RANT: What? Maryland Transgender bathroom bill

Sunday, April 6, 2014


MILLER: Maryland’s bathroom bill benefits few transgenders, puts all girls at risk from pedophiles
LGBT lobby winning across the country
By Emily Miller-The Washington Times Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Maryland moms and dads will now have to be more vigilant when their children use public bathrooms. It will soon be legal for a man who simply says he identifies as a woman to use the ladies’ room.

This serious risk for sexual assaults of women and little girls is all in the name of political correctness. And this is just the latest in a string of successes by the transgender lobby.

On Friday, the Maryland House passed legislation that prohibits discrimination based on “gender identity” in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations — which, most disturbingly, includes restrooms.

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This is nuts!

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RANT: K-Cup$$$$$

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


5 Reasons K-Cups Aren’t OK for the Environment
The Green Divas
March 27, 2014

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However, only the filter and coffee grounds are compostable. The plastic part on top of the pod gets tossed into the regular garbage. Do you think my son and husband are separating these pods? Nope. That would take time. And I’m pretty sure they don’t even realize that’s what they need to do in order for the pods to be somewhat eco-friendly. (Can you tell this really steams me?)

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The thing that gets me is how expensive it is!

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RANT: Another “untrue” storey about Obamacare

Thursday, March 20, 2014

“There are plenty of horror stories being told (about Obamacare) all of them are untrue.”

- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), February 25th, 2014

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Sorry, but I know at least one is true.

A dear friend of mine has had no health insurance for a long time. (It’s expensive. She says she can’t afford it. I believe her.)

She developed sciatica. Very painful. 

Tried to tough it out but it didn’t get better. 

Spent several hundred dollars at Urgent Care to get drugs that made it tolerable.

Obamacare comes and she starts researching. She finds a policy with a 350$ month payment  and 2,500$ deductible. She’s hurting so she figures to “economize”. (Don’t know how that’s going to work.)

She investigates because the 2,500 has to be spent in network. Finds doctors locally who are in network.

Buys the insurance. (Not without its own saga. But it’s just long waits, misinfo, and general administrivia. Not very entertaining.)Then tries to book the appointment. 

She finds that all of the locals don’t do backs, only do kids, or only elbows and knees.

She’s forced to find someone.


Goes to an out of network Ortho who says he needs an MRI to diagnose her.

Now she has to find a GP in network who will agree to rewrite the out of network ortho’s order for the MRI so she can now try and find an in network MRI place so that when she pays it counts towards her deductible.


Anyone care to say nice things about Obamacare. She voted for him because he promised Health Insurance.

(I bit my tongue to keep from saying “how is that working out for you”.)

Needless to say she is <past tense synonym for urine output> off and wondering why she paying for insurance that is any good. 

I did point out she get free birth control. She was NOT amused!

(I was!)

I can’t wait to hear more.


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RANT: No inflation?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dear ferdinand j. reinke,

We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing. The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on December 7, 2014.

Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

For more information about your Prime membership, visit our Prime membership page.


The Amazon Prime Team

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RANT: A coast-to-coast blackout if the Gooferment remains in charge!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

U.S. Risks National Blackout From Small-Scale Attack on Substations
The U.S. could suffer a coast-to-coast blackout if saboteurs knocked out just nine of the country’s 55,000 electric-transmission substations on a scorching summer day, according to a previously unreported federal analysis.

The study by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded that coordinated attacks in each of the nation’s three separate electric systems could cause the entire power network to collapse, people familiar with the research said.

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The electric grid is to important to allow the Gooferment to be involved. At worst, it’s should be a corporation with the PSEGs and PEs of the country as its stockholders. No juice; sorry PSEG you don’t get paid. How happy will your stockholders be? Better than unelected bureaucrats in fancy suits with expense accounts and pensions, who will just exit stage left when the SHTF!


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RANT: An apparent suicide

Friday, March 14, 2014


Former NJ gov’s son found dead in Mexico of apparent suicide
By Jeane MacIntoshMarch 13, 2014 | 3:19pm

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For all my ranting about Corzine, I’d never wish this on anyone.

He has to answer for the collapse of MFGLOBAL, but this is hell of a way for the Universe to punish him

Requiescat In Pacem

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RANTING: William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, Requiescat In Pacem

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


‘Band of Brothers’ vet William Guarnere dies at 90
March 9, 2014 – 6:34 PM
Associated Press
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died. He was 90

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Without comment.

His nation asked and he delivered.

In spades.

Requiescat In Pacem

I may argue about “greatest”, but they gave what was asked. 

Dona Nobis Pacem

We should not waste the effort of ANY of these brave women and men!

Send politicians. Or their children instead.

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RANT: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370; terrorism?

Monday, March 10, 2014


Saturday, March 08, 2014

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Answers to those questions–and others–will be revealed in the days and weeks ahead.  And while few things are certain at this point, the use of stolen passports to put mysterious passengers on the plane certainly raises the specter of foul play.  It is also worth remembering that terrorist organizations have never lost their interest in aviation targets, and the Pacific region has long figured in their plotting.  We may soon learn if the bad guys have finally achieved their murderous goal.   

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 certainly sounds like terrorism.

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RANT: Argh! ESPN3 isn’t not ESPN

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Argh! It was supposed to be on ESPN. But the Jaspers are on ESPN3. Bumped by the women?

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RANT: 7½% growth rate

Saturday, March 8, 2014

China’s Economic Growth Forecast at 7.5% This Year
China’s government aims to deliver economic growth of about 7.5% this year, Premier Li Keqiang said in a report to the country’s legislature released on Wednesday.

The target is unchanged from last year.

Gross domestic product growth has repeatedly outpaced the official target, coming in at 7.7% last year. But economists say that achieving that rate of growth is becoming more difficult as the economy matures.

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Imagine the USA with a 7½% growth rate.

We could be prosperous again!

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RANT: Social Security is bust

Friday, March 7, 2014


Members of Congress:

When I hear politicians in Washington talking about “reforming Social Security,” I know that what you really mean is “cutting benefits” or “privatizing retirement accounts.”

What you should be talking about is expanding Social Security — extending solvency and ensuring the economic security of our seniors.

Senator Sherrod Brown, along with some of his colleagues, is working to expand the life of Social Security for this and future generations of seniors in America — and I am calling on you to do the same.


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Sorry, but Social Security was FDR’s Socialist destruction of America.

It enabled Grandparents to abandon their families and move to warmer climates. And, make people dependent upon the Gooferment.

Economically, it’s a Ponzi scheme. Based on unrealistic assumptions and an ignorance of human aging.

Also, by the wide-spread introduction of abortion, we have put humanity into a death spiral.

(Akin to the Chinese One Child policy or India sex-selection policies that have put them on the Road to Perdition.)

Social Security is bust. Best thing is to emulate Chile in the 1970’s. Privative for the youngsters, reassure the old folks, and screw the folks with assets.

Fact of life.

The last investor in Ponzi gets <synonym for the past tense of the procreation act.>

At least, Ponzi had the decency not to point a gun to his victims’ heads. He just appealed to their greed.

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RANT: Another reason to separate the Gooferment from the roads

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


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If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an
average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

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RANT: Michael Bolton, health issues

Monday, March 3, 2014


A cancellation AFTER we had departed to the venue.


The day before I received an email about the event. They advertised the valet parking and their restaurant. So we were going to do it.

We arrived at the venue and the only sign was a 8½ by 11 “cancelled”.



Did the “star” get sick 3 hours before performance?


Oh, well, it makes for good blog post!

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4:45 PM (16 hours ago)

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RANT: Gooferment “standards’ or Gooferment coverup?

Sunday, March 2, 2014



Very Small Cars Fail New IIHS Small-Overlap Frontal Crash Test

6,717 views Jan 22, 2014 54 Comments

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RANT: Fonda lived longer and better than the POWs she betrayed

Saturday, March 1, 2014


‘I have so little time left!’ Jane Fonda, 76, reveals she can’t stop crying as she comes to terms with her own mortality
PUBLISHED: 14:35 EST, 24 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:47 EST, 24 February 2014

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Wonder if she think about what she did to the Viet Nam POWs?

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RANT: Inflated page views

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Isn’t it interesting that the stats of internet clicks are inflated.

How many folk realize that Drudge’s reload inflate their stats.

At does it CRACKED that splits every page.


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RANT: Two four year sentences for a ruined life doesn’t seem fair?

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Reduce the Prison Population, but Jail Violent Criminals Longer – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic

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But his attackers kept up the assault. One repeatedly kicked the off-duty paramedic in the head. He was lucky to survive. After arriving at the hospital, he was put into a medically induced coma. He’d stay in professional care facilities for two years. He could’ve stayed longer, but his insurance money ran out.

Now he lives at his parents’ house.

For the rest of his life, he will suffer from brain damage and require caregivers. He was beaten so severely that, forever more, he’ll need to wear an adult diaper. “He has to be reminded why a plastic shunt juts from the base of his skull,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Yet the men who nearly beat him to death, when sentenced Thursday, got just four and eight years in prison. This despite the fact that both “had previous felony convictions, including one case each of domestic violence.”

The man who got the four-year sentence would’ve walked out of jail today, given time served for the 2011 attack as well as reductions due to prison overcrowding in California, but for the fact that the two attackers will now stand trial on federal weapons charges by a lucky fluke. (They weren’t armed at the time of the attack. But a search of their homes yielded a stash of five guns hidden in an attic that allegedly belonged to one man but were being held by the other. Neither is allowed to possess firearms because they’re both convicted felons.) If found guilty on the federal gun charge, each man could face up to 10 more years in a federal prison.

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As a little L libertarian, there should be the concept of “restitution”.

How do these two thugs restore their victim?

They can’t.

It would seem reasonable that they should have their lives “restrained” like their victim.

Maybe in a prison like Devil’s Island!

Gooferment’s only job is to protect. In this case, it failed.

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RANT: A savage beating

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


2 men sentenced in brutal attack on Giants fan
Posted: Feb 20, 2014 3:12 PM EST
Updated: Feb 20, 2014 7:51 PM EST

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – An angry judge lashed out Thursday as he sentenced two men who pleaded guilty in the savage beating of a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, calling them cowards and a nightmare for people who go to games.

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Is it me or do I just not understand?

Better to have a courtesous “rivalry”.

It’s not like the overpaid “athletes” on the field care.

Not like I have a vest interest in the results.

They will still have grazillions and I will still be hoping to hit the lotto like they did.


It’s not like the CRIMINALS who assaulted this poor slob are on the filed getting the <synonym for excrement> kicked out of them to “win”!!!!


Makes me sad that we are so DUMB!

They can’t restore this fellow to health.

Second Amendment, not applicable in Kalifornia, says he is entitled to defend himself.

For the same reason, I would never go, or allow mine to visit, Philladelpia. It’s like the bozos never were able to recognize the difference between a “fun rivalry” and criminal behavior.


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RANT: History is written by the Gooferment

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Misremembering America’s Wars, 2003-2053
The Pentagon’s Latest “Mission Accomplished” Moment

By Nick Turse
February 19, 2014

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In 2012, the Pentagon kicked off a 13-year program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, complete with a sprawling website that includes a “history and education” component. Billed as a “public service” provided by the Department of Defense, the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration site boasts of its “resources for teachers and students in the grades 7-12” and includes a selection of official government documents, all of them produced from 1943-1954; that is, only during the earliest stages of modern U.S. involvement in what was then called Indochina.

The Vietnam War Commemoration’s educational aspirations, however, extend beyond students. “The goal of the History and Education effort,” according to the site, “is to provide the American public with historically accurate materials and interactive experiences that will help Americans better understand and appreciate the service of our Vietnam War veterans and the history of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.” To that end, the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration offers an interactive historical timeline.

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Lies and cover ups.


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RANT: It makes a difference

Thursday, February 20, 2014


IMHO it makes a BIG difference.

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RANT: “Your” woman

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Anyone find some of the valentine’s day commercial infuriating?

Listen for the implicit, or in some cases explicit, implication that someone is “your” woman.

Now I may follow Grok the Paleo diet and my knuckles may drag from time to time …

… but …

most of the women I know are not “MINE” or anybody’s.

Fastest way to get “curbed” is even think of ownership of another human being,

And as a little L libertarian, that’s unthinkable.


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RANT: Making it up as we go?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Obama Delays Health-Insurance Requirement for Some Employers
A batch of employers won’t face a fine next year if they fail to provide health insurance to their workers, the Obama administration said Monday.

In regulations outlining the Affordable Care Act, the Treasury Department said employers with between 50 and 99 full-time workers won’t have to comply with the law’s requirement to provide insurance or pay a fee until 2016.

Companies with 100 workers or more could avoid penalties in 2015 if they showed they were offering coverage to at least 70% of their full-time workers, Treasury said.

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RANT: Debt Ceiling; what joke!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

House Votes to Suspend Debt Ceiling Until March 2015
The House voted to suspend the nation’s borrowing limit until March 16, 2015, without any policy conditions, a tactical retreat by Republicans stymied by their internal divisions.

The bill cleared the House in a 221-201 vote, relying on the support of a majority of Democrats and pushing the next debate over the issue until after the 2014 midterm elections. Most Republicans opposed the debt-ceiling suspension, which came to the floor without any of the policy proposals they hoped would sweeten its sting for conservatives.

The measure now heads to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where leaders have expressed optimism it will soon pass.

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Hope all the youngsters appreciate being screwed! 

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RANT: Leno Wrap; me too

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Jay Leno Wraps his ‘The Tonight Show’ Run With 14.6 Million Viewers; Most Since 1998
Categories: 1-Featured,Late Night TV Ratings,Network TV Press Releases

Written By Sara Bibel
February 7th, 2014

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Well, that’s a late night wrap for me. No reason to stay up late now.

But then, NBC wasn’t after the fat old white guy injineer demographic anyway.


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RANT: How many more have to die?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead
Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law-enforcement official said.

The cause of death is under investigation. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Mr. Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 film “Capote.”

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The “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” doesn’t ensure that folks have pure standard products.

Imagine if WalMart was in charge, then the drugs would be pure and of a known strength.

I believe, as an article of faith, that drugs would no longer be “kool” because anyone could buy them anywhere. 

And, we would save a lot of lives and redirect our attention to this as a medical problem.


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RANT: Watch a Bud commercial about a vet coming home

Saturday, February 1, 2014



While I am glad he’s home …

…i think of all the girls and boys who are not home.



And what about those who don’t?


Or come home broken beyond repair?



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