Bullshit

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Good Morning, Ma’am! Bullshit salesman! How would you like your bullshit today?

So, there you are, surrounded by bullshit. What do you do?

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First off, what’s the problem? I mean seriously, there’s bullshit everywhere. If you aren’t surrounded by it, you are living a dream life, which means it’s time to wake up and remember where you actually live. We don’t get what we want when we want it, we get what we get and then have to hope that it’ll help, and if it doesn’t, it’s time to employ some bullshit of our own and fake it until we¬†make it.

But let’s be more specific, and see if we can’t unclutter our lives and minds in the process. We have political bullshit, heaps of it. We are expected to believe an insane amount of crap during any given day. Yesterday for example I was told that the ninth circuit court is the most overturned court in the land (WRONG) that President Obama placed a man from Monsanto in charge of the FDA or the USDA or some shit (WRONG) thereby placing the entirely of the nation in a ¬†health crisis (WRONG) and that he put Mercury in light bulbs to make money for GE and to again endanger the health of every American citizen (WRONG)

Now the easiest way to unclutter my life here would be to simply get rid of the person/people making these statements, yes? (WRONG) We need people in our lives to tell us things that disagree with our basic world-view, or else we will grow languid and start to believe our own bullshit. We need these people so we can find out the truth, because if someone is saying stupid shit, I want to know so I can (new word alert) destupidify these people, or at least make sure we know what kind of bullshit is out there so we can apply the proper amount and type of bullshit repellent in the affected area.

So let’s go over the bullshit one piece at a time, shall we?

OK: Part 1: Who gives a fuck which court is the ¬†most overturned in the land? Sean Hannity. He thinks because Donald Trump’s Executive order that blocked¬†American citizens ¬†and non Americans with valid visas from coming back to do their jobs from seven nations is a wonderful piece of…whatever it is meant to be a piece of. Not everyone agrees, and by not everyone, I mean anyone who was at an airport when that shit first came down, and anyone who lives in a ¬†city affected by it.

Sooooo….This EO gets blocked by the ninth circuit. Enter Hannity and his bullshit about the ninth circuit.

Easily solved.

Seven of the eleven circuits get more than half of their decisions overturned. The largest percentage belongs to the sixth. But so what? It does not imply that just because a number of¬†cases that make it to the supreme court get overturned, that any specific case that gets through the sixth or ninth are somehow invalid. Shit don’t work that way.

Every case has its own merits and must stand or fall based on them. It matters not where they are from. Every circuit has cases rejected. Every circuit has cases that pass muster and never get touched by the Supreme court. The vast majority of cases are of this variety. Over 99%.

So much for that bullshit.

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The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty. ~George Washington, From his Farewell address, 1796

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Part: 2: I would have a serious problem if any President put someone from  Monsanto in charge of the USDA or the FDA, or anything where decisions have to be made about foodstuffs. Happily the Obama administration did not do this. The claim was still laid at my feet, so I did some investigating. I found a man had been placed in charge of the newly created deputy commissioner of foods that had in fact nine years previously worked for Monsanto.

In the time between he had been a research professor of health policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and been a member of a think tank, in the position of Director of Risk Management.

If you can draw a nine year long line between a company and an employee and claim the company still affects significantly that persons professional judgment to the point of endangering an entire nation’s health, you are a weirder, much sillier person than I. One that will believe anything that they come across. It’s one thing to have a mind open to believe many things, completely something else to have a mind like a rusted steel trap, rusted open and unable to keep out anything that happens to fall into it, like leaves, squirrel shit, and Monsanto and Obama were in cahoots to destroy America.

Part 3: I… I had fun with this one. CFL light bulbs were first created in 1976 in response to the 1973 oil crisis. Odd but true. Everyone was looking for ways to save energy, so someone at GE created a more efficient light bulb. The problem? Trace amounts of mercury were necessary to make the bulbs work, and they were hella expensive back then. Took years to bring costs down to where it became a salable commodity.

Yet somehow, someway, it has been laid at the feet of our previous president. How is it bad? You caught that mention of mercury, yes? Well, trace amounts in the minds of political partisans becomes “Willingly and knowingly allowing the EPA to put a poison in our homes”

How? Well, President Obama touted the use of cfl’s in a ¬†press conference with then energy secretary Steven Chu as a way to save money on energy costs. That was deemed enough in the eyes of a¬†political partisan to call the president a failure and a scandalous liar who had it in for Americans and America.

All partisanship is stupid and silly folks. The nation does not need people talking to each other like this. It proves nothing, makes no one wiser or better, and does little t enhance the dialog and discourse that we as a nation need to move forward and get out the soci-economic, psychological, intellectual and political morass this nation has been in since the early 1990’s, which is where much the silliness of the current age has it’s roots.

But you know…

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It’s all Newt Gingrich’s fault. (NOT WRONG) That asshole.

There. My life has so much less clutter now. Happy that bullshit salesman went away.

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A Constitutonal Question

At midnight or thereabouts, the President is expected to sign off on the law putting sequestration into effect. ¬†But I wonder why. I honestly do. ¬†I do because he doesn’t have to as far as I can tell. ¬† It is a law, and like other laws it is bound by the constitution, is it not?

Article I, section 7, final sentence of paragraph two states:

If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

But it begs a few questions.  Questions which I do not have answers to.

If the President is expected to sign the Sequester into law, that means it is being presented to him then and there, does it not? ¬†Or is there some other timetable that ¬†don’t know about that makes that question a moot one?

If it is true that the law is being presented to him today, and the constitution is followed, and he does not sign it, does that not mean that he will have extra time to see if he can work out a deal with the house, where all spending bills must originate?

The President, if he really is serious that he does not want to see these cuts take effect should simply not sign the bill. ¬†Which doesn’t mean he won’t.

Now I am not a constitutional scholar, I simply make points that I think need to be made, and ask questions that I think need to be asked.

More later.

Hope On The Horizon?

We are nearly out of the woods after years in one of the most debilitating economic crises this nation has faced in its history. ¬†Congress’¬† response to it?

Let’s do it again!

The possibility of sequestration with layoffs and furloughs for thousands of workers across this great nation will take all the effort and hard work that has gone on over the last few years and flush it down the toilet is a hard one to swallow from this group of do-nothing Republicans.  Forced to deal with that because our President, in order to get some kind of deal done back in 2011, had to make a deal with the devil, aka the House Republicans, to avert a complete disaster with the debt ceiling.

But there is some hope on the horizon.  Click here for links

A deal is still on the table, put their by the President that would avert the looming doom that is sequestration.  The deal includes the chained CPI, a hard but necessary step to take. It has smaller more palatable cuts to non-discretionary spending, with cuts in drug company payments as well as fee restructuring in a number of key areas. It also has within it a limitation in tax deductions for the wealthy that will generate well over half a trillion dollars.

Given that the alternative puts tens of thousands of people in harms way unnecessarily, I am hoping that the Republicans come t their senses and accept this deal, or perhaps some modified version of it, if this is unpalatable.

There are those on the other side of the aisle, most notably mr. P90x himself, Paul Ryan, who seem to think that sequestration is in some way acceptable.

I would ask him is furloughing police officers, firefighters, teachers, corrections officers, and the national guard  acceptable? I would ask him if all the pain and misery created by letting his friends in the defense industry lose money because of cuts in government spending, is that acceptable?  I would ask him if letting people suffering through no fault of their own because of being unemployed because their benefits would expire, is that acceptable?

I hope it isn’t, because America can’t take much more of this stupid decision-making on the part of the Republicans. They are leading America down a dark and ugly road towards economic disaster, and we’ve had enough of that already. ¬†We’re done with that.

The deal that the President has laid on the table here takes into account our future in a way that is forward-looking, makes good use of our present to prepare for our future without causing too much discomfort, and shines a light on the right way to be fiscally responsible while at the same time helping those who need that help the most.

I for one could use some time off from all the histrionics that these Republicans keep creating.  Accept the deal and let us go on with our lives, please.  Thank you.

When He Said

Pic of the day: Evacuation of an Island, by Victor Hugo (1870)

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I don’t know whether this world has a meaning that transcends it. But I know that I cannot know that meaning and that it is impossible for me just now to know it. What can a meaning outside my condition mean to me? I can understand only in human terms.

Albert Camus

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When he said “do not lose heart,” I wanted to respond to him myself, tell him I hadn’t, but there were parents that would never have the same heart again. Then again I knew he wasn’t really talking to me.

When he said “I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation” I thanked him. My prayers, little though they are worth were offered up for both the dead and the survivors from the moment I heard about this. I know I am far from the only one.

When he said “The school’s staff did not flinch” I felt a swell of pride in such strong character shown by the people teaching the leaders of tomorrow. They, and those like them are making future generations better simply with their presence.

When he said “We, as a nation, we are left with some hard questions” I was pleased. Even if he didn’t ask all the hard questions there, he had made it plain with that statement that he, along with the rest of us, was looking for those answers to those questions.

He asked one of the hard questions a moment later, and while leaving out important political context that was not necessary at that moment, also gave an answer. Shortened version of the question : Are we doing enough to protect our children as a society?

Answer: No.

When he said “No set of laws can eliminate evil from the world” He was telling the world in only slightly veiled language, that he is ready to fight this fight. That this fight is a murky one, involving gun laws and mental health legislation and a host of other issues, but a fight that he is ready to fight and will pour all his available energy into, to safeguard this nations children, who are it’s future.

When he read the names of the children who died I had to turn away. I felt the welling up of the emotion of loss. They were not my children. I have none, sadly, but I felt the sting of the bitter loss that death brings. The parents who lost kids, the spouses who lost loved ones, must hurt , must feel a pain a thousand times stronger and more virulent than any I have felt. I think I felt that emotional upwelling for them as well as those who died.

As he left the stage, I was happy to have heard him speak. But it leaves me wondering, now that the speeches are over with, what will happen now? We have all heard speeches before. Will more come of this than just words of comfort. I hope so, for the whole nations sake.

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That’s it from here, America G’night.

It Was A Fun Night

I watched the election coverage last night on a host of networks.¬† CNN.¬† MSNBC.¬† FOX.¬† CBS.¬† NBC.¬† ABC.¬† NY1. Each station had vastly different numbers coming out depending on what time you turned them on.¬† But it really didn’t matter what you were watching because the results were the same.

Barack Obama won re-election as President of the United States of America.

Initially after the call was made, earliest on MSNBC at 11:16 pm eastern time, it was much noted, first on twitter and then on the networks that He had won without a plurality.  It was later on in the night when the popular vote turned and the right lost their talking point, and the President took the lead in the popular vote as well.  At this point what was a nearly 1 million vote advantage for Mitt Romney at 11 pm last night is now an Obama 2.6 million vote lead.

There was some anger from the right, asking questions like¬† “How could Obama be our President if he didn’t get the majority of the popular vote?”¬† After Fox called the election when they said Ohio was won by President Obama, it was much commented on that Karl Rove was trying to get the network to back off of the call for Ohio and the Obama winning the White House, and commented on the popular vote lead for Romney at that particular moment.¬† They didn’t of course, and President Obama won enough electoral votes to win even if someone somehow took Ohio from him.

Talk on MSNBC in justifying their calling Ohio for President Obaba was that the counties that are normally “blue” had a great deal more voters in them than the “red” ones.¬† Cuyahoga county was mentioned most.¬† At the time of the call it was noted that the President had won the county by 80,000 or so votes but that there were 200,000 votes that were in all likelihood not yet counted.¬† The votes are now counted and the win in Cuyahoga was a whopping 236,000 vote margin.¬† The President only won 17 of the 88 counties in the state, but he won all the population centers.

You could say the same thing for the rest of the country, but only to a certain extent.¬† It is only a generalization, and I haven’t looked at all of the states, but from the looks at state results¬† all the states I have looked at, in a county by county basis that the smaller the population of the county, the larger the margin of Victory for Mitt Romney, and the larger the population, the more complete the victory for Barack Obama.

There were exceptions, of course.  There were small county wins for the President in Texas, and Georgia and a few other spots in the deep south, and there are places like Hamilton County in Indiana where three of the states 20 largest cities are, and Lexington County in South Carolina, a suburb of Columbia S.C., where Romney won handily.

It was a fun night for those who voted for Obama.  The lone real dark cloud for the general populace on the left is that the GOP will retain control of the House.

Other big wins?

Women:¬† Right wing “rape babies” candidates like Mourdock and Akin were swept aside by the populace. There are now more women in the Senate, thanks to upset victories by Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin along with the victories by all the incumbent democratic women who won their seats back for 6 more years.

Nate Silver:  He got every single prediction he made about this election correct, after getting 49 of 50 in 2008.  Nate is the man.

Twitter:  There was a huge flurry of activity there, and much of the news that was reported by the MSM was reported there first, usually by enough time where it was old news by the time it got broadcast on television.  It was also there that the President first made public notice of his victory, acknowledging the victory and thanking those who voted for him a good 2 hours before he gave his acceptance speech.

Stoners:¬† Dude, Pot is legal in Colorado and Washington state. Just remember that it is still a federal offense to have pot on you.¬† The DOJ is gonna have its hands full figuring this one out.¬† There’s gonna be a showdown between local and federal authorities on this, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this went to the SCOTUS.¬† Even when stoners win things are rough. You can smoke in those states, but don’t let the feds catch you, or that’s your ass.¬† Just saying.

Homosexuals: Gay marriage was passed in the states of Maine and Maryland, making them the seventh and eight states to pass same sex marriage. Minnesota defeated a measure that would have banned same sex marriage.  Apparently America is, or at least parts of it are, in the mood for big gay love.

It was a fun night.

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That’s it from here, America.¬† G’night.

Autumn

Pic of the day:¬†¬† Bords de l’Oise, pr√©s de Pontoise, temps gris, by Camille Pissarro

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Fiction is Truth’s elder sister. Obviously. No one in the world knew what truth was till some one had told a story.

Rudyard Kipling

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Viddy of the day:  Vivaldi: Autumn The Four Seasons, High Quality

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Twitter was ablaze yesterday with talk of the debate.¬† Everyone was there cheering for their candidate.¬† Everyone.¬† There was fun to be had for everyone.¬† Except for fans of Romney.¬† They seemed kind of quiet most of the debate.¬† In the beginning they were talking a good game but they grew quiet as their guy began to get his ass handed to him.¬†¬† By the time things got to the bayonets and horses phase of the debate it was almost as if Mitt Romney’s people had simply walked away from their computers.

It was not until afterwards that they came back to claim victory.¬† Which was curious because they’re were only a few of them and those few were the only people who thought that he had won.¬† Even Glenn Beck thought R-money got his ass handed to him.

Had a few people talk funny at me, mostly claiming that Romney had won and that Obama got smoked, mostly.  Funny what people will hear when they want to hear it.  Rather than take my word for it, hit the C-span website and watch it again for yourself.

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Romney’s foreign policy can be stated in a very few words.

Whatever Barack does, Romney likes.  Except for the parts where Obama schooled him.

Romney has no clue about the Navy.¬† He has no clue about what American forces can bring to bear with a lighter yet stronger armed forces.¬† He seems to think don’t pay attention.¬† Says he’ll kill our enemies and a few minutes later says we can’t kill our way out of situations.¬† Really?¬† Hard to pull that off, son.

Mitt don’t know shit.¬† But then again, he never has.

But people will vote for him, tens of millions of people will vote for him.

He might even win.

Proof that you can be a complete imbecile and still make it in America.

Ain’t America a great country?

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I went for a walk today to take pictures of the woods I live near.¬† Took around 150 pictures.¬† I’ll drop a few of them here when I get them downloaded.¬† Right now they are on a sim card on my wife’s computer.¬† I haven’t had a chance to see them yet.¬† I’m sure they aren’t all winners, but since I’ve done this the last few years, I’ve gotten better at it.

I know I got a large number of really good ones.¬† You’ll see them soon enough.

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The framework for the novel is coming out nicely.  Got seven chapters planned out, storyboarded, and the characters are fleshed out pretty well.

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That’s it from here, America.¬† G’night.

You Don’t Need to Know but I’m Telling You Anyway

Pic of the day: Peulik Volcano and Lake Becharof in Becharof National Wildlife Reserve, Alaska

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Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot’s activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but “pervades and regulates the whole.” He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

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Mitt Romney is ahead in the polls.  Looks like I was right when I said that this thing is far from over two weeks ago.  The man seems to have gotten a bump from not just his debate win last week but also his moving his message to the middle, taking it from the far right.  He is doing message wise much of what Obama did in 2008, moving his message to the middle in order to get votes from moderates.

I don’t particularly have a problem with him doing that.¬† What I do have a problem with is the fact that his message until now has been so far from that moderate viewpoint that I cannot believe that it is genuine.¬† When Obama made his move to the middle 4 years ago it was not nearly as far of a stretch.¬† He was despite being called the most liberal man in the senate back then, he was actually pretty moderate in his senate voting record.¬† You can look that up yourself if you like.

With all that said, all the events that have occurred do not mean that Romney has this thing wrapped up either.¬† Obama, like Romney has a large base of voters that will vote for him simply because of the party he is affiliated with.¬† Between the two of them they get approximately 90% of the population that way.¬† It’s that last 10% that makes the difference in the election.¬† And it is that last 10% that will make of break the next few weeks.

Romney got them looking in his direction by being a great CEO at the debate.¬† Obama played professor and lost.¬† If Obama turns on the juice and shows what he can do, like he did in the debates in 2008, He’ll do much to fix the damage he did to himself in that debate.

It doesn’t help Romney that he had to roll back several things that he said in the debate because they were lies.

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Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

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Two more days of work for the year.¬† After Friday I won’t be back there until January 2013, because that is the way the contract that the union signed with the company I work for says it must.¬† I don’t mind, I’d like full time work there though.¬† Happy to have worked there for as long as I have, and hopeful that next year will bring me permanent employment there.¬† But I am out on my ass for now, and looking for work.

I’ll find something.

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Writing every day putting story ideas together for Nanowrimo.¬† I’m gonna do that for 3 or 4 more days then find a story that is the most interesting and outline that for a week or two and then write it.¬† Lots of political and sci-fi and horror story ideas bouncing around my evil head.¬† Wonder if I should do a mix of several of them, or even mix all three.¬† Damn that would be weird, and obtuse, and not just a little fun.

I’ll keep you posted.¬† Cause I’m like that.¬† You don’t need to know but I’m telling you anyway.

So there.

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And I’m telling you something else.

FUCK ROMNEY, VOTE FOR ME!  A vote for me is a vote against the established Republican order!  I promise that my first job when I become your Lord and Master President  is to repeal the law of gravity and to make Mexico illegal!

If I need to appoint a supreme court justice, I’ll pick some multimillionaire lawyer well known judge who is a real dick¬† a pillar of society and put him on the payroll make him the pick.¬† That’s what everyone else does, so why the hell not?

I will repeal Obamacare and replace it with Fuckyoucare!¬† Fuckyoucare is a proposal whose main point is simple.¬† Get sick? FUCK YOU!¬† Can’t pay your insurance premiums? FUCK YOU!¬† Need a break? FUCK YOU! Insurance companies are more important than you are.¬† Don’t like it? FUCK YOU!

I also promise to lie cheat steal, and fuck over as many people as I possibly can and make as much money for me and people who know me as I possibly can.¬† Why? Because I am an honest man!¬† I tell you that up front because I don’t want you thinking that the President is a good guy and then you find out later he’s a hater who just wanted to take advantage of you!¬† No conspiracy!¬† No bullshit!¬† The truth!

Vote Walsh/Some Other Fucking Lunatic 2012!

Plus Romney likes Mondays, that idiot (note definition above.)

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That’s it from here, America.¬† G’night.