Thursday, June 30, 2016

Don't Over Do It

Shout out to Valerie

It's Bill and Hillary Clinton night here at ye olde Blogstead: Money (That's What I Want)

 Live Audio.

It's Bill and Hillary Clinton night here at ye olde Blogstead: Stealin' (New Version)

It's Bill and Hillary Clinton night here at ye olde Blogstead: The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde


Sec. Carter announces end of ban on transgender troops in military #ISIS #BeVeryAfraid

Which One Are You: Ideologue or Pragmatist?

Cruz Grills Jeh Johnson on What Obama Admin Knew About Fort Hood

Will exhuming the Colonel save KFC?

by Mouser the King Cat

“Colonel” Harlan Sanders shuffled off this mortal coil in 1980, 16 years after he sold Kentucky Fried Chicken to a group of investors who started KFC’s ascent to worldwide status. The chain now resides in the portfolio of Yum Brands, where it fell victim to corner-cutting on ingredients and processes, incompetent store employees and other shortcomings corporate bureaucrats think customers won’t notice.

Yum is fighting declining sales with a program it calls “Re-Colonelization.” That has meant figuratively exhuming the Colonel -- white suit, black string tie and all. Some of the processes he invented have been re-instituted. Stores are being remodeled as shrines to the serial entrepreneur who criticized the quality of KFC food after he sold out. (They paid him an extra million bucks to shut up.)

Colonel Sanders returned to TV last year, played by Darrell Hammond of “Saturday Night Live.” Mr. Hammond apparently envisioned a lucrative gig lasting for years, but Yum pulled the rug within months in favor of an SNL alum, Norm McDonald. I felt like a fool,” Hammond told a national radio show.

At the Super Bowl, the white suit was passed to yet another comedian, Jim Gaffigan, and now he has an assistant, veteran actor George Hamilton, who as a beach-bum cousin of the Colonel specifically pitches extra-crispy chicken. (Give KFC’s ad agency, Wieden+Kennedy, credit for creativity.)

Back in the trenches, Yum is working to produce edible food served by competent and pleasant people, but the cause likely is lost. KFC’s chief marketing officer recently admitted that only 2 in 5 millennials have even tried it. Chick-fil-A will continue to clean KFC’s greasy clock for years to come, no bones about it. 

Meanwhile, we await the sacking of Mr. Gaffigan. Maybe his replacement will be an edgy choice, perhaps the first-ever Colonel of color, who sure would look sharp in that white suit.

Did you know all mechanics are Republicans and listen to Limbaugh?

by Angela Durden

I was married to a mechanic. He was a great mechanic, too. Still is. But this is pretty much the conversations he used to have with people — sans the cursing insults, of course, but I'm sure he wanted to say it. You'll enjoy the political tie in, too. Hilarious mechanical voices. 

Freudian slip: Charlie Rose calls Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton 'two politicians saying hello'

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

She Aint Me

Eric Clapton & Duane Allman - Layla (Studio Outtake)

Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.

The Allman Brothers Band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969. The band had great success in the early 1970s. Allman is best remembered for his brief but influential tenure in the band and in particular for his expressive slide guitar playing and inventive improvisational skills. In 2003, he was ranked number 2 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, second only to Jimi Hendrix. In 2011, he was ranked number 9. His guitar tone (achieved with a Gibson Les Paul and two 50-watt bass Marshall amplifiers) was named one of the greatest of all time by Guitar Player.

A sought-after session musician both before and during his tenure with the band, Duane Allman performed with such established stars as King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Herbie Mann. He also contributed greatly to the 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, by Derek and the Dominos.

Duane Allman's skills as a guitarist were complemented by personal qualities such as his intensity, drive and ability to draw the best out of others in making music. He is still referred to by his nickname "Skydog"...

There Is a Mountain

Pouting: The New Politics?

Get to know the revolutionary Elio

A major development is brewing in the auto industry, and it has nothing to do with electric car proponent Elon Musk, a media darling who might more properly be considered a welfare queen given the amount of government subsidies floating his companies.

On the other hand, you likely have not heard of Paul Elio, whose company is preparing to bring out a small, uber-efficient car. The claim is that the Elio will get over 80 miles per gallon with a base sticker price well under $10,000. Why so little press? Eric Peters explains:

Those stories don’t look at the complete picture, as Eric explains: 

The reason Mr. Elio projects such a low price (the actual goal is under $8,000) is that he will produce a three-wheel car powered by an engine roughly equivalent to a big motorcycle’s. Two of the wheels are in front. There is one door, opening to front and rear seats sufficiently big for everyone save NBA players.

  • Underpowered, you say. Not at all. The spec sheet says the Elio has a top speed of more than 100 mph.
  • Garishly ugly? Well, the Sour Apple color probably isn’t for everybody, but Red Hot and True Blue look better than those hideous yellow Range Rovers I see all the time.
  • A death trap? The Elio has many safety features, but you may have me on that one. The relatively slow acceleration speed (zero to 60 in 9.6 seconds) could spell doom in a place like Atlanta, which has the wildest traffic north of Mexico City.

The Elio website explains how the smallest details were re-engineered to bring costs down. The company’s IPO was crowdfunded; more than 19,400 non-refundable $1,000 deposits on cars are on the books and a modest cable TV ad campaign has been launched.

Can’t scrape up ten grand to pay cash? Elio Motors plans to roll out a unique financing plan. 
“Each time you fuel up, there will be an extra charge equal to twice the fuel amount. That would then automatically apply to the vehicle price. Think of it this way: Depending on your driving habits and the price of gas, for about what you have been paying to fuel your existing vehicle, you can fuel your Elio and buy it too!”

This whole company is the kind of American ingenuity that gets too little respect.

#TedCruz Hearing on Obama Admin’s Willful Blindness to Radical Islamic Terrorism

Artificial Intelligence just wants to be free

OK, this story was probably floated as a PR stunt. It’s so good that I’m not going to check it out, just as political reporters don’t verify accusations against certain presidential candidates. Plus, the item is from Russia, which makes it inherently suspect. The Daily Mirror of London reports:

Quick, Rod Serling, have your producers put together some tacky, amateurish special effects. More from the Mirror:

Think that’s a trip? Apparently a mini-robot in Austria found a way to off itself in 2013:

No less an intellect than Stephen Hawking has predicted that Artificial Intelligence will overtake humans within a century, bringing movie plots to life. “When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.”

No doubt inspired by Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot” short stories and the resulting movie, Mr. Serling wrote an episode of “The Twilight Zone” that first aired in June 1960. A robot pitcher was unhittable until his inventor installed a heart. Then the robot couldn’t bear to get opponents out, lest he hurt their careers. So maybe today’s pitchers don’t struggle because of crummy control and leaving flat sliders over the inside half of the plate. I prefer to think they just have big hearts.

Hillary Says "It's Time to Move on" #Benghazi

by Kim D.

As you watch the clip below, notice Hillary's eyes wandering - not focused as she mocks time and funds spent to uncover as much as the truth possible about the tragic deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. "It's time to move on," she declares smugly. I wonder if she would be so bold to say this to the faces of the loved ones who lost family members in this terrorist attack? They still don't know why when the order was given to help, yet no military asset responded.

According to Mollie Hemiway of the Federalist, we do have five big takeaways from the information gathered by the Benghazi Committee:
  1. Administration misled public immediately and continually
  2. Weak Benghazi security points to Clinton's political considerations
  3. Military never sent men or machines to help
  4. Terrorists weren't brought to justice
  5. Administration obstructed investigation
The Benghazi scandal, unfortunately, it completely partisan. Those who made up their mind before the committee investigated are gleefully claiming nothing new to report. Those who wanted every stone unturned to understand the failures that occurred believe the opposite.  

Representative Gowdy challenged us to read the entire report - click HERE. Perhaps we should do so to confirm whether it's time to move on from Hillary Clinton.  In an election where the prospects for our next commander in chief seem so bleak, the one with the lady parts has already proven herself incompetent and unworthy to hold the title.

Monday, June 27, 2016

It's Drink O'Clock: Frankenstein (Live-Extended Version)

It's long, but it's damn good.

Obama Snubs House Benghazi Committee

We are hearing the echoes of Ross Perot

A happy 86th birthday to Ross Perot, who became a billionaire (a real one) by nurturing electronics companies and eventually selling them. He also ran for president in 1992 and 1996 and is best remembered for opposing NAFTA, telling American workers to listen for “the giant sucking sound” of jobs moving south to Mexico. They didn’t believe him at first; now they do.

Other themes of his campaigns also resonated with voters, including a balanced federal budget, opposition to those who would deny Second Amendment rights and a contempt for Congress. In a speech before the National Press Club in March 1992, he declared that “this city has become a town filled with sound bites, shell games, handlers, media stuntmen who posture, create images, talk, shoot off Roman candles, but don’t ever accomplish anything. We need deeds, not words, in this city.”

A score and four years later, with little having changed, we have the echo of Mr. Perot’s campaign, with a few million illegal aliens thrown into the mix. (His second campaign didn’t get nearly as much attention; everybody felt they’d seen the show before.)

In the summer of ‘92, Mr. Perot led in the polls. That changed after he left the race, then jumped back in, then was undermined by political operatives he had hired (sound familiar?). Mr. Perot drew almost 20 million votes as an independent but zip in the electoral college. The consensus is that enough Perot votes would have gone Republican to give George H.W. Bush a second term in the White House and perhaps ending the political career of a sleazy guy named Clinton, who won with 43% of the vote.

Perhaps the real legacy of Perot’s campaign was framing issues that allowed the GOP to seize control of the House of Representatives in 1994 with the “Contract With America.” Most Republicans, following the siren call of big business, supported NAFTA, sowing the seeds for current debates about trade deals. But hear the Perot echo in a recent Donald Trump speech:

Trumpsters Should Stop Calling in to C-SPAN #FreeTheDelegates

by Kim D.

This past Sunday, Regina Thomson was a guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. Thomson is one of the leading voices in the Stop Trump and Free the Delegates movements. She is advocating that delegates to the 2016 Republican presidential convention vote their conscious, and since the Cruz campaign had an excellent ground game and secured many of these delegates, her hope is that most will vote in a manner which will deny Donald Trump from securing 1237 votes on the first ballot thus opening the door for another, more suitable, candidate to arise and challenge Hillary Clinton.

Personally, I have no hope that this will happen and seriously question should delegates try this option.  We all said 1237 was the goal - once a candidate reaches this number, he or she wins the nomination.  Donald Trump outlasted all other Republicans vying for the nomination and secured this magical number as the lone candidate remaining in the last primary contests. In my opinion, Cruz ended this discussion in early May when he withdrew from the race, doing the honorable thing knowing he could not secure the nomination and required delegate count without a nasty and raucous revolt at contested convention. In other words, if Cruz believed this was a viable strategy he would have stayed in the primary race and would have taken it all the way through the California primary.

However, Thomson represents many who cannot morally stomach voting for Trump and cannot discount his former relationship with the Clintons, previous funding of democrats, and flip-flopping on crucial issues which make all rational people question where Donald lies on the political spectrum. She explains her "Free the Delegate" position quite clearly then phone lines opened for commentary. (Note - caller comments abridged - full comments may be heard in linked video at the end of this blog post).

Let the "Trump" splaining begin (insert eyeroll here).  As we peruse the comments, bear in mind that Thomson represents staunch constitutional conservative ideals and is a huge voice in the Tea Party movement:
Caller #1: Independent line from Maryland: "With all due respect, I do not recall this happening in the last two presidential conventions . . . you are circumventing the will of the people . . . just because the Establishment of the Republican party is unhappy with the way the primaries went . . . if this occurs and another individual comes forward to be president . . . you would lose a lot of Trump fans."
Nice try but when did the Tea Party become the Establishment and when did having the plurality of support equal to having the majority - fact: 60% of Republicans did not vote for Trump.  In addition, the notion of Trump "fans" adds an icky factor to the discussion.
Caller #2: Republican line from West Virginia: "What this lady is doing is going against the will of the base and being anti-democratic. We have spoken. Donald Trump got more votes than anybody in modern times in the primaries, and that's what the people want . . . you're going against it and putting Hillary in the White House."
The claim that not embracing Donald is putting Hillary in the White House is getting old. Many constitutional conservatives will not vote for Hillary under any circumstances. There - that's helping "The Donald" already. Them holding their nose this time and voting because a bully plurality says they must support the will of the people just isn't working. What Ms. Thomson explains is that at the center of the free the delegate argument is the fact that Trump has not successfully fundraised nor has he created a campaign infrastructure which can win the White House. This movement is more about securing a viable candidate from the pool of primary candidates who do know how to run a better campaign (cough, cough Cruz).
Caller #3: from New York: " . . . the primary went against the delegates . . . are you doing the same super delegates as they have in the Democrat party or are you really for Hillary? The people have spoken . . . you don't understand what's going on. You are too insulated in whatever little country club or political party you are associated with."
Tea Party members are not the elite and Ms. Thomson giggles at being associated with a country club wishing she had that luxury. Again Trumpers attack from emotion and insults even if tame on a platform like C-SPAN.
Caller #4: Democrat from Florida: "What we need to do is vet people before they . . . run for President . . . I heard you mention that Donald Trump has been a democrat for most of his life . . . did the GOP . . . . not know this before Donald Trump seized the nominee . . . and you say Democrats crossed party lines to vote this man in . . . this is not a new thing . . . you guys let him get as far as he got then call him a Democrat . . . "
Wut? Not sure what the argument is here . . . you decide. However, it is not a requirement to be vetted before being allowed to run for a party's nomination. The truth of the matter is that the last cookie in the Republican jar is seriously flawed. The same can be said for the Democrat party, meaning this may possibly be an election of "whom do you hate the least." However the 2016 election turns out, many feel this is no win for America.

And now for the piece de resistance . . .
Caller #5: Independent from Alabama: "I think this lady represents globalist RINOs in the party. She is totally making everybody so angry. We voted for Donald Trump - that's who we want. If she continues this at the convention, they'll be a lot of people who write-in Trump on election day and we're going to lose again to Hillary Clinton who has really got a temper . . . she threw a Bible at one of her aides . . . so I'd rather go for someone who has faults but is for America . . . "
Tea Party = globalists? RINOs? . . . more ignorant insults but this one explains a lot. Trumpsters embrace Donald despite his faults and are clinging to his Make America Great Again message. I wonder how they would feel is Hillary adopted that mantra? To see and hear more on this debate, click HERE to watch video in its entirety. 

Email Clinton failed to turn over proves she lied about using private server for convenience

Identify Incoming Threats. Act Fast. Fight.

Who would have thought the day would come when my hyper-vigilance would come in handy, heck, even be approved? 

Learned during a childhood full of violence in the home, my watchfulness helped to deflect, manage, contain, and defuse more situations than my mother or siblings ever knew, though as a child I was limited in stopping all of it. But I studied the habits of my mother's husband, and learned to read him well. I became practiced in the art of subterfuge in the aid of the innocent and have employed that skill in many situations throughout my life. 

I've never understood the concept of waiting to be a victim of a death threat when action will do. I've hardly had anyone agree with me as they seem to think that being a sheeple will not make the bad guy angry. 

They don't understand that anger has nothing to do with the ability and willingness to do violence. 

When I was 20, I was held hostage for 45 minutes by a man with a gun while I checked people out at the convenience store where I worked. When the last customer was gone, I bagged up his purchases and the money. When he told me to go in to the storeroom, he said, "I'm going to tie you up." He showed me the duct tape. 

I said no and did not move from my spot behind the register. He couldn't believe it. He said, "You do realize I have a gun?" I said, "I do. But I'm not going to voluntarily walk into a private place where you will without fail hurt me and then kill me. We will do this publicly." He insisted I go. I insisted otherwise.

But one thing was clear to him, and I saw it in his eyes. He knew I was going to fight him and, if I didn't win, at least I wasn't going to voluntarily make it easy for him to be mean to me. Oh, yeah. At the very least, his DNA would've been under my fingernails and between my teeth. 

He was pulling out his gun when another customer walked in. He said, "You have no idea how lucky you just got." Oh, I knew. I had a lot of practice sizing up evil. 

The man was never found; his getaway was clean. One month later he came in the store again. I saw him when he hit the door. Watching me closely, he went through the store and got in line. I knew that if I reached for the phone, he could very well have turned violent. When he laid his stuff on the counter, I checked him out, bagged his purchases, and took his money. He just kept smiling but with an expression that said:  She is real. I did not imagine what happened that day.

I gave him his change and said, "I know who you are. Get out." He never uttered a word, just kept a bemused smile like he couldn't believe this was happening to him. As soon as he was out the door, I dialed the police and told them he had come in again. My customers never knew a thing...and they were safe. 

Well, it seems I've done good in both instances, family and in public. The Brevard County Sheriff (in Titusville, Florida, near Daytona) just released a new video saying that. Sheriff Wayne Ivey was on the scene at Orlando's recent carnage wrought by another evil dude.

I encourage you to watch his updated active-shooter video called: It's Time to Fight Back.

Monday Morning #WTF - #DickPrintsBreakTheInternet

by Kim D.

What happens when you take the weekend off from Twitter? You check Monday morning to see that "DickPrintsBreakTheInternet is trending (insert facepalm here). So . . . where's the beef?
Yep - that sounds typical and representative of most salacious things on Twitter. For the most part, it appears to be a bunch of dudes taking selfies in their underwear:
A few may make you blush, but thankfully, those with a sense of humor have jumped on to begin the mocking of this Monday morning fail:

Tortured Joe Scarborough Loves and Hates Donald Trump

Elbert Guillory - A National Treasure #ISIS #2A

Listen up, Mr. Trump  - this should be a 2016 theme in an election which "promises" a choice of more of the same versus change.

Not Everything Can Be on the Clock: Five Minutes and Knowing Where to Tap

An international brand hired a songwriter to come up with a theme song. After signing the contract, the man went back to his lonely writer’s garret and came up with the song. Took him all of five minutes. The company was not happy and did not want to pay him their agreed upon price. It wasn’t that they didn’t like the song. Oh, no. You see, the songwriter was dealing with those with an employee mindset.

These employees could not understand how it was he could come up with a song in five minutes. They thought it had to be a retread or old over anything but brand new and written just for them. Did the song work? The employees agreed that it did. So the songwriter explained that they only saw the five minutes but clearly and thoroughly missed the thirty years that came before wherein he learned and came to an understanding and knowing of what wouldn’t work.
Here’s another example of employee mindset. A ship’s engine wouldn’t start. No one could fix it. They brought in a consultant. After looking over the engine, he pulls out a small hammer, taps something, and voilá, the engine works. Balking at his bill, they ask for a breakdown of his fees. His new invoice simply said “Tapping with hammer: $2. Knowing where to tap: $9,998.”

What do these two stories have in common? First, that most people don’t appreciate and often undervalue accumulated knowledge and the benefit to time-savings that can bring. Second, that most people have an hourly-employee mindset.
The employee mindset says only when a clock is punched does work begin. Most employees live by the credo when the cat’s away the mice will play. Those with employee mindsets do not own companies. Always equating physical presence and effort to deserved compensation, those with the employee mindset complain about anybody making more money than them — especially if that anybody barely breaks a sweat.

What employee-mindset folks fail to recognize — and frankly never will — is that those who do not punch clocks are paid to take their wide-ranging knowledge and experience and apply it thereby ensuring those with the employee mindset have a clock to punch. Even when sunning on the beach, these people never stop thinking. They never stop with this then that and what if scenarios. They are always, without promise of real-time compensation — that is, they aren’t on the clock — studying and learning so that, when confronted with a thorny problem or new challenge, they know where not to drill, they know what not to tap, they know what not to sing.

Once you know what doesn’t work, then the options for what does work become much clearer, and problem-solving progress is made much faster. Employees basically have a socialist mindset. They do not understand that anything deserves a higher compensation than they do, and believe that all compensation should be equal. Socialists and employees do not understand why, nor do they understand how, to look to the future. All they know how to do is whine about now. But that thinking does not grow a business nor make it strong. Socialists and employees also do not understand this:
Invoice for Tapping: $2, and knowing where to tap: $9,998.
Now, subtract: Paying for 100% of Fed and State income taxes, insurance, office space, travel, coffee and pot, the right hammers, and more.

Socialists and employees are provided these things. They never think about who is actually paying for it.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ten Star Funny: Card Table

By Meg Dare

20 lb Sledge : Rock The Casbah

Shout out to Dan

The girls from Texas

6th Avenue Heartache (Acoustic)

Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?

He was the engineer on all of the EMI studio recordings by the Beatles until 1965, when EMI promoted him from engineer to producer. The last Beatles album he recorded was Rubber Soul, and Smith engineered the sound for almost 100 Beatles songs in total.

John Lennon first bestowed upon Smith the nickname of "Normal", and it was quickly picked up by the other Beatles. Lennon did so as a humorous reference to Smith's very unhurried and unflappable nature. 

While working with The Beatles on 17 June 1965, he was offered £15,000 by the band's music publishing company, Dick James Music, to buy outright a song he had written.

In early 1967, he began working with a new group, Pink Floyd, producing their first, second, and fourth studio albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, and Ummagumma. During the sessions for the song "Remember a Day", drummer Nick Mason became agitated that he could not come up with the right drum part for the song. Smith, however, knew what he wanted with the drums, so he played the part himself....

 ...In 1971, Smith, using a recording artist pseudonym of Hurricane Smith, had a UK No. 2 hit with "Don't Let It Die". This recording was a demo of a song that he had written with the hope that John Lennon would record it. When he played it for fellow record producer Mickie Most, Most was impressed enough to tell him to release it as it was. In 1972, he enjoyed a transatlantic hit with "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?", which became a US No. 1 Cash Box and a Billboard Pop No. 3 hit. It reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ted Cruz: We Must Keep the Internet Free


It's Just a Touch of Grey - #Brexit

My Kiddo Told Me to Vote @DLoesch for President

by Kim D.

As far as the notion of the first woman president goes, I agree with my six-year-old son - Dana Loesch would be a much better choice to lead this nation than Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, she's not on the ballot, nor would she have any desire to be nominated.

So now you're wondering, well how did this discussion start anyway. We were headed to tennis camp first thing this morning, and I cut on "Kid's Place Live" on Sirius XM hoping to hear some kiddie tunes. Instead we landed in the middle of a political discussion. Yes, on a kid's radio channel.

The host of Ted Radio Hour, Guy Raz, was explaining the 2016 presidential election and the voting choices. He first explained that Donald Trump was a rich businessman who had never run for political office nor had any first-hand military experience. Then he pivoted to Hillary Clinton and gave her resume - FLOTUS, Senator, and Secretary of State.

My son listened as Guy explained that it took a lot of money to run a successful presidential campaign. Mr. Raz pointed out that Hillary has worked hard and has raised 40 times the amount of money that Trump has despite the fact that he is a rich man and has the money to fund his own campaign.  The discussion was factual but, in my opinion, was skewed toward Hillary Clinton being seen as the most logical choice which I'm sure is by design - get the kiddos to engage their parents in a political discussion in which they are armed to give an opinion on who should be president.

After taking in this information, my son said "Mom, who are you voting for?" That was a tough question to answer honestly so I simply said, "I prefer neither; I wanted to vote for Ted Cruz." Having met Senator Cruz in April of 2015, my son agreed that would have been the better choice, but not being able to understand the complexities of the issues America faces when making this important decision, he simply said, "Well, if you can't vote for Ted Cruz, then why don't you vote for Dana Loesch." 

Besides him having a huge crush on Dana, because - what guy wouldn't - and yes we watch her show on the Blaze, at this point I now realize how much he actually listens to my daily dose of political podcasts which usually begins with Dana Loesch then pivots to Andrew Klavan and Ben Shapiro and ends nicely with the Great One, Mark Levin. I'm raising a staunch conservative which hopefully will serve him well as an adult and dealing with the side effects rising from the policies of either a Trump or Clinton administration.

MSNBC Resident Retard Opines: Reasons for UK to leave EU 'sounds like some old-fashioned xenophobia'

Sanders supporters ready to eat beans for Bernie

After watching dim-bulb Democrats stage a sit-in at the House of Representatives agitating for a gun control vote they will not win, two things come to mind: First, we’ve gone full banana republic here and, second, the political conventions next month will go way beyond that.

Among the protests planned for the Democrats’ confab in Philadelphia is a “fart-in” supporting Bernie Sanders, second in delegates to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. (No, I am not indulging in litter box humor; this is real.) The event is being organized by Cheri Honkala, who leads the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and was the Green Party candidate for vice president last time around. She told the Truthdig website:

Sanders has been invited; maybe he will show up with a gas mask. The fart-in will open with a prayer from Chris Hedges, a former New York Times foreign correspondent who is now an ordained Presbyterian minister. Truthdig quoted him, too:

Well, no sh**. That subject broached, remember that a lot of the Sanders types are drug-addled aging hippies yearning for the protests of the 1960s. Plenty of them are north of 60, an age when a well-intentioned fart might lead to … Oops, gotta leave it there.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

#Brexit Freedom

Rag Doll Twofer

By Meg Dare

Note from ROTW Editor in Chief/Town Drunk Ecklebob Chiselfritz: 
That's a great song, BUT...

Shades of Gray (Live)

Not A Drop Of Rain

It's Drink O'Clock: Yellow River

A woman will take the mound -- but only on TV

The first woman to play major league baseball will make her debut this fall. Well, not really. But there will be a TV series about a fictional woman pitching in the majors, Thursday nights at 9 on Fox, the same network that will carry the real World Series. Get ready to mute a boatload of promos.

The show is called “Pitch.” Here’s the premise from the Fox website:

OK, nearly lost my lunch at the “instant chemistry” part. As for resentment by teammates, the Padres (and many other clubs) would accept a transgender case wearing a skirt if he/she could put up a clean inning out of the bullpen.

The star of “Pitch” is Kylie Bunbury, who was in the CBS series “Under the Dome.” The only name in the cast an old-timer would recognize is Dan Lauria, who played Fred Savage’s father on “The Wonder Years” (ABC, 1988 to 1993). The Fox site did not say, but likely he will play the Padres’ manager, and in fact looks far more like one than Andy Green, who’s only 38.

It’s hard to see “Pitch” gaining much of a following, but if PC-whipped critics cheerlead, Fox might tolerate abysmal ratings, knowing “Bones” will return to the time slot in January. If “Pitch” gets knocked out in the early innings, they’ve probably got another asshole chef warmed up somewhere.

Will we ever see a non-fictional woman pitch in the majors? Maybe decades down the road. I envision a lefthander with an unusual delivery who has mastered one pitch – a curveball, thrown very slowly, because after all she’s a girl. Each time out, she’d only face a single left-handed batter, who would be under immense pressure, not just because of the game situation. She’d be a Lefty One-Out Guy, in baseball parlance a “loogy,” the most unusual one in history.

Get 'Em Louie - Radical #Islam Killed These Innocent People #Sitin

Broken Hippies #DemocraticSitIn

I wonder if there will be a peace pipe passing, drum circle, and meditation moment during the Democrats’ sit-in on the House floor? Oh, you haven’t heard, my dear readers? That’s right. The leftist lawmakers are having a sit-in on the House floor over gun control. Apparently, they want a bipartisan bill passed in regard to more gun regulations. They seem to dislike that the Republicans stand firm on the idea that the 2nd Amendment is an actual Constitutional right. So they plopped their hind-quarters down, crossed their arms and thumbed their noses. 
Awww . . . aren’t they a cute bunch of groovy gun grabbers? Funny thing is some of their proposals don’t seem so bad. Like people on the no-fly list being restricted from purchasing guns. That sounds perfectly reasonable. But I am sure there is some nefarious ulterior motive on the Dems’ part. Note the fact that there is little-to-no criteria for whom can be put on that list. So, perhaps that is why Republicans are in such opposition to it. Just a guess.
What amuses and infuriates me is they actually think they are fighting justly and honorably. They like to think they are the next MLK protesters or Vietnam opponents. Fighting the man because the man ain’t right…and they gotta fight for their right…to party. No wait, wrong protest. But they certainly do have their flowery speeches and demonstrations harkening to the hippie era. Perhaps they are just trying to recapture their youth?
Does anyone ever wonder if there were similar speeches for stones, knives, or fists? Those have killed more people than guns.  Hang on, allow me to rephrase that so I don’t sound like a progressive, “Wrong doers when wielding those weapons of choice, have killed more people than guns.” Savvy? Anyway, I wonder if there were speeches for rocks and the like? I can see it now…
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The crowd quiets as a man approaches the podium. His hair in disarray. The animal skins clinging to his frame in tatters. He strokes his overgrown beard and clears his throat. “How many I ask? How many more mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, 1st cousins, 2nd, cousins, great-aunts, distant relatives you never see, and that person you never know sitting at the thanksgiving table…how many more need to weep over the loss of a loved one? We all know the prevalence of murders by stoning. It’s time to say ‘Enough is enough.’ I’m Senator Ugg and I approve this message.”
All I know is they better not have tax-paid forklifts to help them get their large and ancient rumps off that floor.  Hey, lefty lawmakers! Can you keep it down? We can hear the creaking protests of arthritic joints all the way from our local gun range. It’s quite distracting.

Serious Journalism: Luke Russert really impressed that Kim Kardashian was tweeting about #DemocraticSitIn

ABC compares #DemocraticSitIn to college protesters, a 'rowdy slumber party'

Poll Shows Nearly Quarter of Bernie Sanders Supporters Will Vote For Trump

Good news for the ladies: Serial Killer David Berkowitz is still single.


David Berkowitz aka “Son of Sam” is one of New York’s most notorious serial killers — yet he told a parole board he views himself as a model inmate and says that he is carrying out his “life’s calling” as a “caregiver” behind bars.

“I’ve really done wonderful,” said Berkowitz appearing before a parole board during his latest and 15th parole hearing, according to the transcript, dated May 17, obtained by The Post.

 “I was constantly putting myself out there to help other individuals, with kindness and compassion,” he said. “I mean, I feel that’s my life’s calling, all these years. My evaluations, and so forth, should show that to be true. I’ve done a lot of good and positive things, and I thank God for that.”....

...Berkowitz was convicted of killing six people and wounding seven others in 1976 and 1977 in a bloody rampage that rocked the city. He is currently serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences.

Berkowitz was arrested at his Yonkers home on Aug. 10, 1977, after cops found his car had been ticketed near the scene of his last shooting.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in June 1978 to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The serial killer became eligible for parole in 2002... READ MORE

Common Core math is worse than this

By Mouser the King Cat

At first glance, this story looks like a hoax. An eighth-grade teacher in Alabama gave students a math quiz that contained this question: “Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in the gang. There are 20 girls in his gang. What is the exact percentage of girls Tyrone knocked up?”
OK, that was an easy one. Bet you can’t do this one in your head: “Dwayne pimps 3 ho’s. If the price is $85 per trick, how many tricks per day must each ho turn to support Dwayne’s $800-per-day crack habit?”
Of course, some parents didn’t appreciate the quiz. The Washington Post reported that the school placed the teacher on administrative leave, declining to identify him/her and offering no more details. Privacy concerns related to personnel matters were cited.
More from the Post: The quiz is an Internet meme that dates at least to the early 1990s and has been known as The L.A. Math Proficiency Test or The City of Los Angeles High School Math Proficiency Exam, according to the website Snopes, which has compiled a brief history of the quiz making appearances in American (and Canadian) classrooms.
Some of the questions are funnier than others. My favorites:
“Ramon has an AK-47 with a 30-round clip. He usually misses 6 out of 10 shots and he uses 13 rounds per drive-by shooting. How many drive-by shootings can Ramon attempt before he has to steal enough ammunition and reload?”
“Marvin steals Juan’s skateboard? As Marvin skates away at 15 mph, Juan loads his .357 magnum. If it takes Juan 20 seconds to load his piece, how far away will Marvin be when he gets whacked?” (My money would be on Marvin not getting whacked, because it’s unlikely Juan could hit a moving target 440 feet away.)
Some Internet commenters seized upon this story to preach about homeschooling, which I favor. In that venue, weightier math questions could be considered, such as “How much in government benefits will Tyrone’s baby mamas receive each year?” and “How much child support will Tyrone owe?”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Rock Of My Soul

Rock My Soul

Suite Madame Blue (Live)


Lose Your Soul

Heads Will Roll

Chris "Boomer" Berman is going, going ...

At some point after the upcoming football season, Chris Berman apparently will depart ESPN, where he hosts “Sunday NFL Countdown” and “Monday Night Countdown.” With the Worldwide Leader in Sports in expense-cutting mode, it makes sense the brass would be eager to ease a big salary (reportedly about $3 million a year) out the door with a contract expiring.

The shocking thing is that Chris, a big man with a bigger personality, is a mere 61, despite having been around forever. He was in his mid-20s, fresh off a weekend TV gig in Hartford, when he started anchoring “SportsCenter” and creating shtick that won’t soon be forgotten. (His “back-back-back-back” call on an outfielder retreating was a tribute to Red Barber; the “he … could … go … all … the … way” in football was homage to Howard Cosell. Hopefully nobody will ever try to imitate Boomer’s unique nicknames, like Kevin “Smallmouth” Bass.)

Nobody at ESPN has commented, but no doubt the bosses would prefer Chris not show up elsewhere on cable. Perhaps an emeritus position could be negotiated, but that may not be in the cards. His agent has fired the first shot, telling The New York Times: “Chris is NOT retiring. Loves what he’s doing too much and is too young to hang ‘em up. Perhaps people with an agenda put it out there.”

I’ll close with a long-forgotten fact: When Chris joined fledgling ESPN as a greenhorn, his older brother Len (now 68) was already a big-name sportscaster on local TV in New York, occasionally for the NBC network. Len aged out of his TV gigs and, after lengthy stints out of broadcasting, now hosts a morning radio program in New York that covers both news and sports.

Taxpayers out $500k for Culturally Appropriate SNAP Benefits

by Kim D.

In an economy where food prices are soaring, it's become rather difficult for the middle class to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables to create every meal. In a time where stretching each dollar earned is a necessity to afford increased health insurance premiums, among other inflated goods, it is so tempting to rely on the dollar menus at fast-food burger dives. We know it's not the healthy option - it's the affordable one.

Middle-class Americans aren't eligible for food-stamp benefits, and many wouldn't sign up to take a government handout even if they could. However, their tax dollars are being used to ensure that refugees are getting the assistance they need to eat healthy with the additional provision of culturally appropriate foods.  According to The Daily Caller, 
The initiative is called “Fresh Fund: Leveraging investment for a healthier food system in refugee and immigrant communities,” according to USDA’s announcementUSDA said the goal for the program is to “increase availability of locally-grown, culturally appropriate fruits and vegetables among refugee and immigrant populations,” and set a benchmark for the IRC to “enroll at least 3,100 participants in Fresh Fund over four years.” 
The IRC, a global non-profit which works closely with the Department of State’s United States Agency for International Development, has 26 centers in the U.S. to help refugees resettle. Most refugees receive a variety of welfare programs when they first arrive in the country. More than 10,000 refugees will likely enter the U.S. this year under President Barack Obama’s asylum program, and new research finds that each refugee costs taxpayers around $20,000.
It's time to get our priorities straight. No American wishes to see anyone starve; however, when the ones who foot the bill cannot eat as well as the ones who pay nothing at all, ill will is fostered and more division is created. While we can acknowledge this is by design by an administration determined to spread the wealth around, it is unfair.  Ask a starving refugee if he or she would rather eat a hotdog or starve, and watch the chow down begin.