Buyer’s Remorse

Number 21 in a series

Full disclosure:

I do not post these to make fun of Donald Trump, current President of the United States. I post these to make fun of the people who voted for Donald Trump. My intent is to see you get no rest, and I will remind them as often as I am able that this is what they wanted. So where to start?

Start? We are done. Look at the meme above, created by somebody more clever than me. And that is all. Post a comment if you need any explanation.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

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Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

The National Rifle Association works tirelessly to defend the Second Amendment’s guarantee that all citizens have the right to carry firearms to protect themselves. Because of this, the United States is the safest of the industrialized countries—with a few minor exceptions:

Two 3-year-old boys were wounded Friday evening in an accidental shooting outside of a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant in southwest Fort Worth, police said.

The children were taken to Cook Children’s hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident happened about 5:50 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chuck-E-Cheese’s at Southwest Loop 820 and International Plaza in the Overton Park Plaza shopping center.

Sgt. Marc Povero, a police spokesman, said the children left the restaurant ahead of their parents and went to the family vehicle, where they found a .380-caliber pistol. As one of the children was playing with the weapon, it discharged, injuring the child in the hand and striking the other child in the back.

Any earnest defender of the Second Amendment will tell you this is a small price to pay to protect us from foreign terrorists coming across our borders in droves.

The Age Of Embarrassment

Number 15 in a series

From the journal Science

 

There was a time we now call the Age of Enlightenment, centered in the 18th century. It was a time of scientific awakening, a time from which sprang many of our modern scientific principles. That was so three centuries ago. We may now have entered the Age of Embarrassment:

Science Teaching Guidelines Trigger Criticism in New Mexico

Sept. 19, 2017, at 5:09 p.m.

By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and educators raised new objections Tuesday to proposed changes to teaching standards for science in New Mexico that substitute references to rising global temperatures and climate change with statements about climate “fluctuations.”

The New Mexico Public Education Department has suggested several custom additions and deletions as it moves forward with adopting a set of science standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences.

Additions that highlight the study of New Mexico’s unique natural history are being overshadowed by several deletions of references to evolution, the 4.6 billion-year age of the earth and climate change.

My goodness! Is it time to ride that old dinosaur into ground again?

The story, featured in The Washington Post yesterday, further describes idiotic themes promoted by the Mercer Counter public school system. According to the Post report, a lesson contained the following language: “imagine that human beings and dinosaurs existed at the same time.” It continued: “So picture Adam being able to crawl up on the back of a dinosaur!” Additionally: “He and Eve could have their own personal water slide! Wouldn’t that be so wild!”

The Associated Press story, running in U.S. News and World Reports, has more to say. Issues such as this are often advanced by politicians who have personal stakes. Apparently one such is Representative Jim Smith, who is also a retired school teacher. He is quoted as saying:

“I think it’s better to take the middle ground where people in all those different areas of the state can accept standards that they can teach within,” he said. “You give students the opportunity to come to their own conclusions. I as a science teacher certainly don’t deny that there is global warming happening. I think ‘fluctuations’ is a better term for it.”

An inch-deep Google search does not reveal a lot about Representative Smith’s personal life, and his record in Santa Fe shows a genuine concern for good government. However, statements such as “You give students the opportunity to come to their own conclusions,” are indicative of the creationist movement’s approach to public school encroachment. Laws enacted in other states to promote “teaching the controversy” have demonstrated to be thinly-disguised fronts to enable teachers desiring to promote creationism and other biblical teachings. One effect of such laws is to provide cover for teachers who go outside the curriculum and introduce religious concepts.

From all appearances, Dr. Smith finds fault with the idea that human activity is mainly responsible for global warming. He likes the term “fluctuations” to give the idea the climate has always been changing, and there is no need to take action to forestall any calamitous consequences. He takes this stance in defiance of the best conclusions of modern science.

A story appearing in the Albuquerque Journal further highlights attempts to dilute the teaching of biological evolution:

 

The plan was criticized Friday by Stephanie Ly, president of the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico, who called it a “perverted, watered-down vision” of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Ly accused Ruszkowski in a written statement of proposing standards “that question climate change, deny evolution, promote the fossil fuel industry, and even question the age of the Earth – all areas of consensus among the scientific community.”

One proposed addition to the high school curriculum asks students to use a model to describe the effects of energy flows on Earth “that were caused by natural occurrences that are not related to human activity.”

Another omits the word “evolution” and replaces it with the phrase “biological diversity.”

Nothing has to date been signed off, and science teaching in New Mexico remains safe for the present. The continued actions by fact-deficient public employees remains a concern to a population still possessed of a healthy respect for fact-based governance. Though it may never come to pass, we continue to look forward to that day when creationists ride the dinosaur into the sunset.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Bad Movie Wednesday

One of a continuing series

I first caught a glimpse of this while sitting through a long airplane ride. I didn’t plug in the ear buds, opting, instead, to try and get some sleep. I opened my eyes from time to time and kept seeing the same thing as before. I knew at the time I would need to see this movie some day, for free.

And here it is, Spider-Man, from 2002, now streaming on Hulu. All right, I did not actually watch it for free, because Hulu is a subscription service. However, I did not have to pay extra to watch Spider-Man after watching all that other stuff on Hulu, including Elementary, which I watch a lot. Spider-Man was distributed by Columbia Pictures. Details are from Wikipedia.

Anybody not just now climbing out of a World War Two Nazi bunker knows the Spider-Man story. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is a nerdy high school senior who has the hots for Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), also a senior and in Peter’s class. Actually, with a lot more class. Anyhow, at a school outing at Columbia University, Peter gets bitten on the finger by a mutant spider.

Returning from the outing and feeling mighty fatigued, Peter sleeps the remainder of the night. The next morning he awakes to an amazing transformation. He has developed the spiders’ quality of strength and agility, plus the ability to shoot spider web stuff. He shows his macho by defeating the perennial school bully.

He wins a pro-wrestling contest, only to be stiffed by the manager. His favorite uncle is killed by a mugger, and “Spidey” goes on the prowl for bad guys, in his made-to-order super hero costume.

A nemesis appears in the form of Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe), billionaire father of Peter’s high school friend Harry. From there through the remainder of the movie it’s Spider-Man versus the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn transformed). All the while Peter watches from the side as Jane cuddles with Harry.

In the end, Spider-Man defeats the Green Goblin. Actually, the Green Goblin defeats himself when his robotic craft runs him through and through. And the plot consists of Spider-Man doing great deeds and the duet of Peter and Jane never connecting. It ends with Harry vowing to avenge his father’s destruction at the hands of Spider-Man. There will be a sequel.

And I will not be watching. It’s a small miracle this movie did not qualify as a Bad Movie of the Week.

Buyer’s Remorse

Number 20 in a series

Full disclosure:

I do not post these to make fun of Donald Trump, current President of the United States. I post these to make fun of the people who voted for Donald Trump. My intent is to see you get no rest, and I will remind them as often as I am able that this is what they wanted. So where to start?

Start with the image above. This is an apparent screen shot of something that Donald Trump re-tweeted. Somebody sent Donald Trump a cute GIF animation. It shows (if you will take a few seconds to watch it), Donald Trump playing golf. He takes a swing, and off flies the ball, to God only knows where. Then the view cuts to a sequence that shows presidential candidate Hillary Clinton boarding an airplane. Photo-shopped onto that sequence is the blur of a golf ball striking Clinton in the back and bouncing off. Then Clinton seems to fall from the impact. In reality she merely stumbled getting on board the plane. And that is so funny.

If you are in junior high.

But this is the President of the United States re-tweeting this bit of low-detonation humor. Let me repeat it: the President of the United States.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Dying to Believe

Some more of the same

Continuing from last week, I’m posting more on death by alternative medicine. Some time ago I picked Tuesdays to carry the sad news about people dying from false belief. Alternative medicine (AltMed) is one of today’s significant mass murderers. Take the case of Mahendra Gundawar:

Alleged abuse of homoeopathic drugs by mixing them with liquor has taken four lives in Vidarbha over the past six days.

While two died in Nagpur, two more died in Bhadravati town of Chandrapur district, one of them being a homeopathic doctor himself. Two persons are fighting for their lives in Bhadravati and one from Nagpur is being treated for serious complications in a hospital.

Brother of the homoeopath and owner of a homeopathic pharmacy (name not yet on police record) and Pravin Khedkar, a cable TV worker, died in Nagpur, and Mahendra Gundawar, a homeopath and his friend Bandu More, died in Bhadravati.

Prashant Lakhe, who is fighting for his life in a private hospital in Nagpur, suspected to have consumed a “tonic” with Khedkar and the unnamed victim by mixing it with alcohol in a party on December 11. The brother of the homoeopath died first while Khedkar died on December 13. Gundawar died on December 11 and More succumbed to the effects on Sunday.

Those who believe the United States does not have this problem may need to check some on-line sources. Reliance on homeopathic remedies is a world-wide phenomenon. Keep reading. There will be more.

Bad Movie of the Week

One of a series

Here’s one older than I am, barely. It came out in 1939, about the time world headlines were cooling after news the British gave the German navy a thrashing off the coast of Uruguay. It’s Slightly Honorable, featuring Pat O’Brien in the lead role. The distribution company was United Artists. Details are from Wikipedia, which entry is a mere shell, listing only the cast of characters. This production has been saved from oblivion and now rests peacefully among the Amazon Prime Video archives.

Films like this are the reason I created the Bad Movie of the Week series. It has a mystery plot which barely registers among all the other drama going on around it. Here is a short breakdown.

O’Brien is prominent attorney John Webb, and there is a major plot diversion involving a state highway corruption scandal. For example, there is a detour in the story line featuring a lab test of two samples of asphalt paving, one being from Oklahoma. Anyhow, ignoring the numerous side shows, I will give the bare bones narrative.

Dispense with some preliminaries, including the funeral of a corrupt politician, and get to the main plot. We see Webb confabbing with some acquaintances before heading into a cabaret club. One of the acquaintances Alma Brehmer (Claire Dodd), a sparkling blonde. Apparently everybody winds up inside the club.

On comes the show, featuring a firecracker singer-dancer. She is never given a name, but the part is played by Ruth Terry. She dogs the remainder of the plot, as will be seen. Webb comes to call her Puss. That’s the name I will use. Anyhow, following her act, Puss attaches herself to Webb, possibly twice her age (she’s 18, “and three months”).

But there’s trouble. As a viewer I am amazed to see the kind of rough stuff going on amongst such a crowd of upscale clientèle. One customer puts the move on Puss, rips her dress, and knocks her to the floor. Webb comes to the rescue, pulling this mere child to the safety outside after a standoff in force with some well-heeled thugs. This later on turns out to have nothing to do with the main plot.

Back at his office, Webb conducts business with his attractive and efficient secretary. She is Miss Ater, played by the bubbly Eve Arden. I show this image so readers can appreciate Ms. Arden’s appreciable qualities. Her film career spanned from  1929 to 1982, but it was her on-air persona that first caught my attention. For a long time she had her own television program, Our Miss Brooks, that cast her as a high school teacher. I can watch an old movie, and I can tell immediately when she enters the scene. It’s that brash and brittle voice. Nobody ever duplicated it. Sadly for viewers, she is a casualty of this movie’s multiple homicides.

But Puss barges in. Since Webb has previously rescued her, she is his forever, purchasing a new wardrobe on his credit. That does not appear to alarm him much (he talks of million dollar business deals). What does alarm him is when she begins to show off her new duds by changing costumes in his office. There has got to be a future in that.

But somebody has murdered the provocative Ms. Brehmer. Webb vows to avenge her untimely death, becoming immediately a suspect, himself.

In fact, most of the cast becomes suspect. Police attempt to sort out who was on first, and the session takes on aspects of a three-ring circus. In fact, that is a termed used in the movie to describe it.

Then there is the disappearing murder weapon. It turns up in Webb’s desk drawer, just as the police are coming to search. Webb can only think of one place to  hide it. The cop never looks up to see the knife stuck in the ceiling above his head.

I have to insert this, as well. Art, the elevator operator in Webb’s apartment building, is played by Willie Best. He comes on twice in the film, and each appearance opens showing him doing a small shuck and jive dance. Eighty years ago this was expected behavior of a black character in the plot. Interesting thing is, this was the same year Hattie McDaniel was putting in an Academy Award appearance in Gone With The Wind. It was going to take another fifteen years before Hollywood grew up and cast Sidney Poitier in a major dramatic role in Blackboard Jungle.

Tragedy! Webb returns to his office to find Miss Ater sitting at his desk, skewered by the infamous missing murder weapon.

Cutting out remaining details, Webb figures it was his partner, Russ Sampson (Broderick Crawford), doing the murdering to cover up a crooked past. By now Puss has so grown on the middle-aged Webb that he cannot live without her. He proposes in the back seat of a cab, and they get hitched.

Yes, this has some top tier talent, but they do not deliver much in the way of performance. The plot is a mishmash of unrelated themes. This might have done for a 30-minute TV drama, but it runs for 85 minutes. Wikipedia reports it made $386,116 at the box office under a production cost of $434,874. And  this was back when the Great Depression was pushing wages down. You can watch it for free on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKBWyqM_S8o. Let me know if you do watch it, and let me know what you think.

Snowflake-in-Chief

New game in town—number 35 of a series

People, I tell you the momentum is growing. This is not from me, but “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come“:

9/16/17

HELP SEND A MESSAGE TO CONGRESS, THE MEDIA, & THE WORLD WE STAND UNITED TO DEFEND

AMERICAN CULTURE & VALUES

This is from The Mother of all Rallies, and it has the appearance of an idea whose time has come. There’s more on the Mother of all Rallies site, and I will share some:

WHAT IS THE #MOAR EVENT

 MOAR – The Woodstock of American Rallies

THE ONLY FLAG THAT UNIFIES US ALL IS THE AMERICAN RED WHITE AND BLUE FLAG. NO CONFEDERATE FLAGS, COMMUNIST FLAGS, OR FOREIGN FLAGS ALLOWED THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN RALLY. ITS NOT A LEFT OR RIGHT RALLY. WE CONDEMN RACISTS OF ALL COLORS AND SUPREMACY OF ALL COLORS. OUR PATRIOTS ARE OF ALL COLORS AND WE ARE UNITING UNDER OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. WE ARE AMERICANS AND OUR COLOR SHOULDN’T MATTER.  ANYONE WHO WOULD PROTEST THIS RALLY IS PROTESTING AMERICA AND SHOWING THEMSELVES TO BE THE VERY DOMESTIC ENEMIES OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WARNED US ABOUT. ANYONE ATTEMPTING TO SILENCE US IS COMMITTING A DIRECT ASSAULT ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF FREE ASSEMBLY    Silent Majority To Roar MOAR
MOAR, a grassroots movement, announces its first nationwide rally to peacefully unite in honor of America.You are invited to join with us on September 16 at the National Mall in Washington DC.Due to increasing political and social unrest, many  believe that core American values, customs and traditions are being sacrificed. Rally participants will demand protection for traditional American culture while they express their love for the United States and the America First agenda. MOAR will send a message to the world that the voices of mainstream Americans must be heard. We are coming together to send a direct message to Congress, the media and the world that we stand united not divided to protect and preserve American Culture” Event Detais:  Opening ceremonies will begin at 11 am EST at the north end of the Mall, near the Washington monument. Keynote speakers include author Hamody Jasim, Marco Guiterrez founder of Latinos for Trump, and congressional candidate for California Omar Navarro.  The band Madison Rising is the featured performer.  Panel discussions on a number of hot topics are also planned and much will be happening throughout the day and evening.  There will be no admission charge for any of the events.  Further details will be disclosed as the target date nears.We are uniting in honor of the United States of America; all people regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, age or political affiliation are invited.   We are gathering to support our President and our country.  We the People, as one Nation under God, invite you to set aside differences and rally with us.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE FOUNDING FATHERS IDEA OF AMERICA. IF YOU BELIEVE WE ARE THE GREATEST COUNTRY EVER TO EXIST. IF YOU STAND FOR PATRIOTISM AND FREEDOM THIS RALLY IS FOR YOU!!

And all this is so compelling. While I cannot explain the break in mid-paragraph from all caps to mixed case, I did do some additional reading and pulled up these tidbits. Under the heading “Speakers For MOAR”:

Marco Gutierrez Is A Father, A Patriot, And A Proud Latino For Trump. He is A Patriot You Should Know…

Yes, this may be a rally in support of current President of the United States Donald Trump. There is more evidence:

I may be on a roll here. The MOAR is all about throwing support behind the most quaint of all presidents in American history. And what is more impressive is the muscle behind this MOAR.

POA TV

LIVE From America Jeremy Herrell

Outlaw Morgan

Harim Uziel

Will Johnson @UniteAmericaFirst

The Red Elephants

Andres Parra

Thaddeus Dionne Alexander

Joe Biggs @BAM

The Patriot’s Walk

Black Rebel

Tammy NeverHillary Lee

Johnny Tiny Threeper

Ace Baker  @AWR

Joey Gibson @Patriots Prayer

Terry McNeely Comedian

Matt Burch @operation repo

Maurice Delk.

#APU OFFICIAL NATIONAL CHAPTER

American Warrior Revolution

Bobby Lawrence

Steven Gern @WARPIGS

Based Stickman Kyle Chapman

Liberty Den Home of the American Patriot

Andy Hallinan @ Florida Gun Supply

Raymond Herrera

Having to admit that I am unfamiliar with every bit of this impressive lineup, I feel the need to dig deeper. Start with POA TV:

This is a channel of pissed off Americans discussing what the mainstream media tries to suppress hosted by Tommygunn AKA The Pissed off American…follow us on your favorite platforms https://www.facebook.com/POATVLIVE/?ref=bookmarks# https://www.facebook.com/ThePissedOffAmerican/?ref=bookmarks# https://twitter.com/OfficialPOA

OK, POA TV, we know where you’re coming from. Let’s try American Warrior Revolution:

The picture is beginning to form. This rally is all about right wing American politics and is 100% pro Trump. And I must say, it is an endeavor of grand scale. I will not enjoy peace of mind until I get some idea how the MOAR turned out. A quick check of some news sources brings the dawn:

Pro-Trump ‘Mother of All Rallies’ eclipsed by Juggalo event in Washington DC (VIDEO)

The pro-Trump event, billed as the ‘Mother of all rallies,’ or MOAR for short, held in Washington, DC Saturday appears to have failed, in a sign that in the capital at least, support for the POTUS is waning.

The organizers said on the event’s Facebook page that their goal was to have one million people turn out for the rally in America’s capital. Around 2,000 people said they were going to the rally on the social media channel while a further 6,000 marked themselves as “interested.”

The event kicked off at around 11am local time at the north end of the National Mall, near the Washington Monument. However, by late afternoon, it had failed to live up to the hype and was soon eclipsed by another nearby rally organized by the Juggalo movement.

Of course, that is massively disappointing. The MOAR swamped by something called the Juggalo movement:

On Saturday, September 16, two groups will descend on Washington: Attendees at the “Mother of All Rallies,” a pro-Trump event which demands “protection for traditional American culture,” and a march of Juggalos — fans of the horror-rap duo Insane Clown Posse famous for their violent lyrics, rowdy music festivals, and love of face paint.

The pro-Trump rally website clarifies that “all people regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, age or political affiliation are invited.” But in the wake of violent protests by white supremacist and neo-Nazi Trump supporters in Charlottesville, Virginia, there’s a reasonable fear that event will bring similar chaos and destruction.

And this time, it’ll happen next to a group of Juggalos.

Their presence isn’t a random anti-Trump provocation, though. They have a policy agenda: The Juggalo March is the latest in a years-long campaign by the Insane Clown Posse and its fans to push back at the FBI after it deemed Juggalos a “gang” in the bureau’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, a report by the National Gang Intelligence Center which sought to “examine emerging gang trends and threats posed by criminal gangs to communities throughout the United states.”

Ouch! A Trump rally put in the shade by an Insane Clown gang march. I would not like to be in the same room when Donald Trump lays into whoever was behind this. The word I have is, “Tiny hands, enormous ego.” Everybody stand clear.

And the fun continues.

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a continuing series

A vampire bat returned to the bat colony after a night of feasting. The other bats noticed his face was covered in blood. He had obviously been fortunate in finding an abundant source. They beseeched him to disclose his find. He refused and hung silently from his perch.

The other bats harangued him ceaselessly until he finally relented. “Follow me,” he told them, and he flew off. He finally came to rest in a peach orchard overlooking a farm house.

“You see that house over there?” he asked.

They all said they did.

“You see that large oak in front of the house?”

The all agreed. They saw it.

“Well, I didn’t,” he told them.