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?

 

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 )

Snopes going to bat for a liberal, again?

Dan Evon at Snopes is just all bothered by the meme implying John Kerry said that refrigerators and air conditioners are AS dangerous as ISIS.  He even states that the meme is “ridiculous”.  That’s his word, not mine.  But, he’s right.  Here’s what Kerry actually did say, according to Evon:

Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations — defense ministers and foreign ministers — as we were working together on the challenge of Daesh, ISIL, and terrorism. It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we — you — are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself. Week after week, month after month, year after year, we continue to see new evidence, scientific evidence, tangible evidence, of the danger that climate change poses to life on our planet. Last year was the hottest year in recorded history by far. Last month, the hottest month recorded. The month before that was the hottest month recorded. 2016 is on track to be hotter than last year. And the decade was the hottest decade in history, and the decade before that the second hottest in history, and the decade before that the third hottest in history.

That’s right, Dan.  Kerry didn’t say hydrofluorocarbons used in refrigerators and air conditioners were of EQUAL threat, he said they would end life on the planet whereas ISIS isn’t really much of a threat to the world since it’s now losing.

Snopes used to be objective and non-partisan.  People just trusted that Snopes was non-biased when quoting their rebuttals to rumors.

Now, not so much apparently.  Dan Evon is embarrassingly wrong on this one and obviously doesn’t even care.  I mostly cited his story when rebutting his story.  Kerry, according to Evon’s own quotes, DOES mention ISIS, refrigerators, and air conditioners, and does say their use is MORE dangerous than ISIS.  Snopes needs to fact check Snopes a lot better.

There’s not much we can do about Snopes’ biased “debunking”, but we can help John Kerry achieve his utopian dream of no more air conditioners:

James Comey

Wow.  Just wow.

Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent. Responsible decisions also consider the context of a person’s actions, and how similar situations have been handled in the past.

In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.

To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.

As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.

Let me see if I can help.

Intent?

She tells you the intent.  Her argument, “convenience”.  She didn’t want to have a separate phone.  That’s who wants to be President of the United States of America.  Someone who doesn’t want to be bothered with carrying a separate phone and is more than willing to disregard federal law in order to do it.

Some would argue that a lawyer, having got her break prosecuting Richard M. Nixon:

Would have a greater appreciation for obstructing federal law regarding personal communications.

Or, one could assume she’s not that stupid, as I do.  And, recognized that is she used a single device for communications, and it was on a federal server, ALL of her communications would have been subject to Freedom of Information Act laws.  However, if they were on her own private server, they in theory, would not.  I don’t think she was the least bit concerned with her communications regarding her official business being accessed.  But, her private emails might have presented a real problem.

Listening tour: Hillary Clinton and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saudi al-Faisal in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in March 2012

In 2011, the State Department cleared an enormous arms deal: Led by Boeing, a consortium of American defense contractors would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, despite concerns over the kingdom’s troublesome human rights record. In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, Saudi Arabia had contributed $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, and just two months before the jet deal was finalized, Boeing donated $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to an International Business Timesinvestigation released Tuesday.

That’s the kind of stuff Hillary definitely would not want subjected to FoIA if she was peddling influence in her official capacity for her own personal gain.

James Comey doesn’t even want to think about that.  Actually, I’m sure he did.  He answers directly to Loretta Lynch, who got her big break in 1999, being appointed as a US Attorney, by, you guessed it I’m sure, Bill Clinton.

No conflict there.

So, Comey did all he could do.  He said she’s guilty as hell, but he can’t prosecute her.  Loretta Lynch has already said she will only do what Comey tells her to do.

The fix was already in.

Later the same day, Hillary and Obama were more than happy to violate even more federal campaign laws:

Who pays for Obama and Air Force One to campaign for Hillary?

I’m guessing you did, whether you want to or not.

Taking bids now on whether Comey pursues this or not:

 

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