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.

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.

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.


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.

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. )

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.

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.

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?