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I can’t leave this one alone.

Everyone is outraged over the killing of the young giraffe in Copenhagen.  While I am not happy about the killing of a perfectly healthy young animal, I do understand why they did it.  It’s best described in this article.

Giraffes are super cute.  Like elephants, they delight us as children.  They are in many of our children’s books and we learn about them at a young age.  They are fascinating creatures with their long necks and doe eyes.  I get it.  I could barely look at the article about it.  But…

Don’t be outraged about the killing of a healthy giraffe when you had a burger for lunch.  Don’t freaking doing it.  In 2011 65 billion land animals were killed for food.  New flash: They were all healthy animals.  The unhealthy ones are removed from the food chain and just killed.   Marius the giraffe could not be kept at the Copenhagen zoo and there was no place to send him where he would be assured health and safety.  Apparently castration doesn’t work well on zoo animals.  At the end of the day, the Copenhagen zoo did what is done 65 billion times a year in the world.  And they fed their lions.  They did not waste him, his life had value to the lions.  It’s the circle of life.  And you don’t get to complain about it if you had chicken salad for lunch.

One sheep. Two sheep.

Well THAT was an interesting week.

By the way, I blame the NFL for the downfall of our society.  Just sayin’.

But then after he goes all stupid on the air, he comes back the next day and gives this press conference.

I can’t hate him for that.  He got to fired up, somebody put a mike in his face and he went stupid.  I get that.  It speaks to a certain lack of class as far as I’m concerned, but, he comes back nicely.  As for the asshat fans that threw food at NaVorro Bowman as he was being carted off the field with a blown ACL, well, refer to sentence #2.

Go Broncos.

This country has never been as good as we think we are.  We listen to politicians telling us how great we are or were or whatever.  We are a pretty jacked up society.  We brought you Charlie Manson, Jeffrey Dalmer, snuff films and crush videos.  We are a bunch of sick bastards.  That is not the greatest country in the world and if it is, well, a couple of faggots getting married is the least of our problems.

The NFL started using words like “battle” and “war” for sports games.  They encouraged the hardest of hard hitting players.  And then ended up with a dead Junior Seau at the ripe old age of 43.  Because his head was wrecked and he couldn’t cope with it any more, so he shot himself in the chest so the NFL could study his head.  But boy did he make a lot of money during his career, for himself, the NFL and those around him eh?

These guys have so much weight on them, it’s no wonder they do stupid stuff.  Thomas Howard, over 100mph vaporized his BMW on the 880 here in Oakland.

Then we have that little Canadian twit who we really ought to put a stamp on his ass and mail him back to them.  But he’s a singer.  Sort of.  That’s another whole breed of asshatedness.   I wonder why does this society give a rat’s ass about these overgrown snotnosed brats?  Nobody bothered to teach a one of them how to behave.  Or how to be polite.

When I look at all of this rot that our youth is seeing as normal I think whiskey tango foxtrot.  And then I wonder “When did I get so old?”

War is over, if you want it

WordPress did another update.  And now I don’t recognize the dashboard.  Meh.

I’m going to start with something that was posted on facebook by the Littleton Adventist Hospital.

Statement from the Davis Family:

It is with unspeakable sadness that we write and say that Claire has passed away from the gunshot wound she received at Arapahoe High School on December 13, 2013. Although we have lost our precious daughter, we will always be grateful for the indelible journey she took us on over the last 17 years—we were truly blessed to be Claire’s parents. The grace, laughter and light she brought to this world will not be extinguished by her death; to the contrary, it will only get stronger.

Last week was truly a paradox in that we lost our daughter, yet we witnessed the wonderful love that exists in the world through the tremendous outpouring of support we received. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the first responders, the school resource officer, security guard and vice principal at Arapahoe High School, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office, and the physicians, nurses and staff at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Each played a significant role in giving Claire a chance to live, and demonstrated extreme amounts of professionalism, courage and love. Please know that we will never forget the extraordinary work you did on Claire’s behalf.

We ask that you give us time to grieve the death of our daughter by respecting our wishes for privacy.

With much loving-kindness,
The Davis Family

There is a family that can make chicken salad out of chicken shit.  More over, at what point do we as a society make the changes that we need to so that good people like the Davis Family don’t have to go through the hellacious task of watching their 17yo daughter die from a point blank shotgun blast to the head that she received at school?  At what point do we all say enough?

Because John Lennon was murdered by a nut with a gun.  At what point do we all say enough?

Now, if you hear any one, ANY ONE defending that knucklehead in Monroe, LA whose name we will not even mention.  Read this.  And this.  And tell them to STFU.  They ain’t rednecks.   Just dumb asses.  And I’ve been to Monroe, LA so I get to say this.  They are part of that soft underbelly of this country that just can’t seem to give up their hate.  They thump their Bible but they don’t read it.  And here are two posts that I wish I’d written on the subject.  Boeskool and FP.   Truly, A&E was playing with fire on this one.  It was just a matter of time.  So put on your camo and support that racist, bigoted hater of a so-called Christian pretender.  Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

 

You’ve got the brawn, I’ve got the brain

Veteran’s Day.  Seems like a good day to be pissed off about something.

California, the land of fruits and nuts they’ll tell us.  Well, STFU.  California has given more than any other State.  Including the one that still can secede from the Union and none of us would miss.  STFU.

I went to San Francisco three times in the last three days.  Every day you go to San Francisco from East Jesus, you drive by Lafayette.

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Photo by Falcorian

I think the number was 6905 on Saturday, the day I took BART in.  It is a poignant reminder of every serviceperson who has given their life in the two wars Bush got us in to.

Yep.  Bush got us in to.  I know some assholes would like to revise history to call these Obama’s wars but they aren’t.  They are Obama’s inherited mess.

Condoleezza Rice: “I believe the title was ‘Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.'”

Bush: “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.”

Condoleezza Rice apparently thought that was good enough.  As far as I’m concerned responsibility for all 2996 who died on 9/11 and the 6905 service members who have been killed lies in that conversation.

Hillary Clinton spoke to the National Association of Realtors on Saturday afternoon.  Lots of outrage before the fact by the usual Right Wing asshats and Teabillies.  Half assed news coverage of what really occurred.  And as usual, the real story was ignored.

Mrs. Clinton is the ONLY human being to have served this country as First Lady, US Senator and Secretary of State.  The only one.  Maybe she has something to say?  Some teabilly jackhole popped off on the CAR website with “Who’s going to see “Hillary” this weekend?  Why is she even a speaker to begin with?  What’s that all about?”

Well you ignorant pile of parrot droppings, last year Condoleezza Rice spoke to the National Association of Realtors.  She’s got 10,000 bodies on her resume.  And as much as you idiots try to make something out of Bengazi that isn’t, Mrs. Clinton has none.  BTW, nice job lying on 60 minutes a couple of weeks ago.  And shame on CBS for getting hoodwinked again.  Do you idiots even know what journalism is any more?  How many times has this happened now?  Well, one really big time that ended Dan Rather’s career.  And when was Dan Rather wrong before?  Let’s see…oh yeah, 1981.  Yeah, James Brady is still with us.

Back to Mrs. Clinton.  It gives me hope that people in positions like her think like her.  The crux of her speech was that this country runs best when our middle class is healthy.  Part of that health is home ownership.  She also spoke to how this country runs best from the center, not from the extreme right or left.  And how we needed to put citizenship over partisanship.  She talked about how our standing throughout the world has been hurt by the jackassery (naturally my word not hers) that is occurring in Congress right now.  She talked about meeting with the top Asian leaders while we were screwing around with the fiscal cliff and what that was like.  Basically she said if we want to continue to be the world leader that we should be, we need to stop acting like a bunch of jackasses and take care of our business.  She’s right.  She pointed out how embarrassing it was that our President could not fly to Asia for a meeting of the heads of state because our government was shut down.  They stupid shit hurts us.  All of us.

I can only hope that the mid-terms bring a wave of discontent that washes us free of the teabillies.  And John Boehner.  I’ve had it with that guy.  I want to see centralists in there and I want our government doing what we pay them to do.

Interestingly I heard a guy say last night that Obama wasn’t business friendly.  Seriously?  Have you looked at the stock market?  The guy who isn’t business friendly is Bush.  This business friendly crap is just that.  Business friendly and socially responsible are not mutually exclusive.  Case in point: Howard Schultz.  Exhibit B?  Craig Jelinek.   Both companies pay their employees a living wages and both companies are extremely profitable.  So the Waltons, Mitt Romney and Bain Capital and all you other robber barons can go piss up a rope.  You are aware that as taxpayers we subsidize all their bullshit…right?  When a Walmart employee doesn’t make a living wage and needs SNAP to feed their family, we pay for that.  Yet the Waltons just throw another bucket of money into their treasure chests.  I haven’t been inside a Walmart since Long Beach Mississippi when we got cheap jeans and boots to go into New Orleans after Katrina and you shouldn’t either.

People we is not wrapped tight

If you ever had any question as to the validity of Fox News, I present this.  Go ahead.  Click on the link.  I’ll wait.  That is of course followed by the usual greek chorus which, if you didn’t know, includes allegations that our President is gay.  That in of itself is offensive.  They can’t get him on any thing else so he must be gay.  Except for one thing.  As usual they are full of shit.  Don’t believe me.  Let’s try on the Stars and Stripes and see what their take is.  They must be puppets of Obama’s socialist gay jihadist agenda.  Or maybe Fox News is full of shit.  I’ll wait.

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And away the conspiracy theorists went.  This is what happens when The Great Communicator defunds education.  We end up with a country full of idiots.  Yeah, y’all want to blame the children of immigrants (read Mexicans) for the low school scores but you keep saying things so incredibly stupid that it’s clear, it ain’t the first generationers.  It’s the inbred cousinhumpers that are screwing up the test scores…because they are freaking morons.  On a scale of the world, we are ranked…average.

So keep on cutting those taxes.  And keep on supporting those politicians that want to.  It’s part of a master plan to destroy the democracy.  It has nothing to do with Obama and everything to do with Wall Street.

Rappers take note.

And that’s the way it was

It’s a shame the government couldn’t get healthcare.gov to work properly.  People waiting and then getting thrown out, having to log back in.  What a pain in the butt!  They tell us we have to get insurance and then the damned website won’t work.  Except even the Washington Post couldn’t find all bad with the system.  As a matter of fact she managed to find some places it was working pretty damned well.  Like California.  You know, the land of fruits and nuts.

Here’s the thing, since when did something work correctly right out of the box on a computer?  I write contracts and take listings on a system called WinForms.  It’s provided to me for free through the California Association of Realtors.  And it runs like yesterday’s dog crap.  Yesterday I couldn’t get it to take a buyer’s name on a counter offer.  I dickered with it for 30 minutes.  On a counter that should have taken 5 minutes total to put together.  I could have typed it on a goddamned Selectric in less time.

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I didn’t go to the media.  I didn’t call CAR to complain about their shitty system that I’m stuck with.  I didn’t even try to call WinForms.  I did a couple of restarts.  I opened the program a couple of times and a muddled through.  If I hadn’t been on a time crunch I would have come back and done it later.

 

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So I say to all of the people who are wetting themselves over the glitches in healthcare.gov, are you just as boisterous when Microsoft shows you the blue screen of death?  Are you just as up in arms when your ISP goes down?  Do you even know what an ISP is?

That’s the thing.  It’s Obama’s flagship legislation and it’s government so it’s automatically bad.  Except it’s not.  It’s going to take some tweeks but when it’s all said and done, every new system does.  If you’ve ever rolled out something new, you know the first couple of weeks is nightmarish.  I am just disgusted that the news is giving these asshats traction.  Their job is to report, not to create the news.  Cronkite and the Huntley Brinkley Report are all gone.  They are probably all rolling in their graves.

Good night, and good luck.

Another day older and deeper in debt

I’m not done beating on Ted Cruz.  I still think he’s a Cuban sleeper cell.  He is more disruptive to our country that Al Qaeda.  But on the subject of disruptions, the BART strike.  I stand with the workers.  I stand with them because they aren’t asking for that much.

Did you know that crime against BART workers increased from 9% to 31% over the last year?  A BART worker has a 1 in 3 change of being assaulted on the job.  For comparison’s sake, you have about an 11% chance of being assaulted or killed if you are a California cop.  That’s a smidge better than one in ten for a friends playing at home.  The crimes against BART workers go from petty theft to rape and homicide.  So how inconvenienced to you feel now?  Because it’s pretty freaking inconvenient to be murdered.  Assholes.

The media has put all of their focus on the bad commute and has not bothered to put the facts in the above paragraph forth to the public.  Liberal media?  MY ASS.  The media is participating in union busting.

BART general manager make  $399k per year plus incentives and travels all around wining and dining on the taxpayer’s/rider’s dime.  That’s a nice gig if you can get it.  In their defense, BART has been operating at a surplus for some time.  It makes you wonder about the fare increases and the fact that a measly 3% raise seems to be such a big deal to them.  Or worker safety.  That would be a fact punctuated by a train running over two track inspectors yesterday and killing them.  Maybe their incentives should be tied to worker safety in addition to profit.  That sounds a little industrial revolutiony doesn’t it?

Another argument I hear a lot is “they are overcompensated.  I wish I made half the money or had half of the benefits those guys do.”  Well, jackass, maybe your field should organize.  How freaking stupid is that?  Like say that industry that didn’t organize even though I said they should have for years and then Bill Foley came in and jacked the whole thing up and then Parker Kennedy and Bill Foley sent all of the jobs to Bangalore and Mangalore.  Remember that?  Damned unions.  Anybody out there that moved in the last six years because their job went away?  To freaking INDIA?  (As a side note, First American has taken down the First Indian Corp. website.  I can’t help but dream that PBE had something to do with that.)

  • “Train operators and station agents have a maximum annual salary of $62,000.” SF Examiner, 6/13/2013
  • Salary of BART General Manager: $399,000 plus “incentive bonus”
  • Salary of BART assistant General Manager: $253,653 plus annual management bonus
  • Salary of San Francisco Mayor: $252,000
  • Salary of California Governor Jerry Brown: $165,288
  • Salary of California Attorney General Kamala Harris: $143,000

Just in case you weren’t clear on how skewed this is.  The top salary for a BART employee is $62k not counting overtime.  It comes with a 1 in 3 chance of being assaulted or murdered on the job.  And you get a pension.  Yay.

You’re welcome.

 

Not in a house. Not in a box. Not with a mouse. Not with a fox.

I am really amazed at the stupidity out there.  I just saw something where the right wing said that only 17% of the government was shut down.  No, idiots, almost 80% of the government is shut down.  They are so sure they know what’s going on but never stop to investigate the numbers.  Here’s a number.  The shutdown is costing the American people $12.5 million dollars per hour.  You can watch CNN’s stopwatch, see the hours and multiply to see how much of your money the teabaggers have wasted.  As of this writing it’s around $2.1 BILLION dollars.  Wasted by John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Eric Cantor, Grover Norquist, Karl Rove and the Koch brothers.  Don’t like government regulation?  Try Somalia.  It’s a little laissez faire over there.  Don’t tread on me you Somalian pirate.  And don’t call a cop either.  Or need a decent road to drive on.  Just build yourself a fortress with 20 foot walls and hire a security force and pray one of them isn’t on the take and you should be good.  Unless you need some healthcare and then just go find you a witchdoctor.  Idiots.

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I love this women.  This is 13 minutes of your life you won’t regret wasting on the internet.

That damned islam lovin’ negro is running our country into the ground.  He wants to give all of my money to those welfare queens.   He’s building a jack booted gestapo to take away our guns.  He is turning this great nation into a socialism.  He, he, he brought that stimulus plan that…got this country back to work.   He ended the illegal war in Iraq.  Saved the auto industry.  Signed Dodd Frank.  Found and neutralized Osama bin Laden (something that’s easy to do when you’re actually looking for him).  Reversed Bush’s torture policies, which were non-productive and put Americans abroad at risk.  All of this while not having one real scandal.  God help us if you’re counting Bengazi or Fast and Furious.  Darrell Issa, a legendary asshat was just rebuffed by Judge Amy Jackson for being, well, an asshat.  It would have only been better if she had added “You sir, are an asshat.”  And he got us some health care reform which, trust me was needed.  If you are one of the 80% who just has a normal job, this doesn’t affect you at all.  If you’re like me, it affects you a lot.  I went out on the exchanges and found the numbers to be exactly the same as they were when I was shopping before.  I got into a pool a couple of months ago so I don’t worry about it any more but seriously folks.  It ain’t that bad.  Of course you know I want to crater the insurance industry and make them all mutual benefit corporations eliminating the need to pay the likes of Patricia Hemmingway Hall $16,000,000 a year but that’s just me.  (as a fun little math trick, you would have to make $355k per year, every year that you worked to make what she did in one year)

Let’s review.  How many events similar to Bengazi occurred on Bush’s watch?  13.  Thirteen events compared to 1.  How many were killed under Bush’s watch? I get 98 when I do the math.  As this article points out, Lindsey Graham apparent did not receive his briefings on those 13 days or he would have gone batshit crazy like he did after Bengazi.  Idiot.

I am so disgusted with the extremist wing of the Republican party right now I can’t turn on the television.  I have to be careful with the internet.  Because if you actually research things and get down to the true numbers and facts and shit, you want to smack Ted Cruz with a cattle prod.  Or tase his ass.  Repeatedly.

 

And don’t criticize what you don’t understand

It is clearly time for me to weigh in on this idiotic government shutdown.  But first.

So when I read this morning that 56% of Americans believe it would be bad if the debt ceiling isn’t raised on October 17th, I think 44% of those people don’t have any idea what they’re talking about.

If you think this shutdown is a good thing, you are an idiot.  Period.  Did you see the news last night?  Who the hell do you think pays for all of those signs that say that the National Park is closed?  Hint: it’s not Obamacare.  It’s you, moron.  Did you know that every government agency puts together a contingency plan for a government shutdown?  Do you know how much work does not occur while that contingency plan is being drawn up?  Contingency plans aren’t drawn up over coffee the morning of.

I used to be amused by the Right.  Not any more.  I am infuriated with their stupidity.  I think each and every one of them should be beaten with a stick until they come to their senses.  If they don’t, beat them to death, they are a useless waste of flesh.  Your lack of insight and compassion make you ugly.  Possibly the best read on the internets right now.  It’s long but worth every word.  Because their lack of compassion and insight does indeed make them ugly.  And I am sick and tired of them.

An old friend of my father’s stopped by my mother’s yesterday.  My cousin happened to be there.  She works with an organization that does amazing things under a contract with a State Department.  She’s not getting paid so far this month.  This friend of my father’s proceeded to corner her in kitchen and tell her why everyone in DC is no good and how they are all thieves and god only knows what else.  And you know what?  My father would have been horrified.  And disgusted with his old friend’s lack of decorum.  Not to mention Cousin was always one of his favorites.

Ted Cruz.  If he were a Democrat or a Muslim the Right would be screaming that he was a terrorist.  After all the guy was born to a Cuban father, obviously a Communist and here he is infiltrating our government and shutting it down.  Clearly a sleeper cell from Cuba activated right now along with Marco Rubio to shut down our government.  There it is Sheeple!  He was, after all born in a foreign country to an American mother so that does not qualify him to be President.  Just like Trump says Obama’s birth certificate disqualifies him from being President.  Except you can be born to an American mother on foreign soil.  Castro wins.

Of course Ted Cruz spent 21 hours wasting everybody’s time talking about Green Eggs and Ham.  And movies.  And other assorted bullshit.   But did not once mention the thing he doesn’t like, Obamacare, which we all know is different than the Affordable Care Act.

It’s hard.  I have to maintain some level of civility on my facebook page due to my business.  Thank God for Pink Bunny Ears where I can call a shill and shill.  I am really surprised that Ted Cruz could talk that long while teabagging the Koch brothers.

 

Buy some boots and faded jeans and go away

I just returned from a place that has signs on the door telling you that you must have a permit to bring a gun inside.  And other places where it’s a felony to carry.   It’s unnerving to look around a room and know that some of these assholes have guns, and just wonder how stupid they are.  And hope they aren’t that stupid.  I hate being in Texas.

But I love Austin.  Once I break away from the beaten path I always meet super cool people and have amazing food and wine.  Austin is one of the few places I’ve found the Delille D2.  That is worth flying down there.  I think the D2 is perfection in a glass.  I didn’t have any on this trip although I did have a wonderful Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 2011.  This is a delightful wine.  The restaurant had it on the menu for $40.  That was a screaming deal.  I think it was a matter of not everyone knows what it is.  I saw Santa Lucia Highlands and went right to the google.  KL Wines rated it highly so we were all in.  It had a wonderful earthiness that you would expect from a Pinot.  The front palette had that cherry cola thing going on that I just love in a Pinot with a back palette of leather, fresh tobacco and black tea.  It wasn’t too tight on the finish, just right.  A lovely wine.

While I was gone, apparently Rep. Jackie Speier got into some shit.  I am not a Jackie Speier fan and I always have to look up her name to figure out how to spell it.  However, she presented the most poignant indictment on this asinine Congress I have seen yet.  And it bears repeating and repeating and repeating.

Speier then outlined examples of what she said was lavish House spending, including one congressman’s tab for $3,558 for food and lodging during a six-day trip to Russia.

“That particular member has 21,000 food stamp recipients in his district,” Speier said. “One of those people who is on food stamps could live a year on what this congressman spent on food and lodging for six days.”

Speier also spotlighted a recent trip to Dublin, Ireland, by 20 members of Congress, who received $166 per day for individual meals. “Yet for them, the idea of helping fellow Americans spend less than $5 a day makes their skin crawl,” she said.

The thing about Jackie Speier is that she is a fighter.  She was a staffer in the party in Guyana when Rep. Ryan and five others were murdered by the People’s Temple whack jobs.  And she was shot five times.  She’s tough.  I hope she continues to care this torch.  And fight this fight.  Yes, there are people who pilfer the system.  Always will be.  They are the minority and these asshats want to punish the majority.  Fight on Jackie.  I’m with you on this one.

Speaking of whack jobs with a gun…Iowa is training blind people to use guns.  Has this country lost it’s mind?  Sorry ADA.  Blind people shouldn’t be shooting guns.  Interestingly enough this guy asks the same question.  I don’t think I can do a better job so go read what he said.  And Mr. Pitts, yes.  It does.

I do have a hero in the NFL after all.  It’s Brian Holloway.  This guy could have gone any one of a number of different directions on this one.  He used it as a learning opportunity.  As far as the asshole parents who are talking about suing him?  If your little snot was at that party, fine.  Next time you go on vacation, I’ll put your address up on craigslist and we’ll see how you feel about a party of that magnitude being held at your place.  Rock on Holloway.