Sheila Jackson-Lee’s two Vietnams

Two Vietnams, living side by side in peace?

Just curious, how many Vietnams do YOU think there are?

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According to Wikipedia, there is only one Vietnam.  That’s not really a new thing, it’s been that way since 1975 when the US pulled out and let the communist North Vietnam invade the South.

That speech by Sheila Jackson-Lee was possibly the most embarrassing speech by a Congressperson in 2010.

Immediately after that speech, she had to defend herself in a local election. She got about 70%.  In 2012, after her people had a chance to consider the intelligence of their representative and make their opinion known, 75% voted for her anyway.  By 2014, when apparently more people had a chance to ponder what was representing them, she only got 72% of the vote.  So, the impact of being really ignorant of stuff fifth graders know pretty well is you gain 2 to 5% percent in Houston.

Sheila Jackson-Lee has given the world a profound amount of inane comments and very obviously racist opinions.  But, that’s apparently what the people of TX-18 want.

Houston, you have given us a problem.

This will be a thread on my blog.  I don’t blame the very stupid politicians in office as most people want to do. I blame the people that put them there.  Politicians are not Illuminati or assigned by some deity.  It is you, the voter, who puts them there.  And, in this case, and many others you’ll see here, it’s the voter that ignores the obvious and votes for them regardless of what they do as an elected official.  So, don’t blame the party, don’t blame the media, don’t blame some generic label like “good ole boys”.  It’s you, the voter, who’s 100% at fault.  In TX-18, there are about 650,000 people.  The most votes Jackson-Lee has ever gotten as 146,000+ in 2012.  In the last race she got 76,000+.  That means less than 12% of the voters determined what the other 88% got.

If you don’t vote, you get what you deserve and you can’t blame it on anyone else.  Period.

Now you’ve got a good idea where I’m coming from on politics.  Keep reading at your own risk.

Mike Brown must go

The Bengals lost again today.

The last time they won a playoff game was 1990.

You heard that right.  1990.

I’m not talking about the Championship, I’m talking winning a single playoff game of any kind.  At any level.  They’ve not done it.

In that time they’ve been through several coaches, several quarterbacks, several star running backs, a lot of criminals, and even more players.

One thing has remained constant the entire time, the owner who inherited the team through no merit of his own, has been Mike Brown.

At this point the people are so tired of hoping Mike Brown would disappear that now you’re seeing a LOT of people pretty well accepting the fact the only way to get Mike Brown out of the picture is for the Bengals to be sold most likely to someone in another town.

I’m OK with that if it gets him out of the NFL.  Even though I was at the AFC Championship game against San Diego and about froze to death, any loyalty I had to the team has been lost.

I can get to Nashville just as easily as Cincinnati.

Best performance of Space Oddity ever

Another one of my all-time favorite performances of any song at all is David Bowie’s 1973 appearance on The Midnight Special.  It was obviously quite theatrical and over-produced, two of the qualities I always enjoyed most about Bowie.  In this performance he features The Dubreq Stylophone to give it that haunting sound. This performance still gives me chills.

Space Oddity very recently regained significance when International Space Station astronaut Chris Hadfield performed it floating in his tin can:

Not quite the production value, but once again, the coolest thing in music.

More Than This

Bumped into Bryan Ferry in London when I was a teen.  Was pretty cool, they rode up on pink trimmed Harleys.  I knew it was Roxy Music the second they pulled up, as they had signs on their bikes.  I told them I liked their stuff, they were semi-regulars on the new video music channels, but hadn’t done anything really big.  They gave us the usual meet and greet stuff, but Bryan told me to be sure and check out their next album, it was going to be huge.  The biggest hit off it was one of my all time favorite songs ever recorded.

It’s not very often someone makes a boast that big and delivers.

Does the Sun affect Earth’s climate?

At some point I’ll definitely go into greater detail.  But for the time being, do me a favor and give your opinion.  And even better, leave me a comment why.

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Imaginary greatest Bowie concert ever

If I could get Bowie to play a concert where he pretty much nailed fifteen or so of my favorite tunes, it would have looked something like this:

Who was The Man Who Sold the World?

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