Representative Val Demings on fluctuating Constitutional Rights

Ever wonder how things get so screwed up?  Try this one:

“My First amendment rights is DIFFERENT from yours.”

OK, so, in her mind, we have different social classes?

OK.

Now, where this gets kinda scary is the fact she used to be the Orlando Police Chief.  Luckily it wasn’t her job to interpret the law, just enforce it.  However, now she’s in a position to affect the law.  And, she thinks civil rights are different for different people for apparently whatever reason she sees fit.

That folks, truly is dangerous.

Now, I’m going to give Orlando a pass for right now as Demings is newly elected.  And, I’ll give her a pass this one single time in deference to her probably not having a clue what she was trying to say.

However, I will say this, and I say it often here.  People of the Florida 10th, you know how she’s thinking.  Let’s see how well she does in 2018, knowing what you know now.

My bet, 90% of the people who go to vote never have a clue that she’s just condoned selective discrimination in complete violation of the United States Constitution.  Just call that a hunch.  In 2016 she got 65% of the general election.  Let’s see what happens in 2018.  If I’m wrong and the people of the FL-10th treat with the respect she’s earned, I’ll apologize.  Right now, I’m not worrying about having to.

 

Todd Rundgren

“If I had the power, I’d say: If you’re a Trump supporter, don’t come to my show, because you won’t have a good time. And also, I don’t understand your frickin’ values. Because I’m not singing about that. If you don’t understand that basic thing, you’re just fooling yourself.”

It never ceases to amaze me how people who devote their entire careers to saying whatever the hell pleases them, have no problem being completely intolerant to other people’s opinions.  While cashing in on claiming a higher set of values, they practice fascism and intolerance.

I had several Rundgren tunes on my cell, I don’t now, per his recommendation.  I prefer artists who do it for the art, not so they can claim some moral high road.  And for what it’s worth, I’m not necessarily a “Trump supporter”.  I just know an asshole when I hear one.

Anyone else catch that Schumer flip-flop on Comey?

I doubt it.  So, here it is again:

“I do not have confidence in him any longer,”

Not to be outdone, Nancy Pelosi chimed in as well:

“Maybe he’s not in the right job,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNN’s Jamie Gangel. “I think that we have to just get through this election and just see what the casualties are along the way.”

Even Obama took a shot at Comey:

“Setting aside the particulars of this case, I know that [Hillary Clinton] is somebody who has always looked out for the interests of America and the American people first, and I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo, we don’t operate on incomplete information, we don’t operate on leaks, we operate based on concrete decisions that are made,” Obama told NowThis on Wednesday.

OK, so Schumer stated outright he had no faith in Comey.  Pelosi suggested that after the election, he might be a casualty.  Does it get any clearer than that?  Apparently not.

Fast forward to last night:

So even though Schumer had no trust or faith in Comey at all, it was the TIMING of it that makes it bad. Right? At least Pelosi has enough sense to keep her mouth shut for the time being. I doubt that lasts through the day tho.

So, why the timing?  This, is why:

Apparently Schumer didn’t bother to read it.  I’m sure he got it, just doubt he cared enough to read it.   Now, to put this in perspective, Rosenstein is effectively Comey’s supervisor.  Rosenstein was nominated and passed the Senate with a 94-6 vote.  That is called “bi-partisan” support.  Chuck Schumer voted to confirm Rod Rosenstein.  So, as of April 25, 2017, that’s this year, about three weeks ago, Chuck Schumer very publicly supported Rod Rosenstein, and very publicly did not support James Comey.  Rosenstein effectively fires Comey, Schumer IMMEDIATELY cries foul and claims coverups and the like.  What’s the difference between wanting to fire Comey in November and Comey getting fired in May?  The “timing” as Schumer calls it?  Back to a little blurb in the first article I cited:

Schumer ― who is on track to serve as Senate minority leader for the next Congress, or perhaps majority leader based on Senate projections for next week’s elections ― is the latest in Democratic leadership to criticize Comey.

When Schumer wanted Comey fired, he fully expected to be the person making the call.  Now that he’s not, he’s going to whine about it and spin it anyway he can.  I expect Pelosi to expect everyone forgets all the criticism she’s fired at Comey and chime in on the Watergate angle as well before the day is over.

Anyone who’s followed Comey to any degree at all knows this firing had to happen.  The man was violating FBI code all over the place, pandering to whoever he was answering to at any given moment.  The way he handled Clinton’s email investigation was criminal.  I should be thankful he gutted her campaign, but I’m not.  He needs to be prosecuted for ethics violations, as well as Susan Rice.

And the ultimate irony of this is the fact that Schumer claims the firing is a cover-up for the Russian conspiracy theory that the man he’s protesting being fired just finished claiming didn’t exist.  Repeat that three times real fast.  And yeah, that feature image is intentional.  It’s OK when Schumer meets with Russians, not OK when Republicans even speak to them.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2

Some people were less than enthusiastic about the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel returns to its Guardians superheroes in this sequel, but the resulting film is lacking. Critic David Edelstein calls Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 “a big mess — with dumb jokes.”

Ignore them.  They know not what they speaketh.

Namely, they didn’t get the first movie.  Guardians of the Galaxy was never intended to be an epic motion picture with convoluted plot twists, suspense, or anything that makes you go “hmmmm”.  It’s campy.  It’s silly.  It’s goofy.  It’s just start to finish fun.  That is all.

With that in mind, citing inane silly immature dialogue to prove the point this is no Stanley Kubrick effort you’re witnessing is about as pointless as one can get.

Do yourself a favor, chill out, relax, and watch it.

My only gripe is I didn’t enjoy the soundtrack nearly as much as Volume 1.

Think Newsweek’s not biased?

Next time you read Newsweek, and hesitate for one millisecond to ponder whether the article you’re reading right now MIGHT possibly have a slant to it.  Consider this:

Kurt Eichenwald writes for Newsweek.  And, he seems to be a very, very, angry person.  Previously he wrote for Vanity Fair and Washington Times.  Seems to be a common theme in this guy’s life.  Even though great trouble was made to insure that pre-existing conditions were covered in “Trumpcare”, Kurt ignores all that, blindly assumes what we have now works, and wishes all Republicans who voted for to experience the nightmare of losing a loved family member.

The man is clearly a partisan asshole.  Is Newsweek going to do anything about his unfounded hate speech?

Yeah.

Right.

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I would have linked to his hate-speech fueled rants on his twitter, but he deleted them.  Instead he refers back to them even though he didn’t have the actual guts to keep them.  So, you can go check him out if you want.  If he’s truly got one speck of personal respectability in him he’ll come out and apologize once everyone realizes that Trumpcare isn’t what they’ve been sold by their morally devoid leaders.  I’d love to track how that develops.  Wanna?

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( And no, I’m not going to put a picture of this asshole on my blog. )

Nancy Pelosi’s Fix for Obama’s border security failure

This is, as usual, just insane:

Pelosi has this absolute obsession with taking anything that might be very obviously a Democrat failure, and trying to make it Republican. Therefore, I’m going to do the mundane and point out that Trump has been President for about three months. He’s responding to eight years of Obama trying to get it done, and quite frankly, not wanting it done. The average grade schooler would be able to see that. Nancy banks on her followers ( Yeah, that’s you California 12, aka San Francisco ), simply not caring enough to question her insane comments.

If it had been accomplished when she was Speaker, or while Obama as President, Trump wouldn’t be addressing it now. It’s that simple. For whatever reason, and I assume it’s 100% partisan politics, Nancy doesn’t care about all the violence and drugs pouring into our country across that border. The wall isn’t the best answer, but it sends a very loud message that we don’t want it any more. It if it’s people with legitimate reasons and businesses, they’ll pass through that wall easy enough.

About that Georgia 6th special primary

A lot’s being made of the Georgia 6th special primary to replace Tom Price.  Notably that a Democrat won the “jungle primary”.

  • For starters, I hate elections that dick around with the election process.  I don’t know if parties were held to their party or not.  Some states do, some states don’t.  However, given the nature of the 50% rule, I would imagine the Democrats stuck to their party to get Ossoff over the threshold whereas Republicans were probably voting their party to keep Ossoff from getting there.
  • Second, out of the approximately 700,000 people in that district, less than 200,000 voted.  26% on a special election isn’t terribly bad, but isn’t anything to get excited about for sure.  My gut feeling is the runoff will probably get a fairly higher percentage.  Maybe 35% now that the local Republicans feel challenged.  40% if it gets really heated.  That, I do expect.  This district has in the past, during contested races, hit those percentages easily.
  • When the voters do turn out there, it gets very Republican very quick.  Price routinely got in excess of 200,000 votes.  If his machine gets his people out, this is a blowout.
  • Democrat
    Jon Ossoff
    48.10% 92,390
    Republican
    Karen Handel
    19.80% 37,993
    Republican Bob Gray 10.80% 20,755
    Republican Dan Moody 8.80% 16,994
    Republican Judson Hill 8.80% 16,848
    Republican Kurt Wilson 0.90% 1,812
    Republican David Abroms 0.90% 1,637
    Democrat Ragin Edwards 0.30% 502
    Democrat Ron Slotin 0.30% 488
    Republican Bruce LeVell 0.20% 455
    Republican Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan 0.20% 414
    Republican Keith Grawert 0.20% 414
    Republican Amy Kremer 0.20% 349
    Republican William Llop 0.20% 326
    Democrat Rebecca Quigg 0.20% 304
    Democrat Richard Keatley 0.10% 227

    Although Ossoff did well, the party as a whole still was outvoted.  With only one candidate to either support or not, those percentages weigh heavily against Ossoff.

    Republicans 97997
    Democrats 93911
  • Although Ossoff has raised millions, almost all of it has come from places that can’t vote in this race. That doesn’t really do as much for him as you’d think.  Although it buys tons of advertising, people very quickly tune that out.  There’s only so much election day advertising anyone can do to actually get their voters out to vote.  Secondly, don’t think for one second Handel won’t use the outside meddling against Ossoff.  That is already a theme and they haven’t even gotten one-on-one yet.  I’d have Ossoff explaining his donors for the next month.  A lot has been made of him not living in the District, that only adds to the outsider meddling theme.  Thirdly, we’ve already seen his best shot in my opinion.  Eight million dollars got 90,000 votes.  My bet is going back to the same well just got harder.  It’ll be there, but not to the tune of another $8 million.  Now that Handel has the focus of the RNC, look for that funding to counter Ossoff’s DNC.  People have to understand that no Republican had the support of their national party.  That was effectively $8,000,000 to zero.
  • Bottom line, Ossoff’s one serious chance was to win this goof-ball jungle primary.  Unless Handel is completely inept, which I have no clue at this point, she wins by 10% or more.

My Science Fiction Tunes

Just for chucks and giggles, I’ve put together a playlist of some of my favorite science fiction songs that I’ve redone. As usual, there’s no vocals.  You have to sing them yourself.  See how many you can actually remember ( or ever even knew ) the words to:

Ziggy Stardust – Alien “Invasion”


The Man Who Sold the World – Afterlife


Starman – Aliens


Space Oddity – Space Travel


Science Fiction, Double Feature – A song about sci-fi. Duh.


Saviour Machine – Artificial Intelligence


Rocket Man – Space Travel


Oh! You Pretty Things – Making movies about science fiction


Moonage Daydream – Possibly android sexual gratification


Memory of a Free Festival – Alien contact


Me, I disconnect from you – Androids


Little Neutrino – Physics


Life on Mars! – A song about a movie about going to Mars.


Down in the Park – Future visions


Cat People – Eternal Life


Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Crafy – Alien Contact


Ashes to Ashes – Space Travel


Are Friends Electric? – Androids


Also Spach Zarathustra – AKA, theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey


Joy – Used extensively during the Apollo missions

Enjoy.  And don’t forget, I only do these for fun.

Get the much better, sometimes much different, originals here: