I start get social security retirement) today at 66-years old.

Not sure how I feel about that. But something is really harshing my high right now.

The terrorist group al-Qaeda has threatened to attack New York, Texas, and Virginia today. I sure would hate to see that happen on any day.

The creeps united under ISIS have also been threatening attacks against our homeland.

It seems like the whole world is out to disrupt our presidential elections. 

Cyber attacks from Putin and his punks have razed hackles enough in Washington for the administration to plainly promise retaliation if any cyber attacks attempt to disrupt the elections today, or tomorrow.

I know peace on earth isn't going to happen today, or any day in the near future. Humans are just too quarrelsome for that possibility.

While I'm not thrilled to be an official old fart, I suppose it is better than the alternative!

Peace out! Please!

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Sunday, November 6, 2016

FaceBook Follies: Fighting Misinformation and Hackers Out to Ruin Your Day

Good Day World!

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother doing the FaceBook thing.

My account was hacked by some creep last week who tried to scam my friends and family. 

Most caught on to the fake account created by the hacker, but there was at least one family member who was on his way to withdrawing money to send to the hacker (who he thought was me).

Thank goodness, he called my wife before stepping foot inside his bank to withdraw money, and she set him straight. The pitfalls of being on FaceBook are very real.

Hacked FaceBook accounts are a growing concern as scamers get more sophisticated.

Some ways to tell if your account has been hacked are:
  • Your name, birthday, email or password has been changed.
  • Someone sent out friend requests to people you don't know.
  • Messages have been sent from your account, but you didn't write them.
  • Posts are appearing on your timeline that you didn't post.

In addition to hackers you have to be concerned about misinformation dumps. They're popular. Here's a study that finds people like the wrong stuff on social media better and why.

The most popular post spreading misinformation claimed Zika virus is a "fraudulent medical hoax" and was viewed more than 530,000 times. It was also shared with more than 19,600 people.

What's really disturbing is that the websites or videos that are spreading this misinformation are trying to take the focus completely away from the issue.

Something to consider about this new study; by only evaluating popular posts, it may have underestimated the spread of misinformation by people online.

FYI:  two-thirds of U.S. adults use Facebook and many get their news from the website.

The bottom line; as long as people don't check the credibility of information this problem will never go away. 

Time for me to walk on down the road..

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Koch Brothers Bring Out The Big Guns To Fight Election Transparency

                                        Good Day World!

Those zany billionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch never let up on their attacks against transparent democracy. 

Their latest assault on truth, an anti-corruption measure (Measure 22 or IM-22) to be voted on in South Dakota's upcoming elections, is par for the course. 

The last thing the Koch boys want is transparency in elections. Both are believers in "dark money" and other nefarious ways to rig elections.

The state-wide initiative was launched by a bipartisan group called the South Dakotans for Integrity. If passed, South Dakota voters may finally have some way of knowing who is bankrolling those big money ads before an election.

But not if the Koch's get their way. They've gathered a dark empire of billionaires and millionaires intent on controlling the country.

I'm not a conspiracist. I don't think Climate Change is a Chinese plot. I believe president Obama was born in the United States.

What I'm sharing with you are facts about how the Koch brothers and other wealthy elite types are subverting democracy and the common man's best interests.

Remember, knowledge is power. By shining the light of truth upon the Koch brothers and their cronies, you send them scurrying into the shadows.


Koch Funding of Universities Shrouded In Secrecy

How Scott Walker and The Koch Brothers Are Making Wisconsin Corruption-Friendly

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, November 4, 2016

Horse Sense, Exorcisms, Navel Contemplation, Love, a Naked Society, and Visine

Good Day World!

I allow my brain to wander freely throughout most of the day like a horse grazing on a grassy knoll.

I chew on wandering thoughts and sometimes write them down. 

Odd thoughts. Scenarios off the beaten path.Trivia so trivial that it doesn't bare a good conversation.

Like Visine for your eyes. I don't question that it works for redness of the eyes, but I am wondering how sales are going these days?

What? Think about it. Marijuana is becoming so widely used in America that people no longer have to hide their stony red eyes.

That must account for a decrease. I can't see (pun intended) how it wouldn't.

In order to purge ourselves after this nasty presidential election, there should be national bonfires containing election signs and mass exorcisms!  

If I believed half of what's being fed to me via the mainstream and social media, it would be time to shave off all of my hair, don a burlap bag, and hike barefoot to the nearest mountain top to contemplate my navel.

If everyone walked around naked, social classes would disappear and there would be less sex crimes. Or, there would be a lot of mass orgies!

One more thought.

Love is not a meme. Real love is a gift from one person to another. 

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Divisiveness on Nearly Every Topic/Issue is Defining our Society Today

                                      Good Day World!

Americans can't seem to agree about anything.

Most of us are shell-shocked by the dirtiest presidential campaign in our history. We've never seen two major party candidates that are worse than the choice we have to make on November 8th.

But the devisiveness doesn't stop there:

A football player who kneeled in protest over treatment of blacks in our society during the National Anthem has caused waves of hatred to reverberate thoughout the country.

One side saw it has a constitional right of expression, and the other saw it as anti-American and unpatriotic. 

From the serious to the sublime, Americans can find a reason to disagree.

Take the latest Starbucks controversy.

Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks is being attacked because it unveiled a new "Green Cup" yesterday that was meant to symbolize unity ahead of the election.

Some people on Twitter threatened to boycott the company because they felt the new cup design was "political brainwashing" and "liberal bias."

Others were upset that the Starbucks cup did not carry a stronger holiday message and accused them of attacking Christian values.

I wish I was making this story up. It's embarrassing to realize our society has sunk this low that we fight over every minutia in our daily lives.

It's no wonder most Americans are stressed out. Not only have we lost the ability to compromise, but we've also lost the ability to laugh at ourselves.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Shameful Suppression at Standing Rock Should Be Stopped

                                       Good Day World!

If it isn't the federal government violating native American rights, it's corporations like Energy Transfer Partners shoving a pipeline down their throats.

Since August, native Americans - water keepers - have been trying to stop the progress of the Dakota Access Pipeline from polluting their sacred grounds and water supply.

But North Dakota Republican, Governor Jack Dalrymple, declared war on them and misused an inconspicious law to enforce a corporate agenda.

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) was created 20 years ago by President Bill Clinton. He signed a bill into law creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. 

It wasn't intended as a tool for corporations to use, but Gov. Dalrymple was't fazed by that little fact. He declared an emergency (Peaceful protestor alert!) and enacted EMAC provisions.

That meant a law used for empowering states to respond to massive hurricanes, and in particular, Hurricane Andrew, which caused nearly $25 billion in damages when it hit Florida and Louisiana in 1992, is being used to stop a peaceful protest.

So, local law enforcement got help from six other states - Wisconsin, Indiana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Nebraska - who were sent to Standing Rock armed with assault rifles, body protection, and armoured vehicles to deal with peaceful, unarmed, protestors exercising their rights.

This abuse of power happened only once before when EMAC took on Black Lives Matter protestors in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.

The connection of political clout and greedy corporations has never been more apparent than what's happening at Standing Rock right now.

Here's a touch of dark irony; the original route for the pipeline was rerouted due to environmental concerns. So, essentially the federal government and private businesses decided to go through native American land to appease other, statistically white residents.

Compare what's happening to the native Americans peacefully protesting in North Dakota with what happened when a group of armed white men took over a federal building on a Bird Sanctuary in Oregon.

The armed white occuppiers destroyed property inside the building, and outside when they bull-dozed over native American burial grounds.

They went to trial and were all let off the hook by a sympathetic white jury. What do you think would have happened in North Dakota if the native Americans were armed there?

Not hard to figure out is it? There would have been a one-sided shoot-out with heavily armed "lawmen" and armoured vehicles, against civilians with small arms.

A massacre. 

This show of power in North Dakota is shameful. How could anyone with a conscience back greedy corporations polluting our environment and violating the rights of native Americans...once again?

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Like I said, 'Putting Up A Fence Is A Declaration of Fear'

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