“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Friday, October 31, 2014

My irreverent Halloween post

The Ray Rice Halloween costume......equal parts despicable, thoughtless, and hilarious.

Because if you can't be irreverent on Halloween, when can you?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Where's the consistency, NCAA?

The NCAA is as corrupt an organization I can think of. Todd Gurley signed 80 items and made a lousy $400 and will now miss most of his season. Meanwhile at FSU the Heisman winner has been accused multiple times of sexual assault and hasn't even been investigated. Manziel signed thousands of items and made almost $8,000 while at Texas A&M, and only sat 1/2 game against a nobody team. 

It's like the NCAA will ignore the worst crimes to protect its image, right up until a school makes public the mistakes of its own star player, then the NCAA adopts an attitude of self-righteousness, pretends that it has integrity, and punishes the already punished player. I despise hypocrisy like that.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's time for the world's largest outdoor cocktail party


I'm getting ready for the Ga/Fla game and I'm remembering back in the good old days when everybody would watch the TV, but listen to Larry Munson call the game on the radio.....like you Bama homers do with Eli Gold. ;-)

This is Munson's call of what is still the most historic play in Ga football, which curiously doesn't feature Herschel. It's the miracle play that got us to the Sugar Bowl and the national championship, and cemented the names Belue and Scott in UGA lore.

I could listen to this and watch the clip 100 times and still get a bit misty eyed.

Monday, October 27, 2014

US taxpayers pay to televise headless-goat polo in Afghanistan

Your tax dollars hard at work
When the US finishes pointlessly destroying a country like Iraq, US taxpayers are forced to bear the cost of rebuilding it. Then because government contractors need something else to do, we pretend illiterate, drug-addled nomads in dirty night-shirts in Al-Qaeda and the Taliban actually constitute a real threat to the US 10,000 miles away, and head over to Afghanistan to destroy that country too, just so we can rebuild it.
Did you know there was a Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction? I wonder how much he gets paid? His office reports that part of the reconstruction of that already grim, God-forsaken abyss of darkness and despair, was $6Million for a few pickup trucks and a couple of satellite dishes to televise Afghan sports such as soccer, cricket and Buzkashi — an equestrian sport in which riders try to drag a headless goat toward a goal. All so the tens of Afghans who have TV's, can watch sports.
I utterly despise a government that would waste the money, that it expropriated at the point of a gun from its citizens, on crap like this. And if you think any of this nonsense will change with the feckless, establishment GOP in charge, you have fewer synapsing neurons that that goat in the picture.

Elon Musk cautions us about A.I.

Speaking at MIT this week, Space-X CEO Elon Musk suggested that Artificial Intelligence (AI) might be the biggest existential threat to humans, period. He said there should be some government oversight to make sure we don't do something foolish when we let that particular genie out of the bottle.
I say keep government out of it altogether and let science run wild with AI. Government regulations will only stifle the innovation, even kill it. Create the AI relationship with humans first and then let governments try to figure out how to deal with it.
Why postpone the inevitable? I for one welcome our malevolent, silicon-based overlords to usher mankind toward the grim, dystopian future I've been reading about in the sci-fi literature. 

IRS - intimidation without accontability

Everyone knows about the onerous law by which your bank must report to the IRS, any cash transactions that exceed $10,000. Supposedly this is part of the idiotic and pointless war on drugs, the assumption being that only drug dealers deal in cash.

Well, here's the problem when you give virtually unlimited power to corrupt bureaucrats. Their scope expands and they start seizing bank accounts of everybody on nothing more substantive than a bank report. No criminal suspicions and no accusations are necessary. And here's the real trouble: local law enforcement gets a cut of the booty when ever the IRS gets blindly lucky and finds an actual criminal, which isn't very often. Of the 629 bank seizures in 2012 alone, only 20% of them resulted in prosecutions. The other 80% just had their lives turned upside down when the IRS drained their bank accounts.

When did it become legal in the US for the government to seize assets of private citizens without due process? Once this wide-net practice was dragged out into the light, IRS officials scurried like the cock-roaches they are, to promise that from now on, they would only focus on people with other criminal indicators besides dealing in cash. But if their focus will now be only criminals, what was their focus before?

I never thought the $10,000 law was constitutional to begin with. What business is it of the government how I like to handle my money? Are there not better ways to catch criminals than having banks rat out their customers in the hopes that you'll stumble on a drug dealer out of the bunch?

No wonder more Americans than ever are renouncing their US citizenships and leaving for less tyrannical countries to live in. If I could afford it, I would.

Friday, October 24, 2014

NYC Ebola doc probably won't be getting married to this girl

This is the doctor who ignored common sense that would have told him to self-quarantine, but gallivanted all over New York City instead, mere days after coming home from Guinea where he heroically treated Ebola victims. After his grand day out, he then reported that he had symptoms of Ebola and sure enough, he's positive. One of his many contacts on his Typhoid-Mary tour of the city was his girlfriend pictured above.

I'd like to have been a fly on the wall when he broke the news:

Him: Um honey, when I made sweet love to you the other day, I may have given you a communicable disease.

Her: Are you kidding me? Which one, crabs, the clap, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes, is it Herpes you jerk? 

Him: Ebola, you may only have 10 horrifically painful days to live.

Heh heh, what a thoughtless asshole! I doubt we'll be hearing wedding bells in their future after this. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ISIS releases reported honor killing video

This is a still from a video that surfaced today reportedly showing the honor killing of a woman "accused" by some ISIS retards of committing adultery. Apparently she was begging her father not to stone her but he just declared his allegiance to Allah and ignored her. 

At this point in the vid, she had been bound by her own father and made to stand in this hole, after which the ISIS goons started throwing rocks at her and finally her father kills her with a really large rock. 

It is estimated that 20,000 honor killings of women take place in Muslim, and some non-Muslim countries around the world every year, yet we are asked by our superiors to regard this barbaric cult of savages as morally equal to Christianity.....different, but equal. 

And don't tell me, "Uh Ed, their beautiful religion has been high-jacked by radicals who don't represent the larger body of Islam.

Did you not hear me? 20,000 murders each year of women in every Islamic country around the world.....every one of them accompanied by illiterate savages in dirty nightshirt shrieking "Allahu Akbar!". If so-called moderate Muslims aren't the ones committing these atrocities, then they are complicit with their passive silence. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jobless Women's Studies graduates on welfare is practically a cliche' at this point.......and a funny one

What kind of a moron pays 60K for a stupid degree in something as utterly useless as Women's Studies? What were the big plans for the degree when he/she declared it?

The very existence of degrees in such claptrap as Women's Studies or Minority Studies is nothing but a jobs program for militant feminists and race hustlers who can't find work doing anything else, but they are useful in advancing the feminist and race grievance agendas, so the universities create teaching jobs for them.

Where are this kid's parents to ask him/her, I really can't tell, "Are you out of your mind? You can't get a job with that? You're going to cosmetology school to learn how to cut hair.....starting with your own mop."

Monica resurfaces to a reception that's about what you'd expect

Monica Lewinsky has resurfaced on Twitter and last night at some Forbes Magazine event where she blamed Matt Drudge, Ken Starr, Linda Tripp, Page Six, and others for how miserable and ruined her life has been since the Clinton affair.

The one person she didn't blame was herself for having an affair with a married man with the highest profile in the whole world. All Matt Drudge did was break a huge news story.

I actually feel sorry for her, or I did. Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of young 20-something girls have affairs with their powerful, married bosses and nobody cares except the guy's wife, his kids, and the mincing HR goon down the hall. Objectively, it's really unfair that this is all she'll ever be remembered for, but then she keeps bringing it up and has written a book about it to try to make a living. Still, the worst yesterday came from who I thought was a professional journalist, FoxNews media reporter Howard Kurtz, who welcomed Lewinsky to Twitter with a cigar joke. Really Howard?

Monica was 24 when she happily let Clinton seduce her, not exactly an impressionable country girl in the big bad city, and she made her own decisions which turned out to be colossal mistakes, but she doesn't deserve to be mistreated in perpetuity by dirty old men like Howard Kurtz,....she was mistreated by a dirty old man once already.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ron Klain, less qualified to be Ebola czar than Obama is to be president, if you can believe that

The only person in Washington LESS qualified for his job than Obama, gets named by Obama as Ebola czar. Ron Klain is a democratic hack and who knows what he was promised to be Obama's lightening rod during the Ebola scare?
On Saturday Obama spent almost 5 hours on the golf course and then made 20 administration officials and cabinet members attend a night-time Ebola meeting, the second Ebola meeting since Klain was appointed point-man. But Klain didn't attend either meeting.
Maybe he was over at the library reading up on rudimentary virology since he knows nothing about his new job and had literally nothing to contribute to the meeting.
I'm gonna go ahead and predict that the Ebola scare is over in the US. I'd be surprised if any new cases arise, unless they contracted it in Africa and lie to get here by plane. There still has not been a single case of Ebola in the general US population and I think the hysteria is a bit much until there has been.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ed's first-world problems

So in between binge-watching episodes of American Horror Story last night, Netflix paused for at least 15 seconds to load the next Ep. I was left in uncomfortable silence to contemplate my life or something. 

I already know that practically every decision I've made in my life has been the wrong one, I don't need you Netflix, to provide me with unentertained down-time to consider it. ;-)

CDC in full "CYA" mode

Like everybody else even remotely associated with health-care in this country, even the NIH is covering it's ass on the Ebola scare, specifically why they don't have a plentiful, fool-proof vaccine. Because it is a massive, government bureaucracy, the bean-counters there whine that it's because of funding shortages that they couldn't afford to produce a vaccine. Well, here's what they did have enough money to do.......

From Breitbart.com...

-$2.4 million for a new condom design whose inventor is now being investigated for fraud,

-$939,000 to discover that male fruit flies prefer younger females,

-$257,000 to create a companion website for first lady Michelle Obama's White House garden,

-592,000 to determine that chimpanzees with the best poop-flinging skills are also the best communicators, and another $117,000 to learn that most chimps are right-handed.

-$325,000 to learn that marriages are happier when wives calm down more quickly during arguments with their husbands

-$548,000 to find out if 30-something partiers feel immature after they binge drink while people in their mid-20s don't.

And that's only a short list of the outrageous nonsense that gets funded by pointy-headed bureaucrats at the NIH, with tax money that was forcibly taken at gunpoint from any citizen who has a job.

And here's some helpful advice on how to save three quarters of a million dollars studying handedness in monkeys: for the price of a notebook, pen, and a ticket to the local zoo, observe with which hand they throw their poo and masturbate. 

I don't know the cost of developing an Ebola vaccine, but cut out the idiotic research that IS being funded and you'll have a nice start on Ebola. 

CNN cancels "Crossfire", the show that got me interested in politics

I credit the early years(early 1980's) of the CNN show "Crossfire" featuring Pat Buchanan and Michael Kinsley, with getting me interested in politics and issues in general. CNN cancelled the show again this week as that network's ratings continue to spiral downward.
I don't really care at this point because I haven't watched it in 20 years, but I do occasionally click over to ogle the libertarian-leaning conservative SE Cupp and her nerd glasses. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Real clowns resent accurate TV portrayal of clowns

Here's the murderous clown in the excellently scary show, "American Horror Story - Freakshow".
Normal clowns, if there are such people, and I'm not saying there are, protested that AHS is unfairly portraying clowns as villains. Uh, that ship sailed the day we learned that John Wayne Gacy pretended to be a "normal clown".....it's how he abducted kids, killed them, and buried them in his basement crawlspace.
Get over yourselves because the world will never get over the sneaking suspicion that the clown persona hides the evil psychosis lurking behind the makeup smile.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

John Kerry...effete aristocrat, liberal demagogue, half-witted rube

Our embarrassing secretary of state, Gigolo John Kerry, who's parlayed seducing and marrying fabulously wealthy widows into a lifestyle, had this to say about the Ebola scare and how we should handle it.....

“We need airlines to continue to operate in West Africa, and we need borders to remain open”

That's not a plan, that's simply a counter-argument regarding what we should have done already, but which liberals are adamant about not doing. 

The plan to combat terrorism is to fight the terrorists in their own yards before they come to America, why is that not the strategy to fight infectious disease as well? It sounds like pure insanity to insist on welcoming with open arms the diseased dregs of west Africa who can lie or cheat the lame TSA screening process. And does our economy really depend, I mean at all, on continued flights to and from west Africa? Pardon me if I'm a tad skeptical of that statement. 

By this revealing statement, Kerry inadvertently hinted that this administration is deliberately trying to contaminate and damage the US from within, the purpose of which is anybody's guess, but knowing Obama's background and formative influences, it is to punish the US for her past, colonial, imperialist sins. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Media hysteria, not facts, drive the Ebola scare

So jumping on the Ebola-hysteria bandwagon, the World Health Organization is calling the current Ebola outbreak, accounting for only 4,000 deaths in Africa, 1 death in the US(but contracted in Africa) and 1 current case in the US, "the modern era's worst health emergency".
Really? Really?
The flu kills between 3,000 and 50,000 people every year,
30,000 die of yellow fever, 200,000 a year die from measles. Indeed, the list of pathogenic, vector-borne and human-to-human infectious diseases is long and far more distinguished than Ebola. 
I seriously doubt Ebola will go down in history as our worst health emergency, but it might be the moment in history when we recognized our hysteria-driven media for the fear-mongering outfits they are. 

Indigenous people didn't settle America, Europeans did

It's Columbus Day, or as a lot of guilty, white liberals like to call it, "Indigenous Peoples Day". European colonists didn't, as Hollywood would like you to believe, invade an already peaceful, developed, settled land occupied by forest pixies communing with nature. The "peaceful natives" were comprised of thousands of primitive, nomadic tribes warring and slaughtering each other in ways too savage to imagine.....not unlike middle-east Muslims of today.   

European settlers brought industry, government, commerce, and modernity to an otherwise backwards, barely populated wilderness. Consider the grievance groups who whine about white, European colonists being evil usurpers, specifically Native Americans, Inuits, Mexicans, and even some African-Americans. Look at how they currently live in lands where they are still the majority after all these centuries......they live in decrepit squalor for the most part, as unevolved non-participants in the modern world. 

Christopher Columbus, or which ever European you believe settled the Americas, did this part of the world a favor 500 years ago. 

Thursday, October 09, 2014

US slouches toward mediocrity

The IMF announced Wednesday that China has overtaken the US as the world's largest economy. We are at $17.4T and falling fast under an intentional mountain of debt, while China is at $17.61T and still rising with no ceiling in sight.
The pathetic decline of America is the shameful legacy of the appalling presidency of Barack Obama. It is doubly disgraceful that it was deliberate, that he warned us he would do this, and still we voted for him not once but twice, purely because of the politically beneficial color of his skin. 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Obama applies idiotic TSA terror screening rubric to Ebola flights from west Africa

So the Obama administration announced today that the incompetent, groping fiends who staff the TSA will be screening inbound air passengers from west Africa, for fever. They have designated 5 airports where 94% of those flights come in.....but they are limiting the number to about 150 total passengers per day screened. 

There are more passengers on each flight than that! Are they following the same idiotic rubric they use for terrorist screening? Spot checking randomly? They should be checking literally every single passenger that arrives on any flight from any west African country where Ebola has appeared. 

I have additional concerns.....if the incubation period for Ebola is 21 days, will every person infected present with a fever regardless of where in that 21 days they are? I don't think that's the case, and aren't the implications of somebody getting through too high to not check everybody? Why 150?

Food stamp claim gets denied, claimant goes on rampage

In Butte, Montana a 47 year old woman what charged with battery or something for attacking a welfare office worker with her purse, for not denying her food stamp claim. 

Clearly the real news in this story is that in Obama's America, somebody was actually denied food stamps. No word on if the iPhone-6 she probably owns was in the purse to make it heavier. 

In case you didn't get a good visual from my description, here's a helpful picture of what an angry women whose food-stamp claim has just been denied, might look like. 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Mark Kelly, accomplished astronaut, devoted husband, embarrassing political gadfly

Once again gadfly Mark Kelly and his addled wife, Gabby Giffords, are agitating for relevance and money by injecting themselves into a congressional race. Their superPAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, ran an add opposing the republican candidate Martha McSally, saying, "Martha McSally opposes making it harder for stalkers to get a gun."

As embarrassing as it is for a US astronaut to end his career as a political gadfly and dingleberry, it's worse still to unfairly attack a political opponent with what amounts to slander. What a horrible person!

Here you can see Mark Kelly coaching Gabby on her recent conversion from gun enthusiast to anti-gun crusader. 

Friday, October 03, 2014

Today it's thought crime, tomorrow will it be pre-crime?

In a recent YouGov poll, 54% of self-identified republicans said they supported increasing the penalties for hate crimes, i.e. thought crimes.
So even so-called conservatives think that if you bash a guys head in with a bat and you were thinking politically incorrect thoughts while doing it, you're more guilty and deserve harsher punishment than if you bashed his head in merely for fun, robbery, or a mob hit, but had politically "pure" thoughts while doing it?
I'd sure like to hear a cogent defense of that if anybody has one.
The criminalization of thought my friends, is a dangerous path to tread.

Can you tell what he's thinking? 

Obama's economic improvement fallacy

The economy supposedly added 284,000 jobs in September dropping the "unemployment" rate by another 0.1%, a number Obama will no doubt crow about in fundraising speeches this week. But 315,000 people threw up their hands and stopped looking for work in September also, further plunging the depths of non-work labor participation to 40 year lows.

Only Obama can spin that many people abandoning the search for work in favor of welfare and perpetual unemployment, as a win for the economy and his wise stewardship of it.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

US government responds swiftly to the threat of Ebola.......with fliers

The first cases of Ebola here in the US surprised authorities, I sure am glad our capable government is on top of the situation and will keep us safe.

What are they doing to keep us safe you ask? Why handing out fliers to diseased travelers from western Africa of course. Border and Customs agents will be handing out pamphlets to let arrivals from western Africa what symptoms to be aware of and who to call in the case of a break out.

No need to stop diseased colonists from entering the country, just make them well informed of their virulence. I know I feel better now, how about you?

In addition to manning the "Arrivals" concourses at the airports, agents will be installing pamphlet kiosks every 1 mile along the southern border so that the teeming, third-world peasants who're streaming across will be well informed of the various deadly diseases they're bringing into our country.

"Ed's Book Review"

It's time for another informational edition of Ed's Book Review. When you've read all the classics and you're bored from the tired predictablity on the best-seller lists, expand your mind a little and read what I'm reading......
So I downloaded to my phone from the Overdrive website, an audio copy of "Feed" by MT Anderson that I found in the young-adult part of the sci-fi section of the online library. (I didn't realize the irony of that until I got part way through the book.)
It's about a future where everybody is connected to the Internet and everybody else, via a neural implant called the Feed, removing the need for computers, cell phones, books, TV's, radios, or any other connectivity or informational devices or media. It's very Orwellian in that the Feed "learns" about you based on your mental habits. The question then becomes, do we control the Feed or does it control us? The idea of an omniscient, paternal Web is disturbingly similar to present reality when you consider that in one generation we've become wholly dependent on the Internet for an ever-increasing proportion of our daily lives.
It's kind of a chilling look at what our near future might look like, but from the sardonic, always humorously cynical, view point of the teenagers. I recommend the audio book because between each chapter are what Feed commercials might sound like as they are streamed into your brain, tailored just for you.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Ebola arrives in US, CDC shrugs it off

Well the first case of Ebola has hit the US and a second is suspected, but not to worry, the director of the CDC declares confidently that they have it under control. I guess that's why the same CDC is issuing handling procedures for the inevitable flood of Ebola-infected cadavers coming soon to funeral homes across the nation....you know, because they have it under control.
The good news is that the rich, multicultural tapestry that is the fabric of America continues to be enriched through the deliberate importation of the dregs from Earth's hell-holes without regard to race, religion, terror-organization affiliation, or deadly disease condition.
I know I feel good about that.

Pole and Line tuna fishing

This is Pole and Line tuna fishing off a boat flagged from Ghana. It is more efficient than using nets and employs more people. Here's how it works:

A boat goes out ahead and chums the water with food preferred by the tuna, creating a feeding frenzy. Then the fishing trawler comes behind and all these guys using poles with non-barbed, spherical lures that are of a specific size.....small enough to be partially swallowed by the tuna but large enough that only tuna of a certain size can get the lure in their mouths. Then they just fling the tuna onto the boat deck.

Best of all, no sharks, marlins, dolphins, sea turtles, or any aquatic life other than tuna are caught. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Michelle's staff bullied submissive reporterette

A reporter covering Michelle Obama's speech up in Milwaukee reported on her Facebook page that she, "was told by a Mary Burke aide and one for the White House that I could not speak to the people in the crowd. 
Kissinger also noted that she and her fellow reporters were cordoned off in their own section and not allowed to mix with the public who attended the event to see the first lady."
Wait a minute, why did the reporters obey some white house toadie who doesn't want them talking to the attendees of the speech? They can talk to whomever they like. Why would intrepid reporters let themselves be treated like this? Politicians, their staff, and even their wives will bully you if you let them. What can they do, have you arrested for talking to somebody? 
If they were obedient and let themselves be cordoned off, it's their own fault. Idiots!

Obama told us whose side he was on, and we voted for him anyway

The justice dept. announced today, NEW broad restrictions on ethnic and religious profiling in investigations, specifically including those of national security...i.e. terrorism. Not profiling Muslims in terrorism investigations is like not profiling pit-bulls in pit-bull attack investigations. 

It's as if Obama is openly inviting the terrorists to come here and kill us. 

But then as the picture indicates, even a cursory glance at his ridiculous book, inspired by the America-hating man he claims is his father, would have given us ample warning this was coming.

If you aren't armed yet, you'd better get armed....the "workplace beheadings" are likely to start in earnest soon.