Friday, July 22, 2016

"Stranger Things", The RNC And Cha Chi; "The Boy Who Drank too Much"

I really really wanted to watch the Republican National Convention. All the pageantry, patriotism and smart discourse from respected and respectable leaders. Just thinking about the policy debates and intelligent ideas on foreign policy and the economy, made me want to call Comcast and get a contract for a bundle costing as much as a monthly car payment. Just knowing the governor from my own home state of New Jersey, a place he's always too be busy to be, was almost enough to seal the deal. Until I found out there was going to be an installation fee for cable that was already installed, it's just my luck. I couldn't justify that outlay of cash. I couldn't make cable great again. Sigh.
Just thinking about all the single available men that would be attending the RNC, might have been enough to make me jump in my car and take a road trip to Cleveland, until I found out Craigs List Cleveland was exploding with M4M hook up ads requesting escorts and or "company." Why can't a girl ever catch a break? Oh well, nothings better than cozying up with my tablet, hopefully catching someone's livestream. There were plenty of opportunities for the lunacy.
In between streaming "Stranger Things" and the RNC, I am not sure which monster was scarier! "Stranger Things" has a monster in it that can *SPOILER ALERT* grab kids, or anyone I guess and take them into another dimension where it's very hard for their parents to find them. Weirdly enough, I felt like the RNC had transported me to another dimension too. A dimension where a scary sugar daddy type guy was going to make everything great again. His kids even said so! You have to believe kids right?
Eric and Andrew Trump & Friends Photo by
Especially when they are his advisers. These brave sons facing leopards and buffalo out in the wild. Well, you don't have to tell me about their courage under attack. Which makes them qualified to help their dad when it comes to making national security decisions, after all, they know what it's like to be in danger, when there's nothing but you and maybe five others to help out, but STILL it's YOU and a leopard, and it's not going to be the leopard that comes out on top. The son's of Trump aren't going to let leopards be great again. In a struggle against the wilds of nature, Trumps aren't going to get Trumped! It's the same in the wilds of Cleveland, where it was every politician for himself, I didn't see many women politicians, wait, were there any female politicians speaking? I wonder if they skipped it for "Stranger Things" and Chardonnay, but I digress.
I couldn't really watch much of Christie, he's scarier than that demon thing on "Stranger Things", with a bigger appetite. This is when it got almost as good as any scary movie when there's a witch that has to be dealt with. Like that movie, The Conjuring, witches are just plain scary and Christie must be pretty scared of Hillary's supernatural powers of evasion There was a lot of superstition and Ben Carson said the L word; Lucifer. That's scary alright. Next, I was wondering if someone was going to get out a Ouija board or call in an exorcist. Choices, choices. "Stranger Things" wasn't looking half as strange as what Cruz decided to do. He did not endorse Trump. Why? Because Trump hurt his "fee fee's" by saying mean things about his family. Once again,  the "L" word was trotted out by none other than, the retired to the Lake of Fire, John Boehner former Speaker of The House!
For me the highlight had to be my "Happy Day's" crush Scott Baio a/k/a Cha Chi, a/k/a 'The Boy Who Drank Too Much" It's okay Cha Chi, I would drink too much too with all that pressure! You can go here and play the fortune cookie game with Cha Chi's speech you just say "like my career" at the end of his sentences. For instance "Folks our country now, is in a very bad spot. Like my career"
 I was up to episode 7 of "Stranger Things" by the last night. I missed Ivanka promising me that her daddy would see to it I got paid as much as a man. I missed The Man With A Ferret On His Head tell me he was going to make Everything OK Again. I'd rather watch Winona Ryder deal with a monster on my iPad, than an Orange Man telling me stories about how great things were gonna be. Again.
Do yourself a favor, watch "Stranger Things" especially when it's time for the DNC and Hillary.                                                                                     

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mission Accomplished!

Is there anything more cringeworthy than watching Georgie dancing at a funeral for five slain police officers? The first excuse I heard for this inappropriate behavior was the 'Happy Christian" excuse of he's just happy because he believes these deceased police officers are in heaven. That's some spin. I am Christian too, but I would know better than to do something that mortifying on a solemn occasion. The next excuse; he's off the wagon and he's drunk. Nope. I have seen inappropriate childlike behavior like this before on solemn occasions.
This looks like dementia to me, however, his ability to focus that long on a speech wouldn't be possible. Was Reagan capable of giving speeches like that with his Alzheimer's?
Notice, how there is no concern for others, just rock out to the choir like it's normal, it's not! He delivered his speech with plenty of smiles. Weird, maybe it's not dementia, maybe it's cognitive dissonance and he's a psychopath.
I have had the misfortune of meeting  a couple of psychopaths, one takeaway with psychopaths is inexplicable behavior. They do the oddest things. Most psychopaths aren't mass murderers, but George W. Bush is. Even though it looks like Michelle Obama was uncomfortable he kept at it, like she and his wife wanted to be arm swinging fools along with him. Shows a serious disregard for those around him. It's nothing personal, he just doesn't have the same behavior as normal people, especially in situations like this. Psychopaths are usually the life of the party, or in this case, the life of the funeral. They get bored easy, and I am sure W had enough and was ready to let loose with his dance moves. I mean everyone feels like doing some arm pumps at a funeral right?
The reason psychopaths are so scary is that they can seem normal, it's just that they can't control their impulses, like, say, dancing at a funeral. Most psychopaths don't want to murder you, they don't care about you at all. Kind of like serial rapists in the entertainment industry.
In times of war you need people who are incapable of feeling another person's pain. I guess that's why George went and declared war on a country that didn't do anything to deserve it, killing hundreds of thousands of people.
 He's got no problem showing up at events because he never feels any remorse for what he's done. That people invite him anywhere, is weird to me. I bet after this strange performance they will think twice, before they want "W" at their funeral, is this why he's not invited to GOP events? He isn't going to be going to the Republican National Convention, probably because another psychopath will be there.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Law And Order?

I don't know how to describe the violence in my country. Violence against the citizens and violence against police. It's too much, way too much. It's sad.
How many families are planning funerals and grieving today? Everything is fine one minute, the next thing you know it's bullets and chaos. Almost 2 years after Ferguson, things seem worse.
It's a breakdown.
 It's strange to think we have had an African American President who has almost finished serving two terms, if anything. it seems like racism is worse and nothings been addressed by the criminal congress that sits on it's ass and collects a paycheck for doing nothing, that is when they do show up. It's just another example of a system that doesn't work and it's been trickling down for decades.
For the first time it looks like a police office will be charged for a wrongful death. From what I've seen Philando Castile had a firearm, but he didn't use it, nor was he going to try. I don't understand how guns are drawn when you get pulled over? I have been pulled over a few times, no gun was in my face, just license and registration, maybe a ticket, maybe not. I think one of the most shocking things is that getting pulled over for a tail light being out or speeding or who knows what, ends in bullets and  death and a family left to pick up the pieces.
Since the economy has gone down hill and hasn't recovered, it's common knowledge that police officers are now in charge of policing for profit. Trying to cover municipal budgets and here is an example of one police chief's suggestions for making money by shaking down the citizenry.

  • fees for sex offenders registering in a given jurisdiction,
  • city tow companies,

  • fine increases by 50 percent,

  • pay-per-call policing,

  • vacation house check fees,

  • public hours at police firing range for a fee,

  • police department-run online traffic school for minor traffic infractions,

  • department-based security service including home checks and monitoring of security cameras by police department,

  • a designated business to clean biological crime scenes,

  • state and court fees for all convicted felons returning to the community,

  • allowing agency name to be used for advertisement and branding,

  • triple driving-under-the-influence fines by the court,

  • resident fee similar to a utility tax,

  • tax or fee on all alcohol sold in the city,

  • tax or fee on all ammunition sold in, the city,

  • public safety fees on all new development in the city,

  • 9-1-1 fee per use,

  • police department website with business advertisement for support,

  • selling ride-a-longs to the public, and police department–run firearm safety classes. 
It has been suggested that part of the problem in Ferguson was the towns reliance on police tickets to keep their budget intact and as a result there were many people who were in essence "imprisoned" in their homes as a result of outstanding warrants on tickets they could not afford to pay.
People may feel desperate knowing they will be financially destroyed when a police officer pulls them over.
As far as the Philando Castile shooting, it may have been a broken tail light or that he looked like a suspect in a robbery that got them pulled over. Putting a gun in a window with a woman and child in a car seems pretty extreme.
Then we have another shooting in Louisiana, Alton Sterling. He was selling CD's and allegedly threatened the person who called the police with a gun. From there chaos ensues and that man has bullets in his back and chest.
I could hardly believe it when the next day I see the horror that unfolds in Dallas. Five Police officers are killed, by an Army veteran, However, the carnage did not stop there, also shootings in Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia and Houston. 
It's going to be a long hot summer. 
Then we have Mr. Law and Order Trump, who will make America safe again. I think I've heard all this before. This was when Richard Nixon started the war on drugs. We all know what a success that was. 
 President Obama is coming back early from Europe to address racial and policing issues. President Obama was meeting with NATO. We now have armed forces in Poland, Romania, Estonia, why? Let's just hope our President who now has his sights set on Russia, can use his Nobel Peace Prize skills creating peace here in America, before he goes poking a bee's nest with a stick in Putin's backyard. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

London Calling

Today, I remember, all who were lost in the bomb that went off  in the London subway and
on the bus. It has been reported nowhere. It disappeared. But I remember that day. I pray for all who were lost and wounded. I can't believe no one acknowledged it in the media. I just wanted to say, to the families, of those that were lost or wounded. the people who still grieve. I will never forget that day. I am so sorry,
 No one acknowledged your pain and suffering.

The Chilcot Report came out at almost the same time. Obliterating, your loss.
It's been 11 years. But I am sure it was like yesterday, for everyone, who lost someone.
I just wanted to tell you on this day, I remember these people you have lost in your life. And I wish you peace.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

That "Special Relationship"

Thirteen years ago, when the propaganda machine known as the Bush Administration was ginning up war, there were plenty of people who knew it was a pack of lies. I thought it was going to be another Vietnam, but what I didn't know is that it would be even worse. Today the UK's Chilcot Report came out and while Tony Blair has sorrow and regret, I am sure George W. Bush doesn't. In the US, no one is responsible and we can''t look back, so we don't. The consequences of this disaster has affected peoples lives in both large and small ways. Conflicts will continue if Hillary Clinton is elected, she'll keep this corrupt game going for Raytheon and Boeing. She voted to take us into that
war, she's not sorry either.
For me, the Iraq War started the complete breakdown of any justice in this country.
Tony Blair says that "the world is a safer and better place"? Really? Is Iraq part of the world? How about Syria? How about Belgium and France? This is the kind of talk psychopaths are known for. It's called cognitive dissonance. We all know, the world is not a safer or better place because of that war. Tony Blair acknowledged that there were no WMD's and that a "trust/truth issue "would linger.
Here we get to something that is actual truth, for many people, including me. We don't believe anything our government tells us, or the MSM. Here's some more truth; the pain and suffering of the soldiers who died, their families grief and anguish and the wounded, their lives changed forever. For what? For lies?
I wonder if the suicide rate for British soldiers is as awful as it is here in the US. Turns out it is.
                                                                      So much safer!
Here's where he says he has "no regrets," Tony Blair was just a tool for Bush/Cheney, they have a "special relationship" as special as a relationship you can have with liars. Which isn't very special, as a matter of fact. Liars are a dime a dozen. Why the hell the UK would want to have a "special relationship" with the US is beyond me. I'm guessing that's one of the reasons that Brexit vote went down the way it did.
When Tony Blair "expresses more sorrow, that you can possibly believe" He is telling you to believe it, because he doesn't. Until these war criminals go to the Hague these apologies are empty and meaningless. Tell you what Tony, when you donate all the profits you made from that war to the victims of that war, then, I might believe it.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Who's Next?

I'd like to say congratulations, now you are out of the dreadful TTIP. The EU is so angry they want negotiations right now to Brexit you faster! First, they didn't want you to go, now they can't wait to kick you out!
I didn't write much about the Brexet referendum, except for when Obama made a jackass out of himself by telling you you're all going to have to go the back of the queue. He was really worried about himself and the TTIP. I read all the scaremongering and fearporn the politicians were pulling out of their asses. I saw Jeremy Corbyn and pull a switcheroo to remain (I thought he wasn't an EU fan), WTF?
It's just so damn predictable the way these elected officials act. Cameron resigned, but not until October, maybe he'll be able to pull off another referendum, in case they can scare you into believing you didn't really want to break up with the EU. Maybe the next Prime Minister will be Boris or some other flunky that will go along with whoever pays them the most to do what the EU wants. Stay far away from that unless you want a deal like Obama wants. A world wide corporate takeover. Hopefully this puts the brakes on the TTIP,
 I was surprised Cameron allowed a referendum in the first place, I guess he's never heard of blowback.
I am sure there's going to be a lot of scare tactics in the future, about how it was a big mistake.
The stock market dropped 600 points on this side of the pond and I could give a rats ass. Probably on Monday there will be more economic bad news but really, there was bad news anyway, you shook up the status quo and they couldn't keep the market under control anymore. I wonder, if the EU was such a great deal, if it had improved peoples lives so much, who would have voted to leave? Stay strong, you give me hope. You've been through a lot, take a break and go to the pub for a drink, you earned it!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Packing Heat

Photo NPR
So this is happening, and I doubt anything is going to change. Change? That's a bunch of promises that never seems to happen. It's not supposed to happen. This is a lot of theater. There's not going to be any meaningful change. But it sure makes for a great photo opportunity. America's corporate takeover is not only accepted, it's been approved at every level. The NRA is in charge. We are a nation created by violence and genocide. We don't acknowledge that, however, Native Americans live with the consequences every day.
Now we are a nation that's imploding. The U.S. is so corrupt, so riddled with dysfunction that the shooter in Orlando was interviewed by the FBI and worked for a global corporate "mercenary firm" as a security guard, but they didn't bother with a background check and the FBI gave up investigating him. Ask yourself why? Ask why, we have all this spying on our phone calls and text messages if they can't stop these kinds of events?
Donald Trump said "wouldn't it have been beautiful" if one of the clubgoers that night had a gun and started a shoot out. Trained police officers were told not to do anything but hold their position because in all that chaos, they couldn't figure out what was going on. So I guess that means we go back to having the bartender keeping a weapon under the bar, like the good old days. I would really like to know what has changed? Gun violence probably hasn't changed much since the Wild West. In America 297 people are shot a day.
With this amount of carnage the question that needs to be asked; why nothing is done about it? Our leaders are hypocrites and murderers. They start wars based on lies, then turn around and endorse a clown like Donald Trump, but really, what's the difference between him and George Bush? The other candidate being rammed down our throat; Hillary, has as much blood on her hands as anyone else, colluding with, and taking money from Saudi royals. Now, if you still think that voting is some kind of choice, have fun with that. These people are all for Wall Street, it's a joke.
Ask yourself why, this is what we are offered, these corrupt people? These people won't change anything. They are a part of the system and part of the problem. They are meant to continue the status quo. Ask yourself who benefits from keeping things in this country the same? Here's a hint; it ain't you and me! So if you like to vote for corporations, keep voting. For all I know that's the next place someone's going to show up and start shooting, at the polling place. Of course, it already happened back in 2013, someone showed up with a gun in a polling place. Lucky for me, I'll be far away from a voting booth when this joke of an election goes down.