Trump isn’t legitimate?

I’m getting tired of all this whining going on.  Seriously, do these people not realize what big babies they sound like?  Now, the latest rhetoric is Trump isn’t their “legitimate” President.  So, because of that they’re just skipping the inauguration and what not.  Hollywood, once again, has fallen all over themselves with this mantra and now petty politicians are following lockstep inline.

Seriously, they really are serious.  They don’t really bother me that much because, at the end of the day, their opinions mean nothing.  However, NOW we’ve got Representative John Lewis making the exact same whine:

We’re supposed to just assume that all these people chanting the exact same chorus are just a coincidence.  However, John Lewis and his cohorts do bother me.  They make the laws that govern the entire country.  It’s kind of a big deal that they know the laws dontcha think?  They very obviously have no clue how the government they represent even works.  None.  Nada.  Zero.  He’s been there since 1987 and never has learned WHY the electoral college worked in this case perfectly.  His only supporting argument is the fact that California alone overwhelmed the popular vote of the rest of the entire country, including his home state that he supposedly represents.  So, disregarding the device that protects his home state from one or two very powerful states from dictating their will over the majority of the country, and disregarding the will of his own voters, he’s decided it’s all wrong and he’s going to whine about it.  Georgia must be so proud.  He’s sold out Georgia for California.  And Hollywood loves him for it.  Granted his county may have voted for Hillary, but he’s supposed to be representing the state, not just a county or two.  Besides never having learned how our republic works, he obviously never figured out his own job description.  There’s a long list of Democrats who don’t have a clue as well.  As Hollywood and CNN have supported Soros’s efforts, the list has grown:

  • Rep. Terri A. Sewell (AL)
  • Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ)
  • Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ)
  • Rep. Karen Bass (CA)
  • Rep. Tony Cardenas (CA)
  • Rep. Judy Chu (CA)
  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA)
  • Rep. Jared Huffman (CA)
  • Rep. Barbara Lee (CA)
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (CA)
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA)
  • Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA)
  • Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA)
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA)
  • Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA)
  • Rep. Mark Takano (CA)
  • Rep. Juan Vargas (CA)
  • Rep. Maxine Waters (CA)
  • Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA)
  • Rep. Darren Soto
  • Rep. Frederica S. Wilson
  • Rep. Alcee Hastings
  • Rep. John Lewis (GA)
  • Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL)
  • Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL)
  • Rep. Mike Quigley (IL)
  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL)
  • Rep. John Yarmuth (KY)
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree
  • Rep. Anthony Brown
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD)
  • Rep. Katherine Clark
  • Rep. Michael Capuano (MA)
  • Rep. John Conyers
  • Rep. Keith Ellison
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson
  • Rep. William Lacy Clay
  • Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH)
  • Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (NJ)
  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ)
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY)
  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY)
  • Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY)
  • Rep. José E. Serrano (NY)
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez (NY)
  • Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (NY)
  • Rep. Grace Meng (NY)
  • Rep. Alma Adams (NC)
  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC)
  • Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH)
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR)
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR)
  • Rep. Brendan Boyle (PA)
  • Rep. Robert Brady (PA)
  • Rep. Mike Doyle (PA)
  • Rep. Dwight Evans (PA)
  • Rep. Steve Cohen (TN)
  • Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX)
  • Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX)
  • Rep. Al Green (TX)
  • Rep. Don Beyer (VA)
  • Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA)
  • Rep. A. Donald McEachin (VA)
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA)
  • Rep. Adam Smith (WA)
  • Rep. Mark Pocan (WI)

Not all are officially going on record as protesting due to his “illegitimacy”, but the bottom line is the same.

And, just a little historical perspective.  In the past, it’s not been unusual for members of the opposing parties to skip the inauguration. It’s just not that big a deal.  Probably the only thing different this time is the amount of rhetoric that has supported their decision.

Decentralizing the federal government

The most pointless piece of legislation ever passed by Congress was Section 4 US Code 72, which states:

(July 30, 1947, ch. 389, 61 Stat. 643.)
That may have served a purpose in 1947, but it serves none in 2017.  Four of the five richest counties in the United States are suburbs of DC.  There’s no need for that. With the advent of internet and high speed communications, two people can talk just as easily on opposite sides of the country as they can in the same city.  Imagine the impact of taking some of these huge bloated bureaucracies and putting them in Appalachia, the Midwest, or the Southwestern deserts.  Northern Virginia would lose some, but hell, they still would have all the lobbyists, corporations lobbying, embassies, etc..  They’d still be rich.  The only thing different would be the poor areas not being quite as poor.
Additionally, I have experienced the “Inside the Beltway” mentality.  It’s real.  A lot of very powerful people behave very differently INSIDE the Beltway than they do outside.  Maybe if we gave them more reasons to be walking amongst the common folk they’d think a little more responsibility.
Representative Jason Chaffetz gets it, exactly.  And, he knows the root of the legal problem:

Government needs to be closer to the people it regulates. As it stands, decision makers at various agencies are largely shielded from the impact of their decisions. Housing federal agencies in a city with one of the highest median incomes in the United States is not only expensive, but keeps federal bureaucrats in an economic and political bubble that offers a distorted view of the realities facing this country.

This resolution is the first step toward decentralizing federal agencies and initiating a process that shares the wealth of stable federal jobs with other communities across the United States. I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation to identify locations where these agencies can best serve the American people.

– See more at: http://www.fedsmith.com/2017/01/12/chaffetz-its-time-to-get-federal-agencies-out-of-washington/#sthash.3RVHTiZm.dpuf

Tell your Representative to support HR 38.  It’s not enough to get the job done, but it’s a step in the right direction.  4 USC 72 needs to be repealed.  It does more damage than good now.  And quite frankly, with the advent of the threat of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists and rogue nations like North Korea and Iran, a decentralized federal government is a hell of a lot better idea than having the entire functioning government in one easy target.

Please sign the petition at change.org to let Conressman Chaffetz know you support his effort.

GOAT

Turn up the volume, get this video rolling, then read the rest:

I hate social acronyms.  Seriously, hate them.  In the age of silicon, people’s ability to communicate has reverted to a point probably just a little worse than just a little before the Dark Ages.  People speak so cryptically what they are saying could mean almost anything.  Today’s stupid sounding headline:

Aaron Rodgers made sure GOAT isn’t out of reach

Seriously, on the day of probably one of Aaron Rodgers’s favorite wins of his career, they think he’s worried about his goat not being at his side.

What’s that you say?  Even though they emphasize the word goat, they mean something completely different than what they typed?  You mean we are supposed to just assume they mean “greatest of all time” instead of an actual goat?

I can do that, but since Rodgers is nowhere near the discussion of the greatest of all time, there’s no point in assuming something that far-fetched.  It makes more sense to assume he misses his pet goat.  But, since ESPN chose to illustrate how cool they want people to think they are instead of concerning themselves with any possibility of delivering a clear message, I’m not going to read the article at all since it’s probably going to have a bunch more indecipherable slang that attempts to prove the impossible.

People, if something’s so valuable to you, spend the five seconds it takes to clearly state what it is.  BFF is “big friendly furniture”.  BAE is a “bad ass elevator”.  Get the point?  In ten years no one will be referring to GOATS as something good.  These headlines will look as silly as scientists claiming the world was heading for an ice age in the 70’s.  Spell it out.  Leave the trendy acronyms for 11 year old girls.

Got it?

 

More bad memes: Where oceans meet

And yet another, banner day on Facebook:

That’s not “where two oceans meet but do not mix”.  That’s glacial runoff, which is a very pure water, meeting ocean water, which is very salty and dirty.  Very shortly the clear water will become darker as well.

Of course, since religion is invoked, MOST people resort to name calling and insults.  There is no real discussion over whether the meme itself is accurate or not.

Shout out to the original photographer who did appreciate what was really happening:

More Bad memes: Gilligan dies every year

Ran across this on Facebook.  Facebook is an amazing source of wrong information ( fake news? ).

Only problem is, Bob Denver died in 2005.

Usually the origins of these memes is impossible to pin down.  In this case, the moron owned up to it, with several explanations:

Had no idea the dude was dead, saw a news article (NBC) talking about his death….so i cooked up this meme, i would take it down but I’m getting a kick out of watching you all come unglued that the man was already dead

And:

Some of you are acting like I’m the Russians, and I hacked Gilligan’s death and dug up his grave and killed him again lol…it was an honest mistake on my part, and would have quietly removed it, but the way that some of you are pissing and moaning and getting bent out of shape is far more pathetic than my incorrect meme……and that entertains me.

In other words, the attention outweighs the concern or respect for the person the meme was supposed to be honoring in the first place.  So, this piece of knowingly incorrect information will remain on the internet, and Facebook, forever, for nothing more than the author’s amusement.  I’m going to bet most of these memes have the exact same justification for existence, attention outweighs accuracy.

In the bigger picture, just an example of the “no responsibility” generation.  Don’t blame him for being wrong, he heard it somewhere else first, which makes it fair game.

John Kerry’s Israel meltdown

So, in a not-so-surprising move, with only weeks left in his presidency, Obama threw Israel under the bus. In a United Nations vote that defines settlements in West Bank and Jerusalem as “illegal”. the US abstained, allowing the vote to pass.  Traditionally, the US would have vetoed the vote.  Legally, it means essentially nothing.  However, it’s creating all kinds of diplomatic problems that will only make the situation in the Middle East worse, if that’s even imaginable. Obama doesn’t care about world peace, he only cares about stroking Muslim egos.

Apparently John Kerry was bothered by the criticism of Obama’s decision to throw the only democracy, and only ally we have in the Middle East under the bus.  So, he went public with his outrage:

It is important for people to know, that a major reason why he elected to throw a country under constant attack from Palestinian militia and terrorists under the bus on a world stage, is because the settlements make it impossible to make roads that go in a straight line.

Yes, he did say that.

His underlying argument is that although 99% of the geographic region that is the Middle East is extremist Islam controlled, the Israeli occupied area needs to be a two-state solution.  In theory so Iran knows who to bomb, and who not to bomb.  Right now their terrorists are killing innocent Palestinians whenever they try to blow up Jews.   That makes for messy social networking PR.

John Kerry and Obama are idiots.  Israel IS the two state solution.  The problem is the Muslims don’t accept that.  Israel has ceded lands already in efforts to appease the United Nations and Palestinians.  It got them nothing but more terrorist attacks.  If Palestinians want to live in extremist Islam rule, they have plenty to choose from within a hundred miles of where they are now.

Now, a lot of the reason I feel this way is because extremist totalitarian Islamic governments haven’t done much of anything good for the world.  Afghanistan, Iraq, iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and increasingly Egypt, have gone from fairly progressive countries to beds of terror impacting the entire planet.  Nothing good comes from those environments today.  Obama’s appeasement to the radical Islamic states such as Iran and Palestine have only empowered and escalated “rogue” terrorists in the United States and Europe.  We don’t need this philosophy festering in environments that promote it.  We need more Israels.

Additionally, this was done at a time when it could have just as easily been put off a month to allow the incoming President to determine the direction he wanted to pursue for next four to eight years.  Instead, Obama intentionally created an issue they will have to fix, with absolutely nothing to gain by doing it.  That’s just petty.

Not that this president has ever done anything petty before.  Obama needs to be called out for his childish temper tantrum.

God Save the Queen

When I was in high school, I latched on to the punk scene.  I was about 15, had become a huge David Bowie fan, and was exploring different types of music.  My favorite punk band was definitely the Psychedelic Furs, but what got it started for me, and most punks, was The Sex Pistols.  The one song that got it going for me was God Save the Queen.  It was a scathing song about the fall of the British Monarchy, as symbolized by how Queen Elizabeth II was useless and had no future for England.  The chorus is one of the best choruses of any song, ever.   Loved singing it when I was 15.  That was the summer of 1977.

By the summer of 1978, the drug fueled energy that drove their music destroyed the band.  The Sex Pistols had no future.  Before the song lamenting Queen Elizabeth II even left the charts, the band was what they had sung she would be.

As I write this, nearly four decades after they wrote the song, Queen Elizabeth II is still the Queen of England and more popular now than she was even then.  The irony of The Sex Pistols is not lost on this one time Punk Rocker.

Men’s guide to surviving hormone hostage

The Hormone Hostage knows that there are days in the month when all a man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his life in his own hands. This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver’s license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend, or significant other.

DANGEROUS: SAFER: SAFEST: ULTRA SAFE:
What’s for dinner? Can I help you with dinner? Where would you like to go for dinner? Here, have some chocolate.
Are you wearing that? Wow, you sure look good in brown! WOW! Look at you! Here, have some chocolate
What are you so worked up about? Could we be overreacting? Here’s my paycheck. Here, have some chocolate.
Should you be eating that? You know, there are a lot of apples left. Can I get you a glass of wine with that? Here, have some chocolate.
What did you DO all day? I hope you didn’t over-do it today. I’ve always loved you in that robe! Here, have some more chocolate.

This guide was sent to me by my wife.  Trust me, it works.

 

( Originally posted 6/7/2006 )

Operation Avalanche?

Where have I seen that plot before?

Oh, yeah, Capricorn One:

Is this supposed to be a sequel? A prequel? A re-imagining? A remake? Or, a ripoff?  I’m a sci-fi junkie, but I won’t be wasting my time with this.  I didn’t even enjoy Capricorn One that much.  But, it did the conspiracy theory justice.

Ten Greatest Dialogues

The BBC conducted a poll of cinema-lovers on the best dialogue in the history of film.  Here’s their Top 10:

  1. Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now (1979):

    You smell that? Do you smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn’t find one of ’em, not one stinkin’ dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like… victory. Someday this war’s gonna end…

  2. Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men (1992):

    You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know – that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives; and my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives.

  3. Marlon Brando, On The Waterfront (1954):

    Remember that night in the Garden? You came down to my dressing room and you said ‘kid, this ain’t your night. We’re going for the price on Wilson’… You was my brother, Charlie. You shoulda looked out for me a little bit so I wouldn’t have to take them dives for the short-end money. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum. Which is what I am. Let’s face it.

  4. Samuel L Jackson, Pulp Fiction (1994):

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.

  5. Michael Douglas, Wall Street (1987):

    The point is, ladies and gentleman, is that greed – for lack of a better word – is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind. And Greed – you mark my words – will not only save Teldar Paper but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.

  6. Peter Finch, Network (1976):

    I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth; banks are going bust; shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter; punks are running wild in the streets, and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it.

  7. Ewan McGregor,Trainspotting (1996):

    Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family, Choose a big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends… Choose your future. Choose life.

  8. Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry (1971):

    I know what you’re thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?

  9. Richard E Grant,Withnail and I (1987):

    What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, how like an angel in apprehension, how like a God! The beauty of the world, paragon of animals; and yet to me, what is this quintessence of dusk. Man delights not me, no, nor women neither, nor women neither.

  10. Mel Gibson,Braveheart (1995):

    You have come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight? Aye, fight and you may die, run and you’ll live. At least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!

There’s the top 10.  I haven’t been able to find it on the ‘net, but I’m sure it’s probably real.  However, there’s a couple there that do not belong IMO.  Now, I’m no cinema buff by any stretch of the imagination, but I can think of two that should have been there that were not:

Although not a dialogue in the purest sense of the word, the accompanying dialogue is so intangible it may as well be a dialogue ( accompanying dialogue omitted ):

  • Sterling Hayden, Dr. Strangelove ( 1964 ):

    Mandrake?  Have you ever seen a Commie drink a glass of water? Vodka, that’s what they drink, isn’t it? Never water? On no account will a Commie ever drink water, and not without good reason.  Water, that’s what I’m getting at, water. Mandrake, water is the source of all life. Seven-tenths of this earth’s surface is water. Why, do you realize that seventy percent of you is water? And as human beings, you and I need fresh, pure water to replenish our precious bodily fluids. Are you beginning to understand? Mandrake. Mandrake, have you never wondered why I drink only distilled water, or rain water, and only pure-grain alcohol? Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation. Fluoridation of water? Well, do you know what it is? Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?

And, once again, another of MY Top 10 Dialogues with just enough supporting dialogue to keep it going omitted:

Listen — strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.  Well you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!  I mean, if I went around sayin’ I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me they’d put me away!  Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system. Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system!  HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed!  Oh, what a give away. Did you hear that, did you hear that, eh? That’s what I’m on about — did you see him repressing me, you saw it didn’t you?

I’m just going to give up here.  How those two dialogues can not be greater than Braveheart, Wall Street, or Network just  tells me I’m not on the same wavelength as the people in this poll.  That’s not unusual tho.