tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-341888002019-03-31T02:29:04.516-05:00Tater Tots For The MassesHe fed the masses with two wieners and five tots.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.comBlogger1225125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-75236787407924804272019-01-09T08:57:00.002-06:002019-01-09T08:57:47.278-06:00Fences Make Good Neighbors, Walls Make Safe CountriesGod as my witness I never thought I'd utter these words, "<i>Trump is the logical, sane, adult in the border battle.</i>"<br /><br />I've quit Twitter because of the ridiculous partisan bickering.&nbsp; The ones who oppose Trump will not listen to any reason or accept any proof for facts (except from sites like Mother Jones, Vice, CNN and MSNBC), and drop to ad hominem attacks if you continue to stand your ground.<br /><br />There is no "Good Faith Debate" in the US anymore.&nbsp; The exchange of differing ideas is dead and has been replaced with, "You don't think like me so you're a Nazi."<br /><br />I'm at the point I'm having to remove friends from Facebook because all I see is REEEEEing about "<i>Trump did this</i>" or "<i>Liar Liar said this</i>."&nbsp; These are lifelong friends who have become so deranged I can't view my feed to see what everyone is doing without having to wade through their vitriol.<br /><br />I can bring up the Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986 and the fact we DID NOTHING to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the country afterward.&nbsp; We "Corrected" a problem, a "One time" event with the promise of border control t follow. (Spoiler alert: border control never came.)&nbsp; Fact like this (and many, many others) are blown off with "<span style="color: red;"><i><b>WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN??? REEEEE!!!</b></i></span>"<br /><br />Last night I saw the completely ignorant response of "<i>TRUMP HAS HAD TWO YEARS OF A REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS! HE SHOULD HAVE FUNDED THE WALL IN THOSE TWO YEARS!</i>"&nbsp; This one is <i>partially</i> correct since he's only had <i><b>ONE</b></i> budget to approve since he's been in office.&nbsp;<br /><br />Trump was elected in November 2016 and sworn in January 2017.&nbsp; The budget for fiscal year 2017 was already in place since it was passed in the Autumn of 2016 prior to him taking the oath of office.&nbsp;<br /><br />In the autumn of 2017 he was handed a budget where he said, “<a href="https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/23/donald-trump-border-wall-16-million-funding-restrictions-attached/" target="_blank">I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it.</a>”&nbsp; He said he wouldn't sign another budget like the one for fiscal year 2018 again because Congress gave the border wall funding $1.6 billion.&nbsp; Keep that in mind, Trump specifically told them he would not sign another budget without the requested funding.&nbsp;<br /><br />The left now has the audacity to pretend to be shocked that Trump is sticking to what he said.&nbsp; Of course, they get away with it due to the ignorance of their side and the weak-willed Republicans who didn't say "To Hell with my 'Career' in politics, I need to do what's right for America."&nbsp; They also know if they can get Trump to back down, that will be his "<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Read_my_lips:_no_new_taxes" target="_blank">Read my lips, no new taxes</a>," moment.&nbsp; Besides, they don't have skin in the game, they aren't the ones suffering.<br /><br /><b><i>How long will it take before you realize YOU ARE BEING USED?</i></b><br /><br />How completely, utterly stupid is the Democrat leadership?&nbsp; Rather than take this advantage to leverage the President for something they really, really want and give him the border wall, they are forcing the government shutdown.<br /><br />But the media, and the uninformed, blame Trump.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-44452233520651589342019-01-07T08:42:00.000-06:002019-01-07T08:42:14.549-06:00Amusing Myself - January, 7th EditionThese are the things I do to amuse myself and prevent me from committing homicide.<br /><br />First up, a drawing I did for Dan Bongino (which he'll probably never find).&nbsp; I thought it might make a funny shirt for his "Chum Store."<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g96AUAnSSYA/XDNgFUVzzjI/AAAAAAAADPo/VXUtsf6NcmEJ2QHo4nk0u-yd6-Qw80UGgCLcBGAs/s1600/Dan_Bongino_With_Color.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="901" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g96AUAnSSYA/XDNgFUVzzjI/AAAAAAAADPo/VXUtsf6NcmEJ2QHo4nk0u-yd6-Qw80UGgCLcBGAs/s640/Dan_Bongino_With_Color.png" width="360" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dan Bongino - Action Figure!</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Or, he could let his youngest daughter print this one off and use her daddy as a coloring sheet.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6vLHK-CFbHI/XDNgJKY-6yI/AAAAAAAADPs/WFTKp-g47EowayqMv-3bRYJy1YrwJKMGwCLcBGAs/s1600/Dan_Bongino_Without_Color.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="997" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6vLHK-CFbHI/XDNgJKY-6yI/AAAAAAAADPs/WFTKp-g47EowayqMv-3bRYJy1YrwJKMGwCLcBGAs/s640/Dan_Bongino_Without_Color.png" width="398" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dan Bongino - The Coloring Book!</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Next up, YouTuber Nick Rekieta (aka Nicky Rackets) of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbkjX3E0IhuUfPzL0FjSPaw/featured" target="_blank">Rekieta Law</a>.&nbsp; I wanted to give him something I enjoyed more than his "Anime Lawyer" look.&nbsp; It's... OK...<br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1113" data-original-width="1600" height="444" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5JQ1SfHscJA/XDNikGF8WTI/AAAAAAAADP8/HGZ5gBy0-7gm-EGv-wa-0zHYzgMM07gUACLcBGAs/s640/NickyRackets_001.png" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="640" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">"Eat a hand grenade" is my favorite Nicky Rackets quote of all time.&nbsp; Suck it Mark Zaid.</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Finally... I got some slight amusement from Ya Boi Zack at COMICS MATTER (formerly Diversity and Comics).&nbsp; In a video review for the comic "Hex Wives" he read and commented this:</div><br /><br /><center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YrpO0qQ-oBo?start=451" width="560"></iframe></center><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I didn't specify Kanji in my translation, but he led to this line of thinking for me.&nbsp; This is what happens when I get an idea stuck in my head.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AHo2115EshU/XDNkVpZkh9I/AAAAAAAADQI/0c3C7ZI3gxs2TOcV9LN3xJWuxYzlw8xAgCLcBGAs/s1600/CatsPoop.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="426" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AHo2115EshU/XDNkVpZkh9I/AAAAAAAADQI/0c3C7ZI3gxs2TOcV9LN3xJWuxYzlw8xAgCLcBGAs/s640/CatsPoop.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Yeah... I think I need therapy.<br /><br /><br /></div>Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-20197792865479677512019-01-06T08:00:00.000-06:002019-01-06T08:00:05.412-06:00People Who "Love" Nature But Actually SuckI found an interesting article about nature loving folks <a href="https://apnews.com/e28b313197bb46bebef0faca24b333ed" target="_blank">taking advantage of free admission or lowered supervision during the government shut down</a>.<br /><br />First off, what is wrong with you people?&nbsp; Seriously, were you dropped on your head as a child, to you have some deficiency other than common sense which leaves you unable to think?<br /><br /><i><b><span style="color: red;">What is wrong with you people?</span></b></i><br /><br />I sincerely hope I make people angry with this.&nbsp; The point is to <b>SHAME </b>you!<br /><br />I don't know what ignorant pile of crap the people in this story crawled out of, but this is a shameful example of "Humanity."<br /><br />First off, trash everywhere is INEXCUSABLE! Period, hard stop.&nbsp; We are not a third world country.&nbsp; There is absolutely no excuse for trash to be all over a national park! NONE!&nbsp; Don't give me any crap about "The Shutdown" because anyone, ANYONE who claims to love nature knows when you leave a location , you leave it like you found it or better than you found it.<br /><br />Better than you found it means YOU pick up any trash you find OTHERS have left before you arrived.&nbsp; It's a shame that it is now necessary to remind "Nature Lovers" of this basic rule, but apparently it is now necessary.&nbsp; I can only imagine the god awful mess our park workers have to clean up daily when they are working. <br /><br />You people need to hump your own trash <b>OUT OF THE PARK</b> and throw it away when you get <b>HOME</b>!&nbsp; You brought it in, you can bring it back out to be disposed of properly.<br /><br />Sadly, our country is filled with people who expect others to clean up after them.&nbsp; I know this for a fact because I've had people I know ask my children why they picked up a piece of trash from the ground and threw it away.&nbsp; "Someone gets paid to do that.&nbsp; You're going to take away his job," was the unironic way they phrased it.<br /><br />The idea of someone "Losing their job" because we don't throw our crap on the ground is ludicrous.&nbsp; Knowing people tell their children crap like that honestly enrages me.<br /><br />One final jab.&nbsp; I've heard for years now how "Conservatives hate the environment," but then I see disgusting behavior by both sides.&nbsp; It isn't a "Left vs Right" problem.&nbsp; It's a "Right vs Wrong" problem.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oLy70UO9o9E/XDDlG4QZJ8I/AAAAAAAADPc/jrvSwIHSwAwPKukdInsqV84ck6bQ9RInQCLcBGAs/s1600/SUPERMURDER-RALLY-PIX2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="448" data-original-width="800" height="358" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oLy70UO9o9E/XDDlG4QZJ8I/AAAAAAAADPc/jrvSwIHSwAwPKukdInsqV84ck6bQ9RInQCLcBGAs/s640/SUPERMURDER-RALLY-PIX2.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-9751774347845849552019-01-05T10:59:00.004-06:002019-01-05T10:59:44.372-06:00Communism TodayI ran across an article titled <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6558991/Rich-kids-COMMUNISM-Fidel-Castros-model-grandson-flashes-wealth-European-vacations.html" target="_blank">Rich kid of Communism: Fidel Castro's model grandson flashes his wealth and love of the high life on Instagram as he travels the world</a> and I had questions.<br /><br />The first question was, whatever happened to "Keep it Brief"?&nbsp; That title is awful.<br /><br />The second question was, "Why is this noteworthy?"&nbsp; Then I remembered, this is 2019 and everyone thinks Socialism is great and Communism is simply misunderstood, or not implemented correctly.<br /><br />As for the first question, I'll leave that to better minds than mine to address.&nbsp; The second question is the one I'm much more interested in.<br /><br />Summarizing the article, Tony Castro, the grandson of Fidel Castro, has been on the receiving end of criticism for "Flaunting" his family's wealth through a series of posts on social media.&nbsp; (<a href="https://www.instagram.com/tonycastro.u/" target="_blank">Link to his Instagram which is currently set to private.</a>)<br /><br />The article shares some photos grabbed from the account.&nbsp; Photos of Castro taking a holiday in Madrid, Spain, relaxing on a yacht in the ocean, driving around in a BMW, visiting Barcelona, Panama City, etc...<br /><br />Where did the Castro wealth come from? I'm a Capitalist at heart so an individual's <i><b>EARNED</b></i> wealth doesn't bother me, however, wealth earned through years of brutal dictatorship does bother me.&nbsp; I've watched with dismay the rise of Socialists in America and the public embrace of their beliefs.&nbsp; Socialism is best described as a stepping stone to Communism and I'd like to take this opportunity to remind readers, Cuba is a Communist state.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #cc0000;"><i><b>From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.</b></i></span></div><br /><br />The idea behind Socialism is to redistribute the wealth of the masses so all are taken care of. (Sound familiar? "Spread the Wealth Around" anyone?)&nbsp; The high level difference between the two is how the wealth is distributed.&nbsp;<br /><br />Socialism is the Utopian idea that everyone works, doing what they can and the fruit of their labor is shared for the benefit of all.&nbsp; Often, the Pilgrims are cited as an example of Socialism.&nbsp; I find it odd that a Kibbutz is never listed, but that's a separate story to itself.<br /><br />Communism is the Utopian idea that everyone works and "Gives" a central authority the fruit of their labor.&nbsp; The central authority then distributes the wealth to the masses.&nbsp; This is what we faced in the Cold War and is the economic structure of Cuba.<br /><br />While Socialism can work, at least <i><b>in theory <u>on a small level</u></b></i>, and while governments around the world implement some Socialistic ideas, <b>large scale</b> Socialism and Communism will fail, and has failed, every time it has been implemented.&nbsp; (To cut off the arguments about the <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3310648/NHS-run-money-two-years-health-official-warns-Osborne-wields-axe-spending.html" target="_blank">UK has socialized medicine in the NHS</a> and the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/05/us/politics/medicare-social-security-finances.html" target="_blank">US has Medicare and Social Security</a> so Socialism WORKS, read the links included.)<br /><br />This is where I have to point out, people who argue for Socialism and Communism state it has failed every single time because it wasn't a "True" implementation.&nbsp; No, I refute that by saying it wasn't the flaws in implementation, it was the flaws in humanity.<br /><br />Rather than boring you further by vomiting up reference after reference, which the vast majority never read, I'll keep it simple and ask you to think back to school:<br /><br /><i>Your assignment is to create a presentation for your class.&nbsp; You are in a team of four and the work is to be divided equally among you.&nbsp; Additionally, the end grade will be the same for all of you.&nbsp; Each of you divide up the assigned tasks, and the plan is set.</i><br /><br /><i>As the deadline for the presentation draws near, two of the team have already completed their portion, one is struggling with their portion and needs assistance, while the last hasn't done anything but post selfies on Social Media.</i><br /><br /><i>The two team members who have completed their portion, pitch in to assist the struggling team member to complete their portion of the project.&nbsp; The three of them then team up to push the final member to complete their portion.</i><br /><br />Now, my question for you is, "How does the presentation end?"&nbsp; I ask this because this has happened to me when I was in school, it has happened to others I know and it has happened to my children.&nbsp; I'm curious how did it end for you, Reader?<br /><br />Sometimes the lazy team member throws their portion together at the last moment dragging everyone else's overall grade down due to their shoddy work.<br /><br />Sometimes the other team members all band together like they did for the struggling team member and do the work for the lazy member.<br /><br />Sometimes, the other three are angry enough, that they refuse to do the work for the lazy team member and let the blame fall.&nbsp; Of course, in this ending, they take the grade hit for their stance.&nbsp; (Keep in mind the lazy team member did nothing and benefits with a partial grade rather than the deserved "0".)<br /><br />Socialism, can only work when everyone works.&nbsp; Yes, some people cannot work due to disability or other factors.&nbsp; Some will have to work harder than others.&nbsp; Some people simply will not work because they are lazy and know they will get the same regardless if they work or not.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6558991/Rich-kids-COMMUNISM-Fidel-Castros-model-grandson-flashes-wealth-European-vacations.html" target="_blank">Some people step up as leaders and take more than their fair share so there is not enough to be distributed.</a><br /><br />I worked with a brilliant man as a co-worker for 11 years who escaped from Romania during the height of the cold war.&nbsp; He was a long time friend of another man who I worked under for most of those 11 years who had also escaped from Romania.&nbsp; I had the honor of hearing their story of escape from my friend and what life was like under Communist rule.&nbsp; Their story reinforced my belief in the blessings America has been given and also reinforced that what we learned from the Cold War was true.&nbsp; I don't believe the youth of today understand that the US didn't need propaganda to paint Communist countries in a poor light, Communism in itself took care of that.&nbsp; The US only had to share the truth.<br /><br />The evening of November 9, 1989 I watched on television as, for the first time in my life, people climbed on top of the Berlin Wall and began tearing it down.&nbsp; All of my life it was an established, indisputable fact that trying to cross from East Berlin to the West would result in being shot on the spot.&nbsp; The Berlin Wall coming down marked the death of the Cold War.&nbsp; Little did I realize that with the end of the Cold War, Socialism and Communism would begin spreading their lies with renewed vigor.&nbsp; I never imagined that within&nbsp; thirty years, people around the world would have already begun to have forgotten the horrors of what went on behind the Iron Curtain.<br /><br />Age has made me cynical, but it has also made me realize how naive humans are.&nbsp; I will always remember the stories of my friends' struggles and I swear to "Never Forget."&nbsp; I vow to speak out so my children and grandchildren will be safe and secure in their future.<br /><br />I pray we never move beyond a war of words.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-61203582495353909532019-01-01T16:04:00.002-06:002019-01-01T16:04:42.900-06:00A Thought Experiment For 2019 - Part One - HonestyNo one thinks they are a "Bad" person.&nbsp; We all want to believe if we are fasces with a difficult choice we will chose the noble, righteous path.&nbsp; That we will face evil in all its forms and spit in its eye.<br /><br />Let's do a though experiment.&nbsp; Think back to a time when you were faced with a bad decision and, for whatever reason, you made the wrong choice.&nbsp; It doesn't have to be horrible, evil or anything life altering.&nbsp; The point is only a wrong choice; one that caused you regret, guilt, perhaps shame.&nbsp; If you are being really honest, this could be something you've never shared with anyone else.&nbsp; Perhaps you have something you've shoved into the dark corners of your mind to prevent the pain it caused you.<br /><br />Do you have one?&nbsp; If not, think on it.&nbsp; We all have something at some level.<br /><br />This decision from your past is yours, and yours alone.&nbsp; Don't share it with me (it's honestly none of my business).&nbsp; Don't share it with anyone you don't want to.&nbsp; This is a thought experiment to see how honest we can be with ourselves.<br /><br />We need to confront the evil nature of ourselves.&nbsp; This is going somewhere and I hope you'll join me in this.<br /><br /><br /><center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w74EuWtxNTc" width="560"></iframe><br /></center><br /><br />Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-1490064478585111252019-01-01T07:30:00.000-06:002019-01-01T07:30:04.435-06:00The Anti American DreamGreat video. i'd definitely recommend everyone watch or listen to this and <u><i><b>think about why we allow speech we don't agree with in the United States</b></i></u>.<br /><br /><center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-Uz19w7tf1U" width="560"></iframe><br /></center><br /><br />Silencing opposing views, no matter how abhorrent, is the first step to allowing corruption to take hold.&nbsp; It allows someone, other than yourself, to decide what has value in your life.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-61283311503083534542018-12-31T07:30:00.000-06:002018-12-31T12:54:40.607-06:00Emo Goofy Part Duex<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q51I80pR8Ec/XCf1uY2Me5I/AAAAAAAADO8/nWQSOg_75-0kBPi8wbUfnnNh5yFm1okCwCLcBGAs/s1600/EmoGoofy.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1292" data-original-width="1104" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q51I80pR8Ec/XCf1uY2Me5I/AAAAAAAADO8/nWQSOg_75-0kBPi8wbUfnnNh5yFm1okCwCLcBGAs/s320/EmoGoofy.png" width="273" /></a></div>The random immaturity continues.&nbsp; I finally finished this after getting the will to draw back.<br /><br />I have some more stuff coming soon.&nbsp; I've made some commitments which I'm late on and need to <strike>finish</strike> start.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-62716138454104714532018-12-30T16:30:00.000-06:002018-12-31T12:54:28.087-06:00Get The Old Almonds ActivatedIf you keep up with internet drama you may very well be aware <a href="https://heavy.com/news/2018/12/patreon-sargon-of-akkad-jordan-peterson/" target="_blank">Sargon of Akkad was banned from Patreon for saying mean things</a>.&nbsp; It's somewhat interesting that those mean things were said several months ago on a channel not belonging to Sargon and not on the Patreon platform. <br /><br /><a href="https://patreonhq.com/hate-speech-on-patreon-a9026e52c2cf" target="_blank">Here is the statement from Patreon.</a>&nbsp; And if you'd like to view the offending video, <a href="https://youtu.be/74llFWdeKNM" target="_blank">here is a link to the full stream so all context can be reviewed</a>.<br /><br />To be frank, I don't like Sargon and prefer to think of him using Mister Metokur's tag of "Smuckles" (Smug Chuckles).&nbsp; I find him to be a self-righteous, overconfident jerk who engaged in petty internet drama to get clicks from outraged followers.&nbsp; I also find his ideals and speech misguided at best and abhorrent at worst.&nbsp; Personally, my main reason for knowing of him is due to my laughter at the failures of his group of allies.<br /><br />Regardless of my feelings concerning Sargon, much like Alex Jones, this is another situation where we need to be concerned about overreach.&nbsp; We're in a time where our society is more concerned about people saying mean things than they are people actually <i><b>DOING </b></i>mean things.&nbsp; The question everyone should be asking is "Who decides the line between free speech and hate speech?"<br /><br />Was what Sargon did nice?&nbsp; No.&nbsp; Was it illegal?&nbsp; Not in the US.&nbsp; Was Patreon banning him illegal? No.<br /><br />Then why bother wasting bandwidth if Patreon was within their rights to do this?&nbsp; For me, the fact he was banned isn't surprising, chalk it up to "Play stupid games, win stupid prizes," the concern is where does he turn after the ban for income and how does this affect all users going forward? <br /><br />If you have 6 minutes and 37 seconds to spare, please watch this video.&nbsp; It asks some interesting questions and makes you wonder how much the different platforms are working together as one.<br /><br /><center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hOzNj-nfKBE" width="560"></iframe></center><br /><br />It is interesting that as some users moved from Patreon to SubscribeStar as a crowdfunding option, <a href="https://www.oneangrygamer.net/2018/12/paypal-pulls-support-for-subscribestar-users-including-tim-pool-sargon-of-akkad/73535/" target="_blank">PayPal pulled support from SubscribeStar</a> ,essentially killing SubscribeStar as an alternative.&nbsp; Normally if you are banned from a platform, you find another platform, or medium, to work with.&nbsp; If the different platforms work together to essentially blacklist a creator, then the free market system fails.<br /><br />Thankfully YouTube is losing its monopolistic hold on video hosting with alternatives such as BitChute and Stream.me, but it is still the preferred platform for many.&nbsp; What alternatives are there for payment for creators?&nbsp; Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin have plans to <a href="https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/fearing-censorship-peterson-and-rubin-set-to-launch-alternative-to-patreon/" target="_blank">open an alternative payment platform</a>.&nbsp; Perhaps it can fill the gap, we'll have to wait and see.<br /><br />For the current time, the question every person need to ask themselves is, "How long will it take '<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window" target="_blank">The Overton Window</a>' to move until what <i><b>"I"</b></i> think, say or write is considered 'Hate'?"Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-17582233702998690182018-12-29T16:28:00.000-06:002018-12-29T16:28:16.770-06:00When Disney Fails YouThis guy gets it.&nbsp; Before we go any further, take 15 minutes and watch this video.<br /><br /><center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ey68aMOV9gc" width="560"></iframe></center><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You back? Good.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: left;">The channel is called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8CbFnDTYkiVweaz8y9wd_Q/featured" target="_blank">Star Wars Theory</a> and the guy running the channel has a deep respect and love for the franchise.&nbsp; I know the film isn't perfect and there are some things I would change, <i><b>BUT </b></i>he gets it.&nbsp; He understands what makes a Star Wars film, Star Wars.&nbsp; Conflict, tragedy, adventure, but above all else, <b>HOPE</b>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">He got Disney's blessing to make the film and he isn't allowed to monetize it per their rules on fan films.&nbsp; I have to give him amazing respect because this film looks, sounds and feels like a real Star Wars film (Looking at you <a href="https://twitter.com/SabriMMBlink/status/1078317737901019136" target="_blank">Ruin Johnson</a>).&nbsp; Even though he can't make money off of it, he got <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC75cpd_nwlRR54PjPuFJbw" target="_blank">Danny Ramirez</a>&nbsp;to direct a great fan film <a href="https://youtu.be/Djo_91jN3Pk" target="_blank">THAT WASN'T</a> <a href="https://youtu.be/r2XDiVnkC4o" target="_blank">SHOT IN A FRIGGING</a> <a href="https://youtu.be/QgS2kQgJS2Y" target="_blank">FOREST LIKE EVERY</a> <a href="https://youtu.be/G7-n36MBs1A" target="_blank">OTHER FAN FILM</a>!&nbsp; May God smile on you for that alone.<br /><br />I'm anxiously awaiting the next episode in this series.&nbsp; Go give him a subscribe and help him reach his goal for the next episode.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /><center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x4JJxO1ZlBc" width="560"></iframe><br /></center><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><center><br /></center>Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-66874831299517677152018-12-29T10:24:00.001-06:002018-12-29T10:24:28.895-06:00The Death Of Logic And Critical Thinking In The Twenty First Century<div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>While sipping my coffee this morning I ran across a Wall Street Journal article written by <span class="name" itemprop="name">Terry Teachout entitled, "What’s Wrong With ‘Green Book’?"&nbsp; I'm a bit dismayed reading through it.</span><br /><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name">For those of you who missed this movie,&nbsp; "Green Book" is the story of the meeting, and eventual friendship between <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Shirley" target="_blank">Dr. Don Shirley</a> and </span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Lip" target="_blank">Tony “Lip” Vallelonga</a>.&nbsp; Dr. Shirley was a musician who, in the movie, is embarking on a tour of the American deep South.&nbsp; For the tour, Dr. Shirley hires Tony "Lip" Vallelonga as his driver.&nbsp; During the course of the movie, we see their travels on this tour and the beginning of a friendship between the two.</span></span><br /><br /><center><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QkZxoko_HC0" width="560"></iframe></center><span class="name" itemprop="name"><br /></span> <span class="name" itemprop="name">I found a few interesting points in the article, one of which was complaints from the Shirley family that the "Green Book,"</span><br /><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name">"<i>...not only exaggerates the closeness of his relationship with Vallelonga, but falsely portrays him as having been estranged from his family.</i>"</span><br /><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name">I can understand this and appreciate the criticism.&nbsp; The movie is tagged as, “Inspired by a true story,” which can make stories gray as far as what is, and is not, factual; a general rule is, no family likes to be painted in a bad light so I get where their frustration comes from.</span><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><br /></span> <span class="name" itemprop="name">The frustration for me lies in the criticism turning to the lack of focus on Dr. Shirley in the movie.&nbsp; From the article (emphasis mine):</span><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><br /></span> <span class="name" itemprop="name">"<i>To make matters worse, “Green Book” is a “<b>white savior</b>” film in which <b>Vallelonga is presented as the hero of the piece, with Shirley being seen almost entirely through his eyes</b>. Again, this may be more of a problem for younger, self-consciously “woke” viewers, but it’s absolutely true that “Green Book” doesn’t tell us nearly enough about Shirley, an all-but-forgotten artist who should be far better remembered.</i>"</span><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><br /></span> <span class="name" itemprop="name">Once again, I can appreciate the criticism for the lack of focus on Dr. Shirley in the movie, but my disagreement is in this being a "White Savior" movie.&nbsp; How, exactly, did </span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Mr. </span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Vallelonga "Save" Dr. Shirley in the movie?&nbsp; </span></span></span>The movie is as much a journey for Mr. Vallelonga as it is for Dr. Shirley.</span><br /><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name">In </span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Mr. </span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Vallelonga we have a man who is is following along with the generally racist views of his time.&nbsp; He's not a caricature of racism, he doesn't participate in Klan rallies, he doesn't burn down black churches, he isn't a closet Nazi; he is an average man of his time.&nbsp; His actions early in the movie show a distaste for black people.&nbsp; While he isn't violent to them, it was obvious, from my viewpoint, he thought himself better than them.<br /></span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Mr. </span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Vallelonga</span></span></span> is flawed.</span></span></span><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><br /></span></span></span> <span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Mr. </span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Vallelonga winds up as Dr. Shirley's driver for his tour and we, the audience, get a glimpse of how </span></span></span></span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Mr. </span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Vallelonga's viewpoint changes when he is faced with a man who is more cultured, better educated, far more eloquent and amazingly talented.&nbsp; We get a glimpse of what can be, when two people let their guard down, recognize the humanity in each other, and treat each other as human beings.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">While the movie could have focused on Dr. Shirley, and could be an excellent movie in its own right, it would be a <i><b>different </b></i>movie.&nbsp; From my view, Dr. Shirley had his own demons to overcome, and while this movie doesn't glance away or sugar coat them, it does the same for </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Mr. </span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Vallelonga.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Spoiler alert, </span></span></span></span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Mr. </span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Vallelonga grows as a human.&nbsp; In fairness, Dr. Shirley also grows, <u><i><b>BUT</b></i></u></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span> the point is, </span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Mr. </span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Vallelonga had much further to grow.&nbsp; Dr. Shirley'</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">s motivation for the tour was presented as an opportunity to advance the cause of black people.&nbsp; The fact he eventually befriends </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Mr. </span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Vallelonga is a testament to his success.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">From my perspective, the choice to focus on </span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Mr. </span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">Vallelonga, </span></span>and him eventually overcoming his flaws, was an interesting story.&nbsp; It also gives us an opportunity to see how we can grow as humans, and move beyond needing to categorize and separate everyone.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">We are all one race, the human race.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">The reason for me writing this post is my frustration that a story of a man overcoming his prejudices, finding a friend and becoming a better man, is treated as a </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name"><span class="name" itemprop="name">"White Savior" movie.&nbsp; I view this as evidence of the inability for modern audiences to understand "Character Development" and growth.&nbsp; People are flawed. (Yes, you are as well, Reader; so am I.&nbsp; We ALL are.)&nbsp; What makes us human, what makes us grow as humans, are the choices we make to better ourselves in spite of our flaws.&nbsp; My view is, audiences not understanding character growth, is evidence of the slow death of logic and critical thinking.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><br /></span> <span class="name" itemprop="name">If you must have a Mary Sue as your protagonist; flawless, intelligent, handsome/beautiful, perfect in every way down to never having bad breath or needing to use the bathroom, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.O.B._(film)" target="_blank">(I'm looking at you, Julie Andrews, you magnificent, wonderful woman</a>), then the "Green Book" is not for you.<br /><br />If you want a movie where the characters have flaws, but are generally good people, have weaknesses, but work to overcome them and, in the end, still aren't perfect, but are a little better because of the journey, then the "Green Book" is the movie for you.</span><br /><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name">In short, my family and I love this movie. </span><br /><span class="name" itemprop="name"><br /></span> <span class="name" itemprop="name">Link to the Wall Street Journal article:</span> <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/whats-wrong-with-green-book-11545949461">https://www.wsj.com/articles/whats-wrong-with-green-book-11545949461</a>Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-78660516743994543002018-12-27T10:43:00.002-06:002018-12-27T10:43:52.897-06:00They Took Our Jobs (Dey Took Ur JUBZ)While trying to caffenate myself I ran across this little gem of an article discussing the days American workers leave unused, and therefore lose, annually:<br /><br />https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2018-12-27/people-in-these-10-us-states-dont-go-on-vacation<br /><br />I was annoyed with myself as I am losing two days this year because I didn't take them before the deadline. I've already started plotting out how to rectify this and make sure it doesn't happen again. The reason for this year is I work for a company that was acquired by another one. My previous company decided to do something "For Us" and gave us unlimited PTO.<br /><br />You read that right, unlimited PTO.<br /><br />Any time we wanted off work, we simply told our boss and, as long as staffing was sufficient for that time period, we were supposed to get the time off. Sounds great right?<br /><br />Here's the motivation behind it.<br /><br />Those of us who have worked in the industry for a while know it's a good idea to carry a vacation balance. The reason for this is if you have to take an extended period off for a family emergency you still got a check and didn't have to fight with short-term disability. If you survived the American economy from 2004 through the Obama years you were also faced with the possibility your job would be eliminated through a RIF (Reduction In Force / aka "Layoffs"). I, like many others, kept a week or two buffer so I would keep a check coming for as long as I could if something happened. It's called "Planning."<br /><br />When the "Unlimited PTO" plan was rolled out, we stopped accruing vacation. Eventually through attrition the existing PTO was eliminated from the books. No new vacation was added and everyone could take as much time as they wanted.<br /><br />Work all the time and never take a day off? NO PROBLEM!<br /><br />Work hard and take two weeks every year with your family? NO PROBLEM!<br /><br />Show up and answer some emails occasionally so you can take a six week holiday to Hedonism 20XX? NO PROBLEM!<br /><br />So why am I bringing this up? As long as you get the time off, it sounds great right? It's all about accounting my friends.<br /><br />PTO/Vacation is kept on the accounting books and impacts a company negatively from a financial perspective year over year. Think of it as a bill they have to pay, like a credit card debt. My company was in the process of trying to sell out to another company and in order to get the books looking as nice as possible, they did this little trick to force the books to be cleared. This way, they could get a better price when they sold.<br /><br />Full disclosure, I know about this practice thanks to ANOTHER company I worked for which "Gifted" us with forced time off at Christmas every year. It was "Great" because we didn't have to worry about work from Christmas through New Years and could "Spend Time with Family". In reality, it meant you had to always fight with keeping track of your PTO balances to ensure you had enough to get paid through Christmas and take a vacation you WANTED to take at any other point in the year other than Christmas.<br /><br />So why am I wasting an agry diatribe on this article? I keyed off this line: <br /><br />"Unused vacation days cost the U.S. economy some $255 billion in 2017, and Americans using that vacation time could have generated 1.9 million jobs, the group said."<br /><br />Get that? By working hard to ensure our own survival, we are costing the economy jobs. What I can read into the line is, by being hard workers, we prevent the companies we work for from having to hire additional employees to cover the jobs we wouldn't finish if we took vacation.<br /><br />In short? We're being dirty Capitalists by watching out for ourselves and our families and work too hard.<br /><br />At least I'm honest with my bias.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-25365938882052501812018-03-11T10:09:00.000-05:002018-03-11T10:09:37.991-05:00Stranger Things - A Bad Lip ReadingI enjoyed this way too much.<br /><br /><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S-4rhjO6xYg" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-84048613727344273242018-03-07T10:12:00.002-06:002018-03-07T10:12:33.341-06:00How Do You Eat Your Cereal?<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How does each service eat cereal on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NationalCerealDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NationalCerealDay</a>? Just watch! 🍴🥣<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KnowYourMil?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KnowYourMil</a><br> <a href="https://twitter.com/USArmy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USArmy</a><a href="https://twitter.com/USNavy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USNavy</a><a href="https://twitter.com/usairforce?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USAirForce</a><a href="https://twitter.com/USMC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USMC</a> <a href="https://t.co/mOCzvEen2X">pic.twitter.com/mOCzvEen2X</a></p>&mdash; U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) <a href="https://twitter.com/DeptofDefense/status/971339679743160320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 7, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br />Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-10430951540134598442017-10-17T16:41:00.001-05:002017-10-17T16:41:09.697-05:00Fighting BackI am embracing my Socialist side! Join me in my awakening!<br /><br />It is time we "Spread the Wealth Around!" It is high time we demand our football players spread the millions of dollars they make every season to those who don't have enough.<br /><br />"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."<br /><br />It is important to see these greedy people shore with the humanity they represent. Football players make too much money. It's time we demand they "Spread the Wealth Around!"Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-2918969176349798682017-10-17T16:37:00.000-05:002017-10-17T16:37:03.112-05:00The NFL Takes A KneeI have to admit, the NFL initially pissed me off pretty bad. I have one love on TV that has kept me from cutting the cord and dropping cable entirely and that is sports. My life is pretty bland and boring, so the evening baseball game in the Summer, or football game in the Fall/Winter makes life pretty enjoyable.<br /><br />I admit, the stretch between the Super Bowl and Opening Day for Baseball is pretty bleak.<br /><br />This year the geniuses who play football got into a pee-pee measuring contest with Donald Trump. Folks, none of these people can put aside their ego long enough to go, "This is stupid, I'm not wasting my time responding." <br /><br />I'm pissed; very pissed. The one bit of joy I have on Monday, Sunday and Thursday is gone. I'm not watching the idiots this season, it's ruined for me. I have scanned by long enough to see a few plays and then I move on. They make me sick and they are not getting my money.<br /><br />I'm not going to burn my gear, I've already paid for that. It will just sit in my closet until I either resell it for profit, or the football players are hurt bad enough that I decide I'm done being vengeful.<br /><br />I admit I am taking glee every time I see a football game where the stands are half-full. I'm not posting the photos because I'm not going to argue with the Comic Book Guys who make up the Internet telling me "That was at halftime you idiot." <br /><br />I'm going to put a second post with a second way we can attack the football players. It's time to use the tactics of the Left against themselves.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-86275926584245454092017-08-23T12:22:00.001-05:002017-08-23T12:22:38.269-05:00POW! Right In The Ding-Ding<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/JZBE0OQXhl">pic.twitter.com/JZBE0OQXhl</a></p>&mdash; Hello, Friend (@MattsIdeaShop) <a href="https://twitter.com/MattsIdeaShop/status/900406389465530368">August 23, 2017</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-32601610279310049752017-08-04T22:47:00.005-05:002017-08-04T22:47:40.152-05:00Adventures In Music - The Creeps At The Down HomeGreetings True Believers... Beliebers... I'll come up with something to open with. &nbsp;Sorry, Stan Lee.<br /><br />I posted out on Twitter and got a huge response to the idea of this blog series (thanks to both of my followers for responding) so I decided to go for it. &nbsp;The idea behind this series is to give you a peek into what it's really like being a local musician from a local musician's perspective. &nbsp;Sure, we had tons of hot babes (not), gobs of cash (not), loads of blow (not even meth) and admiring fans (ie: people who didn't throw beer bottles) but, beyond that, was the art.<br /><br />Yeah, we were delusional.<br /><br />First, some background;<br /><br />My music passion began when I was in high school and decided I wanted to join a band. &nbsp;Hair Bands were big back then as it was around 1988/1989 and I was convinced it was my calling. &nbsp;In other words, I wanted to meet girls.<br /><br />I started playing late in life, taking money I had saved from work (shocker kids, I was working at age 16 so I could have money) as well as some birthday money and bought a Stinger model bass. &nbsp;It was a Fender P Bass style oddball brand, but it stayed in tune, was playable and sounded OK. &nbsp;All in all, a perfect starter bass for me. With that in hand I had some buddies who offered to teach me how to play because they needed a bass player.<br /><br />Rule 1: Bands always need a bass player because there are approximately 4 of us in the United States at any given time. You can't swing a dead hooker without hitting a drummer or guitar player and everyone is a "Singer" (I'm looking at you <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inspiration_(William_Hung_album)" target="_blank">William Hung</a>) but most of them really, really suck.<br /><br />OK, so you have my "Beginning" as a bass player in a garage band. &nbsp;Let's get to today's story.<br /><br />Today's story takes place at<a href="http://downhome.com/" target="_blank"> The Down Home</a>&nbsp;in Johnson City, Tennessee. &nbsp;The band I was playing with t the time was named "The Creeps". &nbsp;We had kicked around some ideas on how to market ourselves and decided to embrace our weird side. <br /><br />We consisted of Dustin Schrimpsher on electric guitar, Jackie Yeager on acoustic guitar, Michelle (I'll find her last name and add it later. cut me some slack, it's been over 20 years) on drums and Me on bass.<br /><br />We had a tendency to laugh at weird things and write goofy songs. &nbsp;One of our classics was "Cannibal Romeo" which Dustin and I wrote in a fit of geek bliss.<br /><br /><i>I see you floating in the carrots and beets,</i><br /><i>stoke up the fire girl 'cause I love boiled meat.</i><br /><i>Something something something I feel like a fool,</i><br /><i>I should have ate Tipper when she smoked that doob</i>.<br /><br />Yep, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame keep our seats warm.<br /><br />We also had a dang fine song we had written about a trailer park queen who called herself Velveeta because she thought it sounded classy. &nbsp;It was obviously named "Hey Velveeta".<br /><br />Do you sense something coming?<br /><br />So, we get the gig booked. &nbsp;This was roughly late 1993, early 1994 and we packed up the vehicles to caravan up. &nbsp;We arrived and were pleasantly surprised, the place was fairly nice. &nbsp;They had tables, a good PA, a great stage and for the love of Pete, A GREEN ROOM!<br /><br />Yes, it was a real room where we could tune up, chill out and not have to hide at the back of the bar freaking out over if people would actually show up where we could get paid.<br /><br />My girlfriend and I (she is now known as THE WIFE) plopped down on a couch where we were met with another shocker. &nbsp;THEY WERE FEEDING US!!!<br /><br />OMG, I can't explain how wonderful it is for a musician to get food. &nbsp;Normal gig meals involved Bean Burritos from Taco Hell or 59 cent hamburgers from McDonalds. &nbsp;A GREAT gig called for hash browns all the way at Awful House with black coffee.<br /><br />We ordered our meal and it was... edible. &nbsp;With hindsight it was fine microwave fare but also with hindsight I did not suffer from food poisoning. #Score<br /><br />Shortly after the meal I began to notice I was itchy. &nbsp;THE GIRLFRIEND was alo complaining and after a few moments we realized the couch we had crashed on was alive with frigging fleas.<br /><br />Not, had some fleas on it, but was frigging crawling with these beasts from the gates of Hell.<br /><br />Not much we could do but knock the tiny beasts off of us, scratch and get ready for the gig.<br /><br />Time came and they called us out. &nbsp;The room was maybe half full, so not a horrible crowd. &nbsp;We put on our instruments and looked out.<br /><br />Do you remember that scene from The Blues Brothers? &nbsp;You know, the one where they're at the redneck bar, behind chicken wire and the realize they're in deep doo doo. &nbsp;It was like that, only no cowboy hats and there wasn't any chicken wire.<br /><br />Fortunately for us, the place really did have an "Eclectic" booking record, so we weren't pelted with beer bottles, but we were almost universally ignored except for a couple of polite bouts of applause.<br /><br />The real pain came later when I stripped down after the gig and found I was covered all over...<br /><br />all... over...<br /><br />... with flea bites. &nbsp;I hope they burned the couch.<br /><br />Stay tuned. &nbsp;I believe the next gig we'll talk about the dangers of playing music in the mountains of Tennessee with another band, another set of musician, another location in The Great Gatlinburg Gig.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-36399066098378296392017-07-11T10:53:00.001-05:002017-07-11T10:53:31.350-05:00Emo Goofy - Rough SketchThe things my youngest and I cook up...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5q1I0xe39BI/WWT0VYZL87I/AAAAAAAADHE/MxQxawmGIxUo6_jud1hE8ww-MOMU-hBhgCLcBGAs/s1600/Emo%2BGoofy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="960" data-original-width="960" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5q1I0xe39BI/WWT0VYZL87I/AAAAAAAADHE/MxQxawmGIxUo6_jud1hE8ww-MOMU-hBhgCLcBGAs/s400/Emo%2BGoofy.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />We're still arguing over Eeyore's career choices.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-77565469429959353692017-06-26T08:30:00.002-05:002017-06-26T08:30:38.029-05:00Your Momma's So FatStilton's Place had a nice commentary on how <a href="https://stiltonsplace.blogspot.com/2017/06/dropping-death-charges.html">Kellyanne keeps sticking her foot in her mouth</a>.<br /><br />Sadly, I had to agree. Here's my comment on the post:<br /><br />You summed it up well.<br /><br />Both sides are pretending what happened was some "Great Scheme" instead of, as you described, a phishing campaign that got a hacker, or group of hackers, into some servers.<br /><br />The left is relying on ignorance and fear to give the impression that this was a highly coordinated, sophisticated, state-sponsored attack which could only come from Russia against freedom and democracy.<br /><br />In actuality, it was an email that likely included a hyperlink like "Click here to see what you won!" with the target URL being a script kiddie file with a keylogger.<br /><br />Even if the program was written with a cryllic keyboard, we now KNOW the NSA does that to hide the source of our own programs. I'm sure the Russians use similar tactics. It could have been China, Iran, North Korea, Vietnam, or, for Pete's sake a kid in Indonesia who downloaded the file from a 4Chan group.<br /><br />We don't know anything except the idiots in charge have no idea how any of this works and are not only over their heads on the technological aspect of this, they are over their head in how to handle it.<br /><br />I feel bad, but Kellyanne is getting her butt handed to her on these things. I get what she was trying to do, but she got suckered with a kid's game. <br /><br />Doesn't the Trump admin sit and think these scenarios out?<br /><br />Minion 1: Hey, this report says Obama KNEW about the hacking and did nothing!<br />Minion 2: Idea! We emphasize that to show how Obama was negligent!<br />Minion 3: Um... Wouldn't that give the Democrat party ammunition to say, 'See! See! The Russians really DID hack the election!'<br />Ghost of James Carville: Dadgummit! Hornswaggled again! I'm madder than a tick on a June bug!<br /><br />*I know James Carville isn't dead, he's just omnipresent*<br /><br />Both sides should just resort to a televised Cut-Down contest, or a Your Momma joke-off to end this once and for all.<br /><br />Your momma's soooo fat...Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-4995928682844175712017-06-23T11:45:00.000-05:002017-06-23T11:45:46.390-05:00Why I Watch Doctor Who"<b><i>Human progress isn’t measured by industry. It’s measured by the value you place on a life. <br /><br />An unimportant life. <br /><br />A life without privilege. <br /><br />The boy who died on the river, that boy’s value is your value. That’s what defines an age, that’s… what defines a species.</i></b>"<br /><br />` Peter Capaldi as The Doctor<br />` Episode: Thin Ice<br /><br /><br />I have a love of the current run of Doctor Who. Specifically, all of the NuWho since 2005. I have some Brit friends who tell me Doctor Who is just a kid's show and they don't watch it.<br /><br />So why do I?<br /><br />Part of it is I'm a geek and always have been. I want to explain, that isn't all of it though.<br /><br />A few years back I was going through a LOT of back pain. A LOT. I was really, really depressed and flipping through Netflix one weekend. I saw the series for Doctor who was there and decided to venture a try on it. I started with NuWho Series 1, Episode 1, "Rose".<br /><br />I loved it.<br /><br />Sure, it had some HORRIBLY CHEESY music, but you'd spend 45 minutes getting into the plot and what was going on and then WHAMMO! The Doctor does something brilliant and saves the day.<br /><br />Eccelston (Number 9) is my doctor. He always put on a happy face to hide his true feelings. I was shocked when he blew his top in "Dalek" but by the end of the Series, I was hooked. I am sad he only had one Series as The Doctor, he was "Fantastic".<br /><br />Tennant (Ten) is my favorite Doctor. He carried on with the happy faced, but troubled character. He added a lot of emotion to the part and it was more than just a fun ride.<br /><br />But why am I hooked? Why do I watch a kid's show to this day?<br /><br />Because the show is about hope.<br /><br />The show gave me something to look forward to in my pain; something as an escape. When the TARDIS door swings open and The Doctor steps out, hands in pockets with his confident swagger, I knew I was along for a fun ride.<br /><br />I liked Matt Smith (Eleven) and was severely disappointed in Capaldi's (Twelve) take on The Doctor. My family has since met him, Michelle Gomez and Jenna Coleman and they found them all to be wonderfully delightful people. They were gracious and kind to my kids and wanted to know more about them. They love their fans.<br /><br />Series 9 made me like Capaldi's Doctor. Series 8 was just unclear on why he was... mean. I don't know how else to put it. I blame the writing of Moffet as he failed to show how much 300 years on Trensladore had damaged The Doctor as a person. I get that now. It also helps Capaldi's wild(ish) hair has given him a much friendlier look.<br /><br />Three more episodes with Capaldi before we get a new Doctor. I don't know if I'll like him (or her if you follow the rumors) but I expect to remain a fan.<br /><br />Hope is eternal. As long as I have hope, I have life.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-19782288253638902602016-12-19T07:23:00.001-06:002017-01-20T11:08:13.064-06:00Number Of Days Until Obama LeavesThe country has a new president of the United States. May we all pray that he leads wisely, lawfully and within the constraints of the Constitution.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-36202787825558357922016-12-18T13:56:00.000-06:002016-12-18T13:56:06.366-06:00A Good Old Fashioned RantCall comes in. &nbsp;The support guy answers and the conversation goes something like this:<br /><br />Tech: Hi, I'm upgrading my software today.<br />Support: Sure thing. &nbsp;What's the problem?<br />Tech: Well, I need the software.<br />Support: ...<br /><br />Call me "Old Fashioned" or perhaps years of tech support have blinded me to the realities of "Life in the Real World" but my check list would have been something like this:<br /><br />Step 1: Download software<br /><br />Especially if it is some old as crap stuff that hasn't been in use for ten years or so. &nbsp;Why is the name of Cthulhu would you wait until the DAY OF YOUR UPGRADE to try to find the software? &nbsp;So on the day of your upgrade (which happens to be a Sunday afternoon) you decide, "Well. &nbsp;Might as well go dig up some software for the upgrade. &nbsp;I guess once I've got that and FUBAR'd the upgrade destroying the database and server I can also read the instructions on the process to upgrade."<br /><br />Honestly, this lets you know exactly how successful his upgrade will be.<br /><br />The next time you sit in a queue for an hour or so, keep in mind the questions being asked. &nbsp;Explaining to people that just because the feature isn't working the way they think it should work, the display doesn't look the they think it should and I don't know how to do this and I'm paying you money so why should I bother reading the documentation so just do it for me, are all likely ahead of your legitimate question.<br /><br /><endofrant></endofrant>Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-82752180627372866512016-10-12T15:29:00.000-05:002016-10-12T15:29:09.625-05:00The Debate Of My LifeI wish I had come up with this one<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f5mJE7zIPUY" width="560"></iframe>Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-72559305536063037532016-09-23T06:45:00.002-05:002016-09-23T06:45:51.016-05:00Safe Spaces For AllIt's been a while since I've posted anything. &nbsp;Part of the problem is whenever I post I am so disturbed by something that I sound suicidal or deranged. &nbsp;I am not.<br /><br />I am, however, very frustrated. &nbsp;The world is busy with trying to not insult anyone and if anyone is insulted it is the end of the world. &nbsp;Unless that person happens to be a Christian. &nbsp;If that person is a white Christian, then double points because we've caused all the pain and suffering in the world.<br /><br />The way I see things, the world is trying to flip the scales so white people are on the bottom rung of society and minorities are in control. &nbsp;Please don't take this as I'm saying white people should be in charge and I'm just waiting on Klan hoods to come back from the cleaners, my point is you cannot fix injustice with more injustice.<br /><br />Charlotte is the latest example. &nbsp;A black man was killed by police. &nbsp;That is all we know. &nbsp;The police say he had a gun, we know there was a gun at the scene. &nbsp;The family says he was reading a book, the police say there was not a book at the scene. &nbsp;That's really all we know. &nbsp;From that we have three nights of protests and the first two nights the protests turned into riots and looting. &nbsp;After the national guard was pulled in and a midnight to 6AM curfew was put in place the third night was apparently peaceful.<br /><br />Do the people who are looting and rioting think that will "Avenge" the fallen? &nbsp;Will it tip the scales in their favor? &nbsp;Will it force those in authority to suddenly respect them?<br /><br />It's hard to keep a sarcastic, humorous point of view while you watch society eat itself.<br /><br />As for the upcoming election, this is the first one where I don't want to vote. &nbsp;I know each candidate is terrible. &nbsp;Do I vote to put an orange Cheeto into the White House, or a known liar with possible brain damage? &nbsp;Do I not vote and let the cards fall where they may?<br /><br />I'm still mulling that one over.<br /><br />Anyway, I may have some new ideas on cartoons coming up. &nbsp;Perhaps I can laugh my way through the Apocalypse. &nbsp;We're all in this together.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-34188800.post-52809325698312656982016-06-30T16:29:00.001-05:002016-06-30T16:29:19.782-05:00The Wonders Of A BeardThe other night I got my granddaughter out of her car seat and while I was carrying her into our home she began rubbing my chin. &nbsp;She was grinning and just kept rubbing and rubbing it.<br /><br />The little things mean so much. &nbsp;I remember how fascinating it was for me as a kid to feel my dad's chin when he hadn't shaved. &nbsp;The scratchy growth at first and then the tickle of the longer hair as his beard came in. &nbsp;Her rubbing my beard and seeing the joy on her face took me back to my childhood and gave me a bright spot to get through another day.<br /><br />I hope God gave you something to brighten your day too. &nbsp;I'm hanging in there.Totshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02640085595200932078noreply@blogger.com2