RANT: Impanel a grand jury?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5198925/Rosie-offered-2m-Flake-Collins-vote-no-taxes.html

Rosie O’Donnell ILLEGALLY offered $2million each to Senators Flake and Collins if they would vote no on Trump’s tax bill

  • Rosie O’Donnell offered Senators Flake and Collins $2m each to vote no on taxes 
  • She offered the money over Twitter late Tuesday night just before it was passed
  • Neither senator listened to her though, as both voted ‘Yes’ early Wednesday
  • Vote was along strict party lines; Only GOP Sen. John McCain was absent
  • It is a felony to offer money to a politician to influence acts like voting on a billBy Abigail Miller For Dailymail.com

PUBLISHED: 11:27 EST, 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:46 EST, 20 December 2017

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Seems like she should be indicted.

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RANT: Who’s a druid?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

https://lifehacker.com/why-real-christmas-trees-are-better-than-fake-ones-1821354742

Why Real Christmas Trees Are Better Than Fake Ones
Jaime Green Today 3:00pm

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Choosing between real and artificial Christmas trees largely comes down to personal preference: do you want that cozy pine smell and hellacious clean-up, or built-in lights with no personal touch but nary a needle on the floor? Personal preference aside, though, there’s someone else who probably cares: Mother Earth.

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More than anything, why don’t all us “modern Druids” forget about the whole concept of trees.

Didn’t the early Christians steal the concept of a Christmas from the pagans to get them in their movement?

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RANT: Perhaps “football” is game who’s time has passed

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

https://sports.yahoo.com/jon-gruden-leads-wave-criticism-violence-steelers-bengals-mnf-game-060535067.html

Jon Gruden leads wave of criticism over violence in Steelers-Bengals ‘MNF’ game
Jason Owens Shutdown Corner Dec 5, 2017, 1:05 AM

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on “Monday Night Football” was a particularly brutal and violent game between heated division rivals, leading to multiple injuries and scary moments on the field.

The most critical injury involved Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who couldn’t move his legs and reportedly suffered a spinal contusion after a frightening hit early in the game. He left the stadium in an ambulance and is in a local hospital.

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I tweeted my concern for him after that injury which looked very dangerous. 

I thought it was clean hard hitting football with a serious outcome.

Then, as the game went on, there were “cheap shots” and “dangerous plays” galore.

It was more like a MMA cage fight.

This is unacceptable. No wonder Moms, and non-macho Fathers, will not let the children play football. It’s still, like boxing, the lottery ticket way out of poverty.

Have we become the modern day Athenians looking down on the physical Spartans?

Surely, there can be “competition” without “brutality” and with “sportsmanship”!

“on the playing fields of Eaton” comes to mind.

Seems like some NFL players, have roid rage, with the discipline we’d expect out of a teenage boy feeling his oats.

It has to be steamrollered out by the NFL immediately if they want to have an “entertainment product”.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5147821/Pittsburgh-Steelers-linebacker-Ryan-Shazier-improving.html

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Injured player “improving”.

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RANT: On politicians and bureaucrats … …

Friday, December 1, 2017

I was thinking … … and awoke with a realization.

“Priests, politicians and bureaucrats are the parasites of human society. Celebrities and professional “athletes” are the equivalent of court jesters. “Taking heads” on TV are marionettes. “Academics” are not smarter than the average person; perhaps except in their specific discipline. At least, used car salesmen serve a useful purpose in society.”

I am going to keep this in mind from now on. Hope you the reader will to.

Argh!

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RANT: DVR’s TV guide doesn’t adjust for NFL over runs timewise

Monday, November 27, 2017

2017-Nov-27

Sorry FIOS but you need to up your game. 

More than once this “season”, an NFL game over ran it’s TV Guide time slot. 

Now I don’t care about 60 MINUTES which has long ago jumped the shark, but I do care about WISDOM OF CROWDS endings being lost.

Argh!

As a fat old white guy retired injineer who’s a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income, this seems like an easy fix. 

Hire me and I’ll fix it for you.

Argh!

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RANT: Slaughterbots

Sunday, November 26, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HipTO_7mUOw

Slaughterbots
Future of Life Institute
Published on Nov 13, 2017

If this isn’t what you want, please take action at: http://autonomousweapons.org

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Pretty scary stuff. On the horizon.

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RANT: “Accusation Equals Guilt”

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/11/18/the-pernicious-doctrine-of-accusation-equals-guilt/

The Pernicious Doctrine of “Accusation Equals Guilt”
by Ted Galen Carpenter, CATO Institute

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Equating mere allegations of misconduct with definitive evidence is a growing habit in the United States.  That tendency is most prevalent regarding national security matters, and the trend has been building since the onset of the so-called war on terror following the 9-11 attacks.  

Conservatives are especially prone to assert that “terrorists” are not entitled to constitutional rights, even if they are American citizens.  The obvious problem with that argument is that until a fair and impartial trial is held, the individuals in question are merely accused terrorists.  The whole point of due process is to determine whether a defendant is guilty or not.

Alarmingly, George W. Bush’s administration asserted the authority to jail suspected terrorists without trial or even a hearing before an independent tribunal.  In the case of Jose Padilla, an American citizen apprehended at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the government designated him an “enemy combatant” and held him (as well as inflicted torture) for nearly four years at a military prison in South Carolina before bringing charges to a grand jury.  Even then, the administration’s belated application of due process occurred only in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s prodding.

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Us little L libertarians should be constantly nagging about “our process”, “innocent until proven guilty”, and ‘limited government”.

We can go through a list of liberty impairing actions:

  • “no fly” list
  • “civil asset forfeiture”
  • gun laws
  • IRS abuses
  • Marijuana prohibition
  • “free speech zones”
  • Congressional corruption
  • farm subsidies
  • “welfare / warfare” state
  • the “deep state”

and on and on ad nauseam!

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