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.


Sarah Palin vs The New York Times

Sarah Palin just filed a lawsuit against The New York Times.  That in itself isn’t much of a story.  Where it gets good is the WHY.  The New York Times ran this editorial in response to the Congressman Steve Scalise shooting:

Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become? Probably. In 2011, Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl. At the time, we and others were sharply critical of the heated political rhetoric on the right. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map that showed the targeted electoral districts of Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairsBut in that case no connection to the shooting was ever established.

Now, to be sure, this is the EDITED version of the Times editorial.  It’s watered down to appease the anticipated lawsuit I’m sure.

For starters, there was never any connection made between Sarah Palin and the Gifford’s shooting.  Ever.  They say there is.

Secondly, there was never a map targeting “Mrs. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs”.  Ever.  Here it is:

Not exactly what The New York Times is depicting.  I don’t see a single Democrat “in the cross hairs”.  Toss in the fact that Loughner was targeting Giffords over a year BEFORE the poster came out kinda makes The New York Times claim look silly.  And finish with the fact that no clear motive by Loughner was ever established.  So, basically everything about the Loughner story The New York Times got wrong.

So, given there was actually absolutely nothing connecting Palin to the attack, they ran with it anyway, knowing the shooter was a far-left radical, they were spinning it on the right.

Bad plan.

Palin filed suit today for defamation.

I’ll be watching this one for chucks and giggles and will most definitely follow up on this.

Now, the bigger picture to me is the why behind The New York Times running an endorsed editorial with actual fact contradicting the opinion of the editorial that The New York Times had actually printed.  They didn’t have to look far to get the stories behind it, they had printed it.  Now, the damage here is simple to understand.  When national media run something, anything, it takes on a life of it’s own.  It’s linked to, it’s screen capped, it’s quoted, it becomes it’s own “fact”.  Whether right or wrong, it will be used to justify other statements.  It becomes a real thing regardless of the accuracy or intent.  That’s what happened here.  There is now something on the internet that will justify “some” people’s argument that Sarah Palin contributed to Gabrielle Gifford’s shooting.  It was in The New York Times, in black and white no less.

Then, they changed it.  Partially obscuring the fact that the original claims were completely erroneous.  Not somewhat, no debatably, but COMPLETELY unfounded by any evidence whatsoever.  Loughner was targeting Giffords a long time before the crosshairs map was ever printed.  There was nothing to support this editorial.  Ever.  That doesn’t change the fact that the opinion The New York Times wanted relayed was.  Their intent was successful.  That opinion is now supported others as fact.

That, is slander.  To be clear:

a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report:

And the beauty of all this is that Sarah Palin will use those millions to promote the political opinions The New York Times hates so much it was willing to compromise the integrity, and possible sustainability, of the paper itself.

Until society demands ethical reporting, expect this garbage to continue.  And as Thomas Jefferson noted, most would go bankrupt if they did.  The New York Times knows its audience.

Kathy Dettwyler

George Takei found karma in a guy getting shot, while he was on an emergency room cot.  I’m sure he’ll find all kinds of karma in this series of events:

More love from the left.

OK, this is where Takei’s karma comes in to play.  Ms. Dettwyler was, unbelievably, fired from the University of Delaware:

As of Sunday, June 25 at approximately 5 p.m., the university has announced that Kathy Dettwyler will not be rehired to teach classes at the school in upcoming semesters. Dettwyler was an adjunct faculty member in the school’s department of anthropology. Her firing comes after widespread national coverage on regarding her Wednesday morning Facebook post in which she said that “Otto Warmbier got what he deserved.”

She very obviously got what she deserved.

I’m sure George will have a real chuckle over this.

 

Don’t trust the newspapers

To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted so as to be most useful, I should answer ‘by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.’ yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers … nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers live & die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1807

George Takei takes on unconscious Scalise


George Takei seriously took on Representative Steve Scalise, while he was unconscious, in critical condition, in a hospital.

Takei doesn’t mention the fact that the nameless black lesbian was basically employed BY Scalise ( How many black lesbians does Takei employ? ).

What

An

Asshole

Takei seriously has become a parody of everything he represented on Star Trek.  He is the poster boy of the latest stupid social division, heterophobia.  Kicking someone when they’re down HAS to have some more meaningful label than just “asshole”.