Been a long time

I know.  I know.  I suck.  But I’m here now.

The problem is I don’t turn on the news any more so I am slightly less pissed off these days.  However, I do turn on the interwebs so let’s buckle our seatbelts kittens because the stupid is deep.

Mike Huckabee.  Moron.  Here’s the quote “We are moving rapidly toward the criminalization of Christianity”.  No we aren’t you moron.  When I was a little kid we sang “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, be they yellow black or white they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.”  It doesn’t say all of the Christian children but not the Muslim ones.  It doesn’t say the Christian ones but not the Jewish ones.  It doesn’t say the Christian ones but not the Buddhist ones.  It says all of the freaking little children you ignorant shits!

Miss me?  Thought so.

Speaking of ignorant.  Paul Ryan.  Free school lunches give kids “an empty soul”.  Now, I would assume that means that Paul got free school lunches when he was a little tyke and that’s why he is such a soulless ignoramus.  No, you idiot.  Free school lunches many times are the only meals these kids get.  There is no food in their home.  There is no leave it to Beaver June Cleaver putting out fresh cookies and milk when they get home from school.  There is no one picking them up from school.  There is nothing to eat.  If these kids can’t get some nourishment somewhere they can’t learn and then they will be just as stupid as say Mike Huckabee or Paul Ryan.  I used to have a friend that taught school in East Oakland.  She said that the kids would be going to the nurse with headaches around 10am every day.  BECAUSE THEY WERE HUNGRY AND HADN’T EATEN SINCE LUNCH THE DAY BEFORE.  Little undernourished brains can’t learn.  Clearly Paul Ryan and his undernourished brain don’t know that.

I am just amazed at these idiots who think their experience is the only one out there.  Their mom made them school lunch and they went to a Christian church and they had clean sheets to sleep on and a roof over their head so pull up your bootstraps and make it happen Pilgrim!  Idiots.

Studies say that the lack of nourishment actually depletes the intelligent quotient.  So does hopelessness.  So poverty makes a normal human being dull.  Now what Paul Ryan or Mike Huckabee’s problem could be I don’t know but that’s why it’s so tough to get out of these neighborhoods.  The programs that bring hope to the hopeless change lives.  Feeding hungry children changes lives.  Being a money grubbing Mr. Scrouge just makes you an asshole.

They have the authority to kill a minority

One thing we all have to understand and most people don’t, there are the protestors and there are the troublemakers.  And they are not the same people.  In the Bay Area the troublemakers are the Anarchists and the thugs.  Those are not the people who are protesting the disproportionate deaths of African American men at the hands of the police.  It must stop.  I said when it happened that Eric Garner’s death was egregious.  It still is.  And if they shut down every highway in the bay area until change is implemented, I’m fine with that.  Because at the end of the day, we all bleed one color.  Red.  And that’s what matters.  Stop the bloodshed.  Stop the killing.




Here’s the deal and I’ve been talking about this for months.  Everyone talks about how few Realtors are actually good at their jobs.  About 10% will really rock your world.  Another 10-15% can do a decent job.  The next 60% are just average.  They don’t do anything amazing but they don’t screw up fantastically either.  The last 20% are thieves, liars and cheats.  Completely incompetent.  Think about the field you’re in.  The same thing is true.  It’s true for lawyers, it’s true in the military, it’s true for every other field out there.  Including policing.  The problem is cops have guns and interact with the general public.  So their screw ups are magnified.

Let’s use the military for instance.  There is this ideal in the country right now that every service person right now is above reproach.  Sorry, there have been dummies in the military since day one.  Idiots shooting their own limbs off, accidentally shooting their comrades and defecting.  About 20% of them do an amazing job.  About 60% of them are average and about 20% of them are just jackasses.  See how that works?

Stop protecting the jackasses.  All of them.  Including the lower 20% who authorized torture in the name of our government.  Lean into the upper 20% and for the love of God, don’t be average your own damned self.

On a happier note and a certainly not average note….this.

All your life will ever be

Told you.

Eric Garner is finally getting his due.  I wish the assholes would stop and allow the peaceful protestors to do their thing.  Way back when it happened I said they left that man dead in the street pretending like he was still alive.  He wasn’t.  They used an illegal choke hold on a man that wasn’t doing anything in the first place and they killed a husband, father and grandfather.  And the State of New York let it happen.  And to the right wing, it’s not about taxation.  It’s not about Obama’s police state.  It’s about racism.  Period.

Shame on them and shame on this country.

The thing is, as a white person, I only hear stories of cabbies not picking up black fares in the big cities.  I hail a cab and they pick me up.  Here’s the thing.  Jay-Z is worth about $560 million dollars.  If he were to stand alone on a street corner in New York, no entourage, he could not hail a cab.  The subtle things that happen in this country every single day effect the individuals ability to lead the same life as I do.  I had a client a few years ago who had itty bitty dreadlocks.  He was a firefighter.  His dreads were not more than an inch long which was in compliance with the fire department regulations but his Captain busted his balls about his hair.  Why?  Seriously.  Why.  Until we recognize it and shine God’s flashlight upon it, it continues.

It has to change.  It must change.  Enough.

Now, am I the only person that sees the irony in the police using tear gas on a bunch of protestors who were chanting “I Can’t Breathe”?

I want to bathe you in holy water

Time to call bullshit.

Mark Zuckerman and his wife just donated $25 MILLION dollars to the CDC to fight ebola.  Bullshit.

What would the world look like if somebody had dropped $25 million dollars on the CDC in 1981?  What if it wasn’t called “gay cancer” back then?  What if the President of the United States had actually uttered the word “AIDS” during his term?  Yeah, bullshit.

The fact that Obama actually said the word “ebola” in a press conference makes his tee time irrelevant. Because GW took 407 days off as President and Obama is at 125 days. And Dwight D Eisenhower played 800 rounds of golf compared to Obama’s 186.



Only few return, so only few will learn

Let’s have some fun at Fox News’ expense.

In Guilfoyle’s defense she did ask “why did you feel compelled to ruin her thing?”  But seriously boys.  Seriously.  You are an embarrassment and anyone who still watches this assclowns should go out and shoot themselves in the head.  It won’t hurt them because their heads are empty.  No one with a brain watches these asshats.

And then they got owned.

It’s a long way from being the First Lady of the City by the Bay to sitting next to these sleezeballs.  I wonder if she ever sleeps.

In other news, this guy.

In Russia everyone has dashcams.  That’s how we get great videos like this one:

Those Russians can wreck some cars.  Isn’t amazing how quick the flashers go on?

Doncha wonder why the PoPo turn off the video cameras after the stop?  That’s because shit’s about to go down.

But today is a happy day, I turned 56 on Friday.  Never thought I’d live past 30, so let’s end with the Hartwich.



Pastoral scene of the gallant South

Miss me? Sorry, it’s been busy around here.

So in our last show our hero was railing against the police killing an African American man and leaving him dead in the street while pretending he was still alive.  Fast forward and…

No pretending Michael Brown was still alive.  They shot that young man six times.  He wasn’t getting back up.  And FINALLY a town blew up.  It should not be a freaking mystery to anyone.  We pretend like we aren’t a racist nation or is it lip service that we pay to the idea?  We suck.  We just suck.

Of course this new Right Wing has made it ok within their ranks to be racist and have even brought on a few fascinating characters like Allen West and Herman Cain.  Mostly because those two are clowns.  Alternatively I’d love to sit and talk with Condi Rice and everyone knows I’m a Colin Powell fan.  I’d love to have a frank conversation with Powell about his years with the Bush Administration.  Love to.  But in truth, the racists have pulled off their pointed little robes and feel free to express their ignorance in public.  That’s ok.  Now we know who they are.  They are Senators and Representatives and in a couple of cases Governors.  And they are very very dangerous.

We have allowed these Right Wing ass clowns to take over the media and now they tell us what to think.  And most of us are too lazy or stupid to form our own opinions.

Turn off the EFFING television news.  It’s horseshit.

Wonder why the Clive Bundy protesters were allowed to show up armed to the teeth while in Ferguson unarmed demonstrators were gassed and shot with rubber bullets?  Seriously.  You have to ask.  What.  Was.  The.  Difference.

Simple the Ferguson protesters were unarmed and posed no threat to the police.  The demonstrators stood unarmed with their hands up, signifying the position Michael Brown was in when he was murdered.  Yet they were gassed and shot with rubber bullets.  The armed racist knuckleheads at Bundy’s Ranch were white.  That’s it.  They were and are much more dangerous, but the government walked away from them.

There is some seriously good shit in here.

At what point do we say enough is enough?  At what point do we as a nation grow the eff up?  Last night was the VMA’s.  I saw an art form that has moved past the racism and embraced each other’s culture and put forth some amazing stuff.  There are periods of time where I have hated popular music but right now, the blending of genres is exciting, interesting and great to listen to.  As an aside, there is no reason for Taylor Swift.  None.  Every time I see her I think WHY?  She’s this generation’s Sheryl Crow.  But I digress.

My hope is that what’s currently happening in music will continue to spill into society and change the world.  It wouldn’t be the first time that music has changed the world.  In the meantime, consider this: Jay-Z is worth $520 million and if he were standing alone on a street in New York City, he could not hail a cab.


Yes, I’m running down the railway track

I’ve been on this one for years but goddammit, I’m right.  Once everyone else figures it out it’ll be too late.  When I first moved to Concord in 2000, I went down to the Concord PD and said “Hey I have a Doberman Pinscher, but he’s a nice dog”.  They were like “So what?”  I said “I don’t want you to shoot my dog”.  They said “If you don’t do anything you shouldn’t we won’t shoot your dog.”  Well, that was a lie.  And it’s been the lie.  Dogs get shot all of the time and the standard police lie is “The dog posed a threat to the officer”.  This means if they are chasing some asshat and he hops your fence and the cops follow him and your dog barks at the cop, the cop shoots your dog.  Period.  Because your dog posed a threat to the officer. I trace all of this back to the war on drugs.  The Columbians were just crazy back in the 80’s and they brought the militia mindset of their own country to ours.  And the police responded in kind to the Columbian thugs.  But then our own thugs learned to play like Columbians and the police became militarized and then they just quit distinguishing between ordinary citizens and the mini-militias they were facing in the failed War on Drugs.  And then “ice” or crystal meth showed up in the US.  And the crazy ran deep.  But then the cops got crazy too and they kept saying their crazy actions were justified.  And now shit is just out of control. Police officer Nicholas McDermott ruined Houston Astros pitcher Brandon Backe’s career.

Backe said officer Nicholas McDermott “screamed, ‘back the f— up.” Backe said he could back up no farther and told the officer, “Chill out, we can’t back up. You’ve got enough room.” At that point several officers attacked him, he said, striking him as he fell to the ground and continuing to beat him until his face was bloody. One kicked him in the face, he said.

When he fell, his shoulder struck a concrete curb that separated the sidewalk from a garden. He said officers kept beating him while he was down. “I hit the ground hard and they just got on top of me,” he said. Backe contends that this is when he his shoulder was so badly damaged it ended his career.

In this case the Orange County Sheriff’s office in Florida went to a house where the guy they were looking for no longer lived.  They didn’t bother to do their due diligence and just charged in.  So they shot a 17 year old and killed the family dog. Last week Eric Garner died at the hands of the NY PD.  He was put in an illegal choke hold  (Choke holds are illegal, people are not).  Garner an asthmatic who weighed almost 350lbs succumbed on the street.  You can google around and see the video in it’s entirety, including the part with NYPD pretends like he’s still alive when he’s actually already dead.  They called him at the hospital but I don’t believe he was alive when he got there.

The police were not there because he was selling cigarettes without paying the stamps, they were there because of a fight he had just broken up.  So NYPD killed a good samaritan.  Nice job.

You see, it’s just fine while the police are killing them negroes and the Mexicans, but if they start killing white people, well then shit’s going to get real.  Right?  Wrong.  It’s a Martin Niemoller moment.  

We can stand up for what’s right today or deal with the consequences of our inaction tomorrow.

Make your life a mockery

I cannot imagine the horror Peter Rodgers and his ex-wife went through last Friday night.  The killer’s mother found his video and his 141 page manifesto online, called her ex-husband and they jumped in the car and raced to Santa Barbara.  They heard on the radio about the rampage going on in Isla Vista.  I cannot imagine.  I’m sure they knew the moment they heard.  The shock that went through their bodies.  They had that kid in therapy every day of his life since he was 8 years old and it didn’t stop the carnage.  They called the police on April 30th and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s office sent six cops out there, but never looked at the youtube videos.  I don’t know if that would have given the probable cause to search his place or not, but the parents did all they could.  They knew he was dangerous.  They tried.  A lot more than most people would.  They aren’t the only family out there going through this kind of hell with a mentally ill child.

First off, let me invoke the Unibomer rule here.  Rule: If you have a manifesto you get to use the insanity defense.  Period.  Addendum:  If it goes on for 141 pages detailing every time you burped or farted over the last 22 years, it’s rubber stamped insanity defense.

There is a ton of chatter out there about how it’s somebody’s fault because our society is misogynist.  OK, fair enough.  It’s Rupert Murdock’s fault.  Happy?  He’s the sorry sonofabitch that has been advancing all of this propaganda in this country for the last almost 20 years.  Blame Reagan for repealing the Fairness Doctrine.  Blame Rush Limbaugh.  These propagandameisters are brainwashing America.  And misogyny is part of their agenda.  Blame the vast Right-Wing Conspiracy because it is real.

And if you’re really bored, blame this idiot.  Her doctorate was apparently mailed to her by a cereal manufacturer in the Caribbean.

Another Fox shill.

So let’s just play some Rammstein.  Nothing misogynist about rock and roll.


Don your crown and cleanse the nation

There’s some bullshit brewing down in the Nevada desert.  It almost came to a head last weekend but the BLM was wise enough to pull back before it blew up.  All kinds of armed nutjobs from Idaho (the next frontier of gun toting wingnuts) brought their guns and set up positions.  I say send these asshats to Afghanistan.  I doubt a single one of them has actually served our country and right now their behavior is treasonous.   Yet the Right Wing clings to them as if they were “patriots”.  They aren’t.  They are criminals.  And Cliven Bundy is a criminal too, and a liar.  And this one is for Auntie, yes, he’s a Mormon.

The Right will tell you that this guy’s family owned this property since before God or something.  Truth, Mexico owned that land and sold it to, wait for it, The United States of America in 1848.  He says he doesn’t recognize the United States of America but he has an American flag behind him.  He maintains that the State of Nevada and Clark County own the land even though that is fantasy.  I’ve had Right Wing nut jobs actually tell me he had clear title to the land.  Truth is, he never ever owned that land.  And the thought that it belongs to the State of Nevada is in direct opposition to the Nevada State Consititution which states in Article 1, Section 2

Sec:?2.??Purpose of government; paramount allegiance to United States.??All political power is inherent in the people[.] Government is instituted for the protection, security and benefit of the people; and they have the right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require it. But the Paramount Allegiance of every citizen is due to the Federal Government in the exercise of all its Constitutional powers as the same have been or may be defined by the Supreme Court of the United States; and no power exists in the people of this or any other State of the Federal Union to dissolve their connection therewith or perform any act tending to impair[,] subvert, or resist the Supreme Authority of the government of the United States. The Constitution of the United States confers full power on the Federal Government to maintain and Perpetuate its existance [existence], and whensoever any portion of the States, or people thereof attempt to secede from the Federal Union, or forcibly resist the Execution of its laws, the Federal Government may, by warrant of the Constitution, employ armed force in compelling obedience to its Authority.

Bundy’s Mormon family homesteaded that land in 1880 supposedly but he did not own it.  He never owned it.  All he had was a lease with the BLM to graze his cattle.  Nothing more.  I love when people say somebody has “clear title”.  I know there is no such thing as “clear title”.  Title is always subject to at the very least property taxes.  And it rolls from there.  Maybe his leasehold was clear title but that’s not freehold title you asshats.

I’m sick of these asshats, I’m sick of these freaks with guns arming themselves against basically the Park and Rec department of the United States of America.  I am an American.  I want every one of these people arrested.  I want the cattle sent to auction to pay for my resources that are being wasted and I want to spend time with real Americans, not these traitors.

Which gets me to what I’ve actually been thinking about this morning.  More violence has be imparted on our country by Right Wing extremists than by Al Qaeda since 9/11.  Once you add in 9/11 you have to add in Timothy McVeigh.  They both blew up buildings, Al Qaeda just made a bigger mess than McVeigh did.  Although Al Qaeda didn’t kill children in a pre-school so I think you have to call that one even.

Threats are threats, no matter how they are cloaked.  The truth is there is no news or journalism out there any more.  Only propaganda and entertainment.  Enough is enough.

A preconceived idea of what it all meant

As a country, we really need to stop being so stupid.

First up, the ADA.

Seriously.  It’s not that hard.  And furthermore, it’s actually easy if you’re not an asshole.  Don’t be an asshole.

Texas, that bastion of all things patriotic and christian.  And one of the states that scares me when I go there.  So in keeping with that Christian theme, here’s a little something from the Marine Corps Times.   Sure glad that asshat supports our troops and all.  Thankfully shit got pretty sideways for them on yelp.

I’m sick and tired of the Red States talking out of both sides of their mouths.  Obviously that inbred hick down at the Riverside Inn did not know what the ADA said.   And oh yeah, the guy has the dog because he served our country and can’t sleep now because of the PTSD and nightmaires.  So yeah, throw him out, don’t serve him and call yourself a patriot.

Rand Paul.  Home of the fifth highest poverty rate in the nation.  Right behind Mississippi, New Mexico Louisiana and Arkansas.  The poverty rate in Kentucky is 19.4%.  1 in 5 Kentuckians are living in poverty.  Mr. Paul, you are not doing a good job.

I hated Trent Lott but he was good for Mississippi.  He porkbarreled more projects out of Louisiana and into Mississippi than anyone and the void he left is noticeable.   I don’t approve of taking Navy projects that belong in New Orleans and moving them to Mississippi but that’s what a good politician does.  Rand Paul has run his mouth and done nothing.  Shame on him.

On to Arizona.  Shame on you too.  This thinly veiled discriminatory bill you’ve brought to the table in the name of religion is pure bullshit.  But let’s leave the calling out the Christian hypocrits to professionals.  Ann Rice teed off on her Facebook page.  For those not in the know, her son Christopher is gay and was just named one of the 10 most eligible bachelors.

Our post commending actress Ellen Page for her courage in coming out as gay attracted a lot of hostility and hate and hate speech — as well as positive and substantive comments. I have banned many from the page today. I will no longer tolerate hate speech in the guise of Christian belief with the usual irresponsible pick and choose bible quotes and talk of “sin” and hellfire. I have had enough of it, and I think the world has had enough of it too. Again, I commend Ellen Page for her bravery in coming out. I hope more celebrities and public figures will be inspired to do so. Anyone who thinks this does not matter is deceiving himself or herself. It matters very much. Gay people in all walks of life suffer from bigotry, bias, superstition, and ignorance. Hats off to Ellen Page! (And please do NOT come here to tell us publicly that you “don’t care.” If you don’t care, don’t expect us to care that you don’t care!).

And she didn’t stop there.  Don’t know who Mike is but he got served.

Mike, in my experience many Christians are extremely aggressive towards those they despise and seek to control and change. They spend millions in America trying to interfere with a woman’s right to choose and a gay person’s civil rights. They are vocal and “in your face” with their hate of gays and other strong religious biases. If they would respect the rights and dignity of those who do not share their belief system, it would be better for everyone. But sadly, they don’t. And when they bring hate speech to this page, I will delete and ban them.

Mike, I don’t think the aggression and hostility of Christians towards those they condemn can be compared in any way to gay rights activists. Gay rights activists don’t spend millions trying to persecute and demonize others or oppress them in terms of civil rights. I hope you do some research on this topic. We have a serious problem in this country with aggressive Christians violating our separation of church and state, and campaigning to oppress women and gays, and sometimes children.

I think we are in a time in America when we must demand that all people claiming to be Christian take full moral responsibility for their belief system and the harm it has done historically and the harm it continues to do in our country. I see no reason to give Christians a pass on any of this.

The thing is, this behavior is not what it actually taught in the Bible.  It’s how the Bible has been twisted by people seeking their own agenda.  God is love.  That’s what it says in the Bible.  And God will do the judging, not us.  Love your neighbor.  Feed the poor.  And my favorite part, don’t be a hypocrite.  That beam in your eye.  Yeah.

Matthew 15:7-9

You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” 

Of course let’s have a little chuckle at the expense of the legislators down in Alabama.

Here is the most disgusting piece of legislation introduced last week, if not for the State of Arizona.  Nice work for a freshman state rep.  Do catch the video at the end.  Dude needs to be taken out to the woodshed, which happened.

The point is stop it.  Stop being asshats.  Stop thinking the world owes you something, it doesn’t.  Start contributing to society in a positive meaningful way.  Do nice things.  Be nice.  Turn the other goddamn cheek and quit blaming others for your situation.

I met Arthur Boorman I believe two years ago in San Diego where he walked on stage.  They gave him a speaking coach so he could pursue a speaking career.  If he can do this, seriously what is your excuse.