Traitor!

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I’m back as semi-official chronicler of the last days of the Republic.  As if the Comb Over couldn’t get any more abject or disgusting, here we have him jerking off the only other person more despicable than him in the world today, Party Secretary Premiere Josef, er, I mean, President Vladimir Putin.  After treating the United States’ allies as rubbish, we see the Comb Over kissing up to the current worst dictator in the world.  My Hitler/Stalin metaphors simply aren’t blatant enough for you NRA scum Fox News ingesting Right Wing Evangelical Ignorant Tea Party Republican fools.  Maybe when the Soviets, er I mean, Russians invade Eastern Europe again triggering WWIII you’ll get the message, or how about when the Russkies come knocking at your NRA approved Prepper bunker.  How about China or Europe as an ally when that happens?  Well we screwed that one too.

Now here is today’s history lesson.  In the 1980’s the Republican’s beloved 40th president Ronald Reagan (I never thought I’d be counting him as one of the “good” ones, but hey the qualifying aspects of American leadership seem to have become spotty in recent decades.) embarked on a massive arms race with one strategic goal:  to bankrupt the Cold War Soviet Union.  We can argue about how much Reagan had to do with this, but the essential fact remains that the USSR did go bust and Communism, the great threat since WWII, fell and democracy broke out from the Ukraine to Eastern Germany.  Pretty good deal, huh?  I never thought it would happen in my lifetime, as a few other things also seem to be happening now.  On top of that the Russian people appeared to be free as well – until the oligarchs from the old Soviet regime resurrected their paramilitary mafia style government again.

Why do the Russians always seem to gravitate towards “strong” corrupt leadership?  They always end up screwed in the end.  This is the main reason that Russia continues to lag the rest of the world.  India and China are now more prosperous than Russia.  Hell, Vietnam is more prosperous than Russia.  Only North Korea seems to lag farther behind, just because it doesn’t have access to the vast natural resources Russia has.   But I digress…

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Vladimir Putin is not very far from Stalin, or Hitler, or any other modern tyrant.  Kim Jong Un and Benito Mussolini and Daniel Ortega and Robert Mugabe and Idi Amin and Saddam Hussein and Francisco Franco and Omar Gaddafi all come to mind.  Good guys that you’d wanna hang out with as good Republicans and Patriots and share a beer with.  Nice FIFA All Star soccer team.

That the Comb Over is seen neck sucking this KGB vampire from the old Soviet Union would have Mr. President Reagan spinning in his grave.  He would have been revolted seeing the 45th President schmoozing and thanking the Secret Police creep.  It would have made any previous US president’s skin crawl.  Think of Lincoln or Washington or Madison or Jefferson.  Would any of them welcomed this tyrant?  Hamilton or Teddy Roosevelt?  I don’t think so.  They would have shown him more than the door.  Benedict Arnold would have been proud.

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Putin and the Russians must have some bad dirt on the Duck because after seeing the Comb Over disgracefully throw his own Intelligence Service under the bus in front of the current world’s second worst tyrant on the international stage in Helsinki, the only question left is:  Did Putin use a condom?

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Appeasement

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Today’s topical rant, er, reasoned argument is over the Comb Over’s trip to the UK.  My first question to the gutless Prime Minister Theresa May and her lap dog Boris Johnson is, have they ever heard of Neville Chamberlain?  He ended up in a pretty footnote in history didn’t he?  Nobody pays attention to their schooling even when they get a good one.  Apparently they both want to appear alongside Chamberlain in the history books.

The most ethically and morally correct thing to do to the Comb Over at this point is disinvite, hell shun, the tyrant.  Call a spade a spade, a tyrant a tyrant, an emperor an emperor, a fuhrer a fuhrer and tell him he appals you.  Don’t legitimize a dictator by engaging in so called “mutual interests.”  The UK’s best interest at this point in time is for the Comb Over to choke on his next bite of filet mignon.

Unfortunately the Brexit debacle has put the UK in the position of being shaken like a rat by its tail until the last pence falls out of its pocket by the Comb Over.  No more European allies to fall back on.  Dumb and Dumber.  What was that asshole’s name. Nigel something or other.  He’ll get into the history books too in all the wrong ways.  I always thought Brits were smarter than the colonists but hey I’ve been wrong before.

I hope the Queen kicks him in the balls or has one of those hand buzzers.

Immigration

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I used to try to make this blog somewhat entertaining, back in those days when life wasn’t yet so serious.  I’d talk about TV programmes, professional wrestling, seniors driving, and sometimes the odd important issue, but still try to make it light and lively.  Satire they call it.  Well dear reader, the end times have come.  The thing everybody said could never happen here happened here.  The Comb Over on late night TV is not funny.  Hitler on late night TV is not funny.  Laugh now, but you won’t be laughing when they come for you.  Get ready for the party to end.  Bad hangover if you even wake up.  Ever seen the film Cabaret?  Well we’re living it.  Money makes the world go ’round.

Now that I’ve re-started this blog again I don’t know where to start.  There are so many untold truths.  Maybe I’ve waited too long.  But you’ve got to start somewhere.  Bite size as they say.

So, let’s start with what I call the last straw.  Images, sounds, of children wailing, desperately trying to memorize phone numbers in another language.  Pictures of cages with children in them.  Is this Bavaria in 1936?  No, it’s Texas in the 21st century.  Sounds like an alternate history sf novel kinda.  Well, if you like that sort of thing, you’re living it now.  Enjoy the ride into future history.  The Comb Over has legitimized the incarceration of families, of human beings, people no different than you or I just born in another place and, seeking a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Look up the word Objectification, Look up Dehumanize.  Do you think if this had been 1936 without social media that it would have stopped on its own?  America was always about the hope of a better future for ourselves but even more so for our children and future generations.

Philosophically I’m socially Libertarian.  I generally approve of unfettered immigration.  Come on over everybody let’s have a party!  There’s room in this house for everyone! That’s how America became the greatest nation it was.  Invite don’t discourage.  What if you hadn’t been born with the silver spoon that is American citizenship and white skin in this world?  A fate you never deserved or asked for, just given, not as a right but as a fact of random chance?

Sure you get the bad with the good, but the chances are so small it’s ridiculous.  Do you think that your chances of being victimized by MS-13 or Islamic Fundamentalism is so great that we should lock the door and hunker down with our guns and goods?  Your chances of being killed by terrorists or cartels is less than falling down the stairs or in a traffic accident because of our lousy roads.  Where are the sensible priorities?  You are being victimized by the fear of bad statistics and bad science.  A symptom of our failure to provide a decent education to our electorate.  Besides Law Enforcement was supposed to take care of those things before it became the slave of the militarization of the War on Drugs.  And sensible gun control would also take care of a lot of it.  Those are other topics but I’ll have to save those for another time or this would get too long for the average State News, er, I mean, Fox News consumer.  See I still throw in the odd one liner.

What the haves (Ubermensch) will not tell you is they want to let just enough of the “right” ones in to protect the white rich society; the Roman lifestyle they all live, and fool you into thinking you can aspire to in life, while keeping wages low and any talk of human rights and decency out of the equation.  Healthcare, Shelter, decent living standards.  These would put too much of a burden on “society” and ruin the economy.  C’mon folks stop being swindled by the lies.

I’ll give you one last tidbit to ponder, not about immigration but even you will figure it out.  Look up something called the Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact between Nazi Germany and the Stalinist Soviet Union.  Now change the names to Trump, Vladimir Putin, and just for good measure throw in Kim Jong Un as Benito Mussolini.  Hey, I think I’ve seen this film before….  Those who fail to heed their history are doomed to repeat it.  Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.  Blind acceptance is a sign of stupid fools who stand in line.  Anger IS an energy.

If only CBS, or CNN, or anybody for that matter would point these things out I wouldn’t have to sit here over my vintage computer and I could get a low paying, benefits and pension free job in the New Economy and rest easy at night….  Satire.

Oh, by the way that’s not Hitler at the top but another nice guy from the 1940s trying to make America, er I mean Germany, great again.  He poisoned himself, his wife, and all his children in the end.  We should be so lucky.  Sorry about the wife and kids tho.

 

 

 

The Comb Over (Part 2)

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Yes blessed friends I’m back.  And better than ever.  It is my sad duty to have to exercise my First Amendment Rights as an American in order to inform you that The Comb Over is Adolf Hitler with orange hair.  45th President of the United States.  If there ever was a sign of the decline of western civilization Donald Trump is it.  I told you the parallels were eerie: a leader treated by the political and media establishment as a buffoon, a dimwit outsider and an “it can’t happen here,” lazy intellectual attitude on the part of an ignorant electorate due to a shabby school system kidnapped by Tea Party Christian Right Wing White Republicans in favor of charter, voucher, home school, and just plain minimal investment in the education of our future (our children).  Then there is the Big Lie.  Then there is the manipulation of liberal democracy by Billionaires and the Soviet Union, er, I mean Russia.  I will prove to you in these bitter pages that to vote for a Republican now is to vote for the Nazi Party, Der Fuhrer.  Wait and see.  It will all become crystal clear.

Where to start?  Maybe at the end.  The separation and caging of refugee children was the last straw.  Where was the last place we saw families divided and sent off to “detention” camps when they came to a new country?  Do I have to spell it out for you?  You watch the History Channel, right?  My father fought to liberate people from concentration camps.  Almost died in The Battle of the Bulge.  Am I gonna sit here and watch the same thing happen to the Red, White, and Blue?  I’m disgusted, appalled.  Crying children.  My country?  Cages.  I’m ashamed to call myself American.

ICE.  Jack-booted storm troopers.  Sometimes you just walk away from your job because it is too repulsive, inhumane.  You say “I won’t be a part of this.”  Patriots just doing their jobs?  So were the SS men in Dachau.  Study the banality of evil.  They say they’ll use DNA to match the right children with their families.  What’s that about?  Like parents won’t recognize their own children?  Why do we need to match DNA?  If this doesn’t sound creepy to you, you aren’t paying attention.

How many times have you heard someone ask “if you were back in Nazi Germany would you have participated in the Holocaust?”  The answer is inevitably, “No I would have resisted.”  Liars, every one of you.

The time for conversation is over.  There is no such thing as “good people on both sides” when the Confederate flag is displayed.  How would you feel if they put up a statue honoring Erwin Rommel and you were Jewish?  Stone Mountain, Georgia.  How does an African American feel about that monument?

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On today’s menu is Scott Pruitt Gauleiter of the Environmental Protection Agency.  He resigns after disemboweling 50 years of environmental protection for the planet.  Talk about putting the fox in the hen house.  A lifestyle considered lavish even by Imperial Roman standards on my/your dime while you scrabble to get health insurance, he resigns not in shame, but in having done a “good” job.  I’m sure there is a CEO/Lobbyist job he doesn’t need waiting for him in the Energy Sector somewhere.  Probably the Koch brothers.  Who knows.  Presidential Pardon.

Enough for today.  I’ll get back to you tomorrow.  I have so much more to say….

Trial bt Internet

Review:

Trial by Fury: Internet Savagery and the Amanda Knox Case - Douglas Preston

I probably have rated it higher than it should be but it was quite thought provoking. Not so much another dissection of the trial that seemed to never end as the rampant online fury that surrounded Amanda and Raffaele, people that not only were blatantly innocent but who these people couldn’t have possibly known anything about other than what was fed to them via social networks, websites, and overtly biased media outlets. What possible stake could Jim Bob in Timbuktu have in the sad tale of one British student’s brutal murder in Perugia, Italy and the quite obviously framed defendants? Why wish the innocent guilty, and so vehemently, or care at all with everything else that is going on in the world?

Preston, yes that Douglas Preston of Preston & Child, does a good job of distilling the workings and psychology of online mob hysteria and retribution and how it starts and spreads virally. He focuses not so much on the details of this actual event as on the meta-level workings of the frenzy and how literally thousands of individuals can make death threats against someone they don’t know and don’t have any stake in based purely on mob dynamics and biological and social evolution.

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No Future

Review:

Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored - John Lydon

Intelligent without being intellectual and always entertaining. And what about that whine? Lydon via Andrew Perry more or less chronologically recounts his life from a wee lad to the present time. A born raconteur, Lydon relates the saga of his life in the Sex Pistols and beyond and everything in-between. Full of laughs there are also decidedly more serious and tender moments than you would expect and Johnny comes off as a fairly serious person, not one for sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll but he’s seen it, just not participated. He’s refreshingly self-deprecating while at the same time you can see his actual pride in the things he has done. As you would expect he lives life to the fullest and has no time for fools.

 

Not as many sneers as you might expect.

 

All you english teachers stay away from this, Mr. Lydon has his own way of speaking and writing and it ain’t textbook correct. It’s more like listening to someone verbatim that knows how to speak but doesn’t know proper grammar.

 

Still, blind acceptance is the sign,
Of stupid fools who stand in line, like…

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Goodreads has stolen this blog . . . seriously

Author Douglas A. Anderson posted this from the multi-contributor blog Wormwoodiana:

 

“Yes, Mark Valentine and I were very distressed today to learn that Goodreads has usurped this blog and posted it at their own site, renaming it “Mark Valentine’s Blog” even though this blog is multi-authored. Neither Mark nor I gave any such permission for this action, nor did we know it had happened until today.

In my view, this moves Goodreads (owned by Amazon.com) into the top of the Corporate Scum Pile. We have sent requests for it to be completely removed, but this is something we should never have had to do, if the corporate raiders would leave other people’s stuff alone.

See it for yourself. Here is the URL for the stolen blog:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33552.Mark_Valentine/blog

***Update. Thanks to Ryan (see comments), this now appears in snippet form, but it’s still misnamed as Mark”s blog when it isn’t.***

I hope this link goes dead soon.  Real soon.  And any inclination I might ever have had to join Goodreads is now gone.

The sad thing, too, is that both Mark and I now feel less inclined to post anything other than snippets of news here. All thanks to the unconscionable theft by Goodreads.”

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Tour de Crap

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Bicycle. Duh!

I took a little hiatus after the 50th post.  I figured I deserved a little rest.  Even a servant gets to sleep once in awhile.  But I’m back and ready to take on another important topic for your betterment.

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I was reading about this big bicycle race, the so-called Tour de France, the other day.  I know it’s not really bike racing weather here in the northern hemisphere but no time is the wrong time when you find out something that is to everyone’s benefit.  The Tour de France is a complete sham!  A total spectator sport swindle.  For those of you who don’t know what the Tour de France is, and I know many of you don’t get out of bed much, much less keep up with any sports other than boxing, professional wrestling, and dog racing, the Tour de France is a supposed bicycle “race” where guys ride bikes all over France and then finally come to a finish where somebody, no doubt some steroid crazed pretty-boy with a Hollywood contract already in his back pocket, “wins” the race.  So what’s the big deal about that you say?  I’ll tell you the many reasons why, and by the time I’m done you’ll want to take a shower if you just read about the Tour de France in the newspaper.

Let’s start this tirade with my usual disdain for “spectator” sports in general.  Why anybody watches any other adult play a children’s game is beyond me.  If you are not going to do it or aren’t trying to learn how to do it, why watch it?  Everything from ice dancing to professional football is a waste of your life and valuable entertainment time.  Let’s start with the basic statistics, you already know whatever team, or jockey, or bowler you are watching is going to lose approximately half the time.  Who invites a 50% failure rate into their lives?  Now I’ve told you all to expect the worst, but this is different, this is hoping for the worst and that is a much different thing my friend.  Just because you know you are a loser doesn’t mean you have to roll out the red carpet for it.  That’s just crazy!

The other reason I hate spectator sports is they are boring.  Even when the time isn’t taken up with endless commercials for Duck Dynasty Chia Pets, nothing pretty much happens.  Everybody just runs around mostly.  Even in high scoring basketball, the ultimate fixer sport, only about one one-millionth of the time is actually spent scoring, the only half-way useful thing that happens during a “game.”  Even if the scoring aspect was somehow increased in each sport, how much can you watch a ball going through a net or someone spinning in the air?  Compare this to watching the Three Stooges or Castle of Blood and I think I’ve made my point.  By comparison you sports fanatics are just wasting your useless lives.  Besides, while watching films and TV shows you might actually learn something, like how medieval siege engines work, but you know nothing can come of watching that lacrosse contest.  If the alternative in this hell we call life was watching a fly crawl up the wall, then maybe sports would be a step up from your present misery, but this just isn’t the case with cable, WiFi, satellite, and 4G available almost everywhere.

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Typical “accident”

Next comes the rigging.  Everyone knows that everything from wrestling to to tiddley-winks  is run by the mob nowadays.  The outcomes are more or less a foregone conclusion.  If somebody steps out of line with a muffed dive or a caught pass, then they run the risk of keeping Jimmy Hoffa company.  Once the big money came in, what little was left of interest in synchronized swimming was gone.  For awhile drownings became synonymous with fair play until the athletes wised up and started following mafia orders.  If this alone doesn’t put you off sports, well you are just a hopeless waste of human flesh.

Next we have to deal with the aesthetics of bicycle racing.  The helmets are stupid, dorky looking things that sit on top of your head like a hen on a nest.  At least in sports like auto racing, football, and hockey the headgear looks butch.  Also those tight racing pants don’t look good on most people and are a turn off in a sport that you would think would want to be more inclusive.  There is supposed to be zero contact in bike racing and even when there is contact the crashes are usually uneventful, unlike auto racing.  ‘Nuff said.

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Now here is where the real BS nonsense about the Tour de France comes in.  Say it takes two weeks, ten days, a month, I dunno it doesn’t matter I’m too lazy to look it up and the exact number doesn’t matter; it takes more than a couple of days for the Tour de France to finish, it’s a really long race.  But here’s the real crapola, they get to go to a hotel and get a hot meal and sleep a few hours every day before they all get up to start again at the same time from the same place!  You think they are killing themselves with this day and night torture of riding all over France but really they are just having a nice ride, looking at a couple of chateaus each day, stopping for some wine tastings, and all finishing at the same place to have a few cocktails and some escargot each and every night.  Who do they think they’re fooling?

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Mafia “spectator”

Well, they also do this thing called “sharing the yellow jersey” which means that a different guy gets to do the heavy lifting each day while the others try to knock the other jockeys off their bikes or just enjoy the day.  It doesn’t matter because they all get to start over again tomorrow unless they have a heart attack, fall off a cliff, or get run over by a car.

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Typical steroid crazed pretty boy

So now you see how it goes.  The only day that “matters” is the last day of the race.  So everyone stores it up and gets their blood doped, and takes their steroid shot, eats a big spaghetti dinner, and skips the vino for that night and gets a good night’s rest.

So how do you win?  Just give the yellow jersey to the best, most rested guy on the last day and have the other guys on the “team” throw banana skins out on the track all day.  Except for the teams that are being paid off to take a dive.  These teams drop out along the way due to so-called “accidents” like a squirrel in the spokes or a “leg cramp.”  The fixers are all along the final leg of the race to make sure each racer does what he’s been paid to do.  It has even been reported that a few “warning shots” have been taken at certain racers that had “second thoughts” about throwing the race.

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Mob Fixer

 So there you go, what was already as dull as dirty dish water to begin with becomes even less interesting when you realize it’s all a sham.  The only real excitement that comes is if you can get an insider tip and make a little money off the race.  Even then it’s not too smart to win too much because then you are going to get a visit from “Vinnie” and your dog is going to wander off or worse.  If you keep your winnings modest all you’ll get is a “warning”  Take it from me.

In recent times the Commissioner has tried to make the whole thing seem legit with trumped up charges of blood doping and steroid use.  This is a joke.  Everyone does these things.  You could test any of the athletes and find the same thing.  The only reason this happened is a new family in the mob took over power and now wants to show the others that they mean business.

I Told You So

nuremberg_rally__by_iloveswats-d5bykq2Remember when I told you all about spooks and peepers in that NCIS post, well here is just another piece of evidence that proves your’s truly is on the cutting edge:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/how-the-nsa-spies-on-smartphones-including-the-blackberry-a-921161.html

I bet you all thought I was exaggerating and being all paranoid here.

Der Spiegel means like The Speaker or The Supreme Leader or something like that in German (I’m too lazy to look it up and it doesn’t matter anyway). You know you can believe it because when have the Germans ever lied about anything in the last hundred years or so.