Rep. Ted Lieu disses the victims of Sutherland Springs, Texas

Once again we’ve had another mass killing.  This week it wasn’t with a truck.  It was with guns.  And as expected, before people could even get out of the hospital, people are politicizing the event to their gain.

Representative Ted Lieu of ( you guessed it… ) California, made it a point to walk out of a moment of silence in Congress for the victims.  He claimed he did it because he just couldn’t remain silent any more.  That whole minute was too much to ask for apparently.  As soon as he got back to his office he began to tweet.  And subsequently had this to offer:

Ok, so he was probably going along OK until he hit that plug for purely partisan participation, “help Dems take back the House”.

Now, my primary gripe is the same with the kneeling NFL players.  They don’t get why their message is being lost by them disrespecting the national anthem and those people who consider it something very important in their lives.  Their intentional disrespect overwhelms the message itself.  They could have publicly made appearances voicing their problems.  The NFL literally falls all over itself when being painted in a socially acceptable ( politically correct ) manner.  There’s ALL kinds of ways they could have positively gotten their message across without intentionally upsetting most of the people they expect to support them.

Same with this asswipe.  He’s expecting people to know that intentionally disrespecting the victims of Sutherland will get his message across so loud and clear no one will care that he dissed the deceased.  That’s worked so well in the past for, whoever it was that walked out of the moment of silence for the Las Vegas victims.  People stormed DC to show their support for those members of Congress who could not find it in themselves to give those victims one minute of respect.  Well, no, actually no one did that.  Most people just wrote about how disgusting they were and their opposition to the NRA was immediately overwhelmed by their crass heartless purely political actions.

Same with Ted.  He couldn’t wait 24 hours after his performance to tout his party affiliation.  Los Angeles, you’ve given us another problem.  We just don’t need more assholes in public positions.  Can you people not elect one person that puts ethics over party?  Please?  Is it too much to ask to put your partisan politics to the side to at the very least show respect for the victims?

Sheez.  Disgusting

 

Tom Petty

Tom Petty died last night. He had a heart attack yesterday and finally succumbed this morning mercifully. Every performer to me has a point in time that I always remember them by. This is that moment in time to me for Tom Petty. Perfect song, perfect feel, perfect look, perfect performance.

I never got to see Tom in concert. Certainly my fault, not his. He performed his heart out. His last show he said might very well be his last. He was tired of touring and wanted to spend more time with his family.

Hayley Geftman-Gold and the state of higher education

Late last night yet another horrific attack on innocent people took place in Las Vegas.  So far, 59 people have lost their lives, hundreds are injured, and most likely, the number of deceased will still increase.

And before they could even fathom how many people attending a music concert had lost their lives, Hayley Geftman-Gold had this nightmarish comment on Facebook:

“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,” wrote Geftman-Gold on Facebook, perhaps referring to Sandy Hook. “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.

That’s right, she’s not sympathetic because they’re in a different party.

That is insane.

But, what really bothers me about this isn’t the fact she’s spouting the radical liberal mantra that all Republicans are fascists demanding the right to bear arms, but that she’s not some common thug off the street.  She graduated from The University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School.  She, is a product, of our highest education.   And, being a product of our highest education, she was basically handed lucrative jobs at MTV and eventually CBS.  Now, the caveat I will toss in here is CBS immediately did the right thing and fired her, but she was a VICE PRESIDENT.  And, I’m not willing to assume she very suddenly overnight became so radical that some people are dispensable because they MIGHT support the Second Amendment, she was thinking this way the entire time she was representing legal issues for both MTV and CBS.  The legal department at these places tell the others what they can legally say, and not say.  Think about that for one second.  She fit right in at CBS until she went overboard.

But, as much of a monster as she is, this is what our higher education is creating.  The level of intolerance for the most educated in the country is scary any more.  Listen to the rhetoric we quote from professors practically every day.  It sounds like Nazi eugenics.  These people either are completely ignorant of everyday knowledge such as The Bill of Rights and The US Constitution, or, they don’t care.  They preach that they are somehow smarter than the people that created a system of government that’s lasted a lot longer than they’ve been around.  They show complete disdain and contempt for the economic system that put them through college.  And, what’s worse, is the complete intolerance we see at Berkeley and others of allowing free speech.  They’re terrified of it.  Where does this come from?  This woman isn’t so out of line with what her piers are saying.  That unless you completely agree with their politics, you’re dispensable.

Even if it’s only assumed.

God help us if this is the best we can do.  Higher education in the United States needs a gut check.  Right now.  The values they’re instilling in our future leaders is amoral at best.  I don’t get it.


For what it’s worth, Hayley has apologized, after she lost her job and almost everyone agreed on how horrible she is.

Riot! Riot! Riot!

Possibly my favorite Bowie fan-vid. The video fits the mood of the song perfectly. Especially the transition at the end when it echoes “riot” to the end.

What’s especially fun is the fact Bowie doesn’t say “riot”. It’s “bruh”. As in “brother”. Everyone says that today. No one said it in 1974. The dude was always ahead of his time. And Diamonds Dogs is still one of the five must-have David Bowie albums to fully appreciate the experience of this genius.

Ken Storey

Ken Storey is an otherwise unknown professor at the University of Tampa.  He apparently doesn’t like conservatives, or Republicans, or people who are not socialists.  Witnessing the atrocities hurricane Harvey was inflicting on people of all political beliefs and affiliations, he had those reassuring words to offer.

And, not to be outdone, took it up a notch to include people who haven’t suffered yet:

He very quickly took it down AFTER his employer strongly condemned his tweets:

So, who here feels like I do?  I’m sick and tired of people accusing innocents of hate while hating overtly and publicly.  The original post was Ken Storey being honest.  He truly thinks people who voted against his preferred candidate should suffer horribly.  That’s hate people.  Assuming someone else does because you don’t agree with them isn’t.  You just don’t get much more hate filled than what Ken Storey said.  the University of Tampa has a choice to make.  They show people they don’t tolerate hate and do something about it.  Or, they can show people that they do tolerate hate and keep him.  That’s their choice.  Hate can’t be tolerated as long as you agree with it.  If people want it to go away, they have to get rid of their own first.

Next day update: The University of Tampa has fired Ken Storey.

University spokesman Eric Cardenas said in a statement Tuesday that Storey was fired after the school weathered an outpouring of online outrage over the comments.

Good.  This guy doesn’t need to be anywhere near kids.

End of the Cassini mission

October 15, 1997. Cassini made a beautiful and perfect launch. I had just met my wife-to-be. I had no kids of my own.

January 14, 2005: Cassini drops Huygens probe on Titan. One of my all-time favoritest moments:

September 15, 2017: Cassini’s fuel has finally run out. It will take an intentional dive into the atmosphere of Saturn. Taking pics and measurements along the way, it will very doubtfully reach anything resembling a surface. Instead it will burn up and disintegrate along the way, just barely scraping the highest of Saturn’s mostly Hydrogen, incredibly windy atmosphere. I just celebrated my 16th anniversary, my son is fourteen years old.

What a remarkable mission it’s been.

Yelling Wolf in Theaters

Never a dull moment with Nancy Pelosi.

Actually, Nancy. it does:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What it does not protect is the legal ramifications of the damages caused by do it.  Nancy not knowing the right to free speech protects everyone, including people who shout “wolf” in theaters doesn’t surprise me.

Not to be too petty, but it also guarantees others the very same right to be offensive in other ways.  Namely, the alt-right marchers in Charlottesville.  As much as we may despise their message they have the same right as Nancy slaughtering quotes.

The fact that Antifa and other alt-left groups tried to deprive them of their First Amendment rights, with the support of almost all elite Democrats, is indicative of the leadership they are following right now.

Now, if Nancy HAD truly respected the Constitution more than George Soros donations, she, and other leaders, would have stressed to Antifa et al that they had a right to speak publicly.  However, if the entire world had ignored them, no one would have heard their message.  Thanks to her ignorance, along with most liberal Democrats, there were riots, fights, and one death.  The ultimate outcome not being irrelevant destruction of historical monuments, but more significantly, the alt-right’s message was displayed to the entire world.  Real smart Nancy.  Real flipping smart.  I seriously put the blame for Charlottesville squarely on the Democrat leadership.  All this race baiting crap is their doing.

San Francisco routinely gives Nancy about 80% of the vote in every election she’s in.  Unfortunately for the rest of the country, they apparently believe in voting to see what they get.  Morons.  Does it not matter at all what she’s doing?

And for those entirely lost in this rant, the quote is actually “You can not yell “fire” in a theater“.  The irony being that a lot of people like myself feel this current race media frenzy is nothing but liberals crying wolf to stir up resentment to our present President.

Eclipse protective gear

August 21, 2017 is coming.  I can’t wait.  However, I still see a lot of people asking this:

The very simple answer is yes, it will damage your eyes looking into the eyes of the sun, even if that’s where the fun is.

The very simple solution is this:

These are very simply welder’s goggles.  Get them now, they are getting more expensive every single day getting closer to August 21.  August 22 I imagine they’ll be next to free.

 

9/11 Memorial

We recently visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.  I didn’t really expect much.  I expected it to be impactful, but simple.

I was wrong.  Way, way, wrong.  It goes on and on and on.  Entire fire trucks and ambulances and twisted metal and tributes to every single victim.  It is quite frankly, overwhelming.  Everyone needs to visit this at least once in their life.  Everyone.  It will make you uncomfortable.  And you should be.  This is barbarism.  This is what happens when people can only think one way.

I watched the second plane hit the second Tower.  I watched the buildings collapse.  I experienced the total helplessness of watching thousands of people die.  Children, women, innocent people just living their lives killed in business buildings for no other reason than they were not the right kind of Muslim to suit their attackers.

Before the toxic dust had even settled, a group of musicians started putting together a show to give tribute to the city, and especially its heroes, that had given them so much.  One of which was my personal idol, David Bowie.  Now at this time he wasn’t really doing stuff I cared a whole lot for.  He was however, David Bowie, so doing different things I expected.  I was just sitting out this period for the most part.  I was going to watch the show.  But to say my expectations were subtle is an overstatement.

In the most usual way, he proved me way, way, way, wrong.  To this day, this is still either my favorite, or second favorite Bowie performance.  For whatever reason it keeps getting banned on Youtube.  I think it’s actually owned by the 9/11 Foundation at this point.  But, I’ve always felt pushing something to obscurity does nothing to enhance it’s value.  So, here it is from Dailymotion.  For whatever reason they seem to have no problem with it.  If you want to contribute to the Memorial, purchase the video or donate directly.