So, things are really looking like they are going to royally suck when late April comes. It appears as though I am going to be forced into a two-week long conference of sorts that I have no desire to attend. Worse, it appears that my well-being may be in jeopardy if I do not go "with the flow." So, here I am. Whoot!
There is exactly zero chance I can say no. Even though I do not want to do it, I really have no choice. This will the the first time in a few years that I have been so royally screwed by these people. Granted, there have been issues, but nothing remotely like this. It used to happen a lot in the past, but things have been headed in a much more positive direction since, I don't know, the stroke or whatever.
Anywho, I can either say no and deal with some really negative consequences or I can just smile and take it like it is.
Choices suck sometimes.
I am blaming my long absence on a slightly serious health issue followed by the arrival of Spring. Sorry, but my icky issues combined with pollen really take it out of your awesome guy, ChrisBrad....
So, what have I been up to? Ummm.... You see... Well....
There has been some drama as of late. Quite a bit of it, in fact. Unfortunately, I can't go spilling the details here online. But, suffice it to say, it is DRAMA.
What else? Oh, I have fallen in love with the band Black Lab (specifically their song "This Night").
Uh oh, my cell is ringing and it is important. Until then.
■ “I’m waiting for the day when I pick it up, pick up a newspaper or click on the Internet and find out he’s choked to death on his own throat fat or a great big wad of saliva or something, you know, whatever. Go away, Rush, you make me sick!” — Left-wing radio host Mike Malloy on the January 4, 2010 Mike Malloy Show, talking about Rush Limbaugh going to the hospital after suffering chest pains.
■ MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in 2009 fantasized about the death of Rush Limbaugh: “Somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he’s going to explode like a giant blimp”
■ Author/humorist P.J. O’Rourke: “It’s the twilight of the radio loud-mouth, you know? I knew it from the moment the fat guy-”
Host Bill Maher: “You mean Rush Limbaugh and Sean-”
O’Rourke: “-from the moment the fat guy refused to share his drugs....”
Maher: “You mean the OxyContin that he was on?...Why couldn’t he have croaked from it instead of Heath Ledger?” — HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, February 8, 2008.
■ MSNBC’s Amy Robach in 2006 mildly wondered if “Death of a President” movie depicting the imagined assassination of President Bush was “poor taste or, as some say, thought-provoking?”
■ On his radio show in 2009, Ed Schultz wished for Dick Cheney’s death: “He is an enemy of the country, in my opinion, Dick Cheney is, he is an enemy of the country … Lord, take him to the Promised Land, will you?”
■ Also on his radio show, in 2010, Schultz shouted: “Dick Cheney’s heart’s a political football. We ought to rip it out and kick it around and stuff it back in him!”
■ Then-Air America host Montel Williams in 2009 urged Congresswoman Michele Bachmann to kill herself: “Slit your wrist! Go ahead! I mean, you know, why not? I mean, if you want to – or, you know, do us all a better thing. Move that knife up about two feet. I mean, start right at the collarbone.”
■ Writing on the Huffington Post in 2007, radio host Charles Karel Bouley mocked: “I hear about Tony Snow and I say to myself, well, stand up every day, lie to the American people at the behest of your dictator-esque boss and well, how could a cancer NOT grow in you? Work for Fox News, spinning the truth in to a billion knots and how can your gut not rot?”
■ “I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.” — Host Bill Maher on his HBO show Real Time, March 2, 2007, discussing how a few commenters at a left-wing blog were upset that an attempt to kill Vice President Cheney in Afghanistan had failed.
■ “Earlier today, a rental truck carried a half a million ballots from Palm Beach to the Florida Supreme Court there in Tallahassee. CNN had live helicopter coverage from the truck making its way up the Florida highway, and for a few brief moments, America held the hope that O.J. Simpson had murdered Katherine Harris.” — Bill Maher on ABC’s Politically Incorrect, November 30, 2000.
■ Host Tina Gulland: “I don’t think I have any Jesse Helms defenders here. Nina?”
NPR’s Nina Totenberg: “Not me. I think he ought to be worried about what’s going on in the Good Lord’s mind, because if there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.” — Exchange on the July 8, 1995 Inside Washington, after Helms said the government spends too much on AIDS.
■ “I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease....He is an absolutely reprehensible person.” — USA Today columnist and Pacifica Radio talk show host Julianne Malveaux on Justice Clarence Thomas, November 4, 1994 PBS To the Contrary.
No matter his reasons, one thing is clear: Jared Loughner is a completely insane nutbag. And, in all honesty, that is all that should matter. I could care less what his politics are compared to hers. He is crazy. Look at some of his YouTube videos and a link to a story about his home and college life:
He is a nutball who thinks the government controls people via grammar structure, he revels in the idea of conscious dreams and his favorite books include "The Communist Manifesto."
NUTBALL! That's it. End of story, right? WRONG! Because his politics include distrust of the government, the Left and the media are claiming he is a Tea Party Republican. Two points...
One, where is the evidence of this? Have the media forgotten that BOTH the Left and Right have fringes who hate the government? On the Right are militias. On the Left are Anarchists. They BOTH exist. They are BOTH a little nutter. But exam time... When was the last time you caught a person on the Right with a copy of "The Communist Manifesto?" Better yet, when have you heard of someone on the Right naming it one of their favorite books? It doesn't happen. Anarchists? Yep. The fringe Left? Yep. But not on the Right. Still, the rush to blame the right is telling (more to follow).
Two, who cares? Seriously. Who cares what the politics of loons may be? I don't. A crazy person is a crazy person. Why must we always have to dig into the back story? Why must we assign blame to anyone or any part of society when it is the actions of THE IDIOT WHO WENT ON A RAMPAGE?
Ah! That's the real issue behind this tragedy.
The VERY NIGHT of the shooting, the sheriff of Pima County went out of his way to say the shooting was political and lay blame at the feet of "vitriol" in political discourse. He continued by blaming "radio and TV" hosts who fan flames of political anger. Earlier that day, CNN and MSNBC both had guest after guest after guest who blamed the American Right and the Tea Party. CNN actually invited a liberal cartoonist on to bash conservatives and say this was all their fault. FEW took the time to blame the idiot shooting up a Safeway.
Wait a minute! The last time I checked, I have control over my actions. No one one the Left or Right will influence me in a manner to kill or maim. That is pure idiocy. Even if I were a complete shell of a human who was on the verge of snapping, there is no way this is true. It's any easy way to place blame. But that's all it is. A way to blame people we do not agree with.
How about this? We agree to blame the idiot who committed a crime and leave it at that? But, again, no. The Left and the media want blood. They are hopping mad that the Right is on to them. And they are going to use this tragedy to "target" the American Right.
Look at what has already happened. Within minutes of the shooting, the Left began passing around the link to Sarah Palin's "target" list from the 2010 election that crosshaired Democratic Congressmen and women who voted for ObamaCare but whose districts voted for McCain on 2008.
THAT MUST BE A COMMAND TO KILL!
But why is the Left not trotting out their own commands to kill?
This is an image from the Lefty website, DailyKos, and the DNC:
Hmm... Look at that. Bullseye targets on Congressional districts. Using the Left's own strategies, I guess Markos Moulitsas is guilty of incitement. But that is just stupid. But didn't Palin use that targeting list over and over again. Yep. And so did Moulitsas and the DNC:
Link to Bulleye info
More Targeting Info
But wait! Doesn't the Tea Party and those mean, mean, mean people at Fox and the conservative radio stations want the Left to literally die? Nope. I've never heard of that. You hear that all the time from the Left:
NPR host wants conservative Senator's grandchildren to get AIDS and die
Just Google any MSNBC host and death to (fill in the blank)
But are there not some fringe Right sites that call for violence? Yep. And those sited are for loons. The same thing is true on the Left. They Left has just as many fringe sites that call for violence as well. But, oddly, there is this DailyKos page that was scrubbed over the weekend:
MY CONGRESSWOMAN IS DEAD TO ME (links to site with cache and commentary of the deleted DailyKos page)
The problem is this: The Left and Right have nutballs. They do exist. And when they act like fools or kill people we should all call it like it is: A tragedy committed by a NUTBAG IDIOT.
But that is not enough this time. The Left and the media are, like I said earlier, out for blood.
The sheriff wonders if free speech is a good thing.
The Brits are already laying blame at the American Right.
The American Left already proposes curbing free speech by Congressional action.
Hillary Clinton calls him a political "extremist."
It's a coordinated, vicious attack on the Right. A loon goes nuts (likely a loon with Leftist tendencies) and the world stops spinning. Seriously? I think people should be allowed to yell and scream anything (except REAL threats) at Congress and the President. Heck, under Bush people could without repercussion. Years of Code Pink vitriol. Even a movie about Bush's "assassination." But no one said the Left was out of control. No one thought there needed to be legislation against speech that is not agreeable.
And the media? The media is the worst offender. This morning every major channel has lead with people speculating as to the NUTBAG's desires and political interest. Not people that knew him, mind you, people speculating.
Remember when that woman went NUTTERS and shot three at the University of Alabama? Everyone urged caution when her background revealed she was "obsessed" with Barack Obama and "took to heart" when he said "...If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."
Remember when a NUTTER went crazy and killed 13 at Fort Hood? The media "urged caution" when reports of a Muslim man yelling "Allah Akbar" was the shooter, instead focusing for more than an hour or two that there was "a likelihood" the reports of a Muslim involved were "overstated, exaggerated or worse" and the shooting was "more likely" a crazed member of the Army. (In fact, it was a NUTTY Muslim angry with the US.)
Remember when a NUTTER tried to set off a bomb in Times Square? New York's Mayor Bloomberg speculated the Right tried to commit the act because of their desire to defeat Obamacare even though it was a crazy wanna be terrorist.
Remember when a NUTTER took over the Discovery Channel HQ? Remember the NUTTER Pentagon shooter? Remember the NUTTER who flew his plane into an IRS building in Austin? All these people turned out to be Leftists, but their acts were speculated by the media to be the acts of the Right.
It is interesting the Left and the media are doing the same thing. Democrats are jumping at every chance to get on TV to say "we need to turn down the rhetoric." As if these people are innocent! Both sides straddle the line of talk and action. But THAT'S THE WAY IT NEEDS TO BE.
It is only NUTTERS that cross that line. The Left, as shown above, have plenty. The Right does as well. But instead of scoring political points, why can't the sides come together and grieve for our losses and pray for the victims? Instead of rushing to lay blame and cap free speech because of the acts of a NUTBALL, why can't we come together and see that 1 idiot did something wrong while 310 MILLION did not?
I find it despicable this is not happening. Let's remember those who are gone and stop this mindless speculation and blame game. It is not fair to the Right, the Left , this country nor the victims.
Christina Taylor Green
Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman
10. The Middle/Modern Family (ABC)
9. Raising Hope (FOX)
8. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
7. Futurama (Comedy Central)
6. Justified (FX)
5. Dexter (Showtime)
4. Friday Night Lights (NBC)
3. Community (NBC)
2. Breaking Bad (AMC)
1. Fringe (FOX)
When bureaucrats talk about increasing your “access” to X, Y, or Z, what they’re really talking about is increasing their control over your lives exponentially. As it is with the government health care takeover, so it is with the newly-approved government plan to “increase” Internet “access.” Call it Webcare.
By a vote of 3-2, the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday adopted a controversial scheme to ensure “net neutrality” by turning unaccountable Democrat appointees into meddling online traffic cops. The panel will devise convoluted rules governing Internet service providers, bandwidth use, content, prices, and even disclosure details on Internet speeds. The “neutrality” is brazenly undermined by preferential treatment toward wireless broadband networks. Moreover, the FCC’s scheme is widely opposed by Congress – and has already been rejected once in the courts. Demonized industry critics have warned that the regulations will stifle innovation and result in less access, not more.
The parallels with health care are striking. The architects of Obamacare promised to provide Americans more access to health insurance – and cast their agenda as a fundamental universal entitlement. In fact, it was a pretext for creating a gargantuan federal bureaucracy with the power to tax, redistribute, and regulate
the private health insurance market to death – and replace it with a centrally-planned government system overseen by politically-driven code enforcers dictating everything from annual coverage limits, to administrative expenditures, to the make-up of the medical workforce. The costly, onerous, and selectively-applied law has resulted in less access, not more.
Undaunted promoters of Obama FCC chairman Julius Genachowski’s “open Internet” plan to expand regulatory authority over the Internet have couched their online power grab in the rhetoric of civil rights. On Monday, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps proclaimed: “Universal access to broadband needs to be seen as a civil right…[though] not many people have talked about it that way.” Opposing the government Internet takeover blueprint, in other words, is tantamount to supporting segregation. Cunning propaganda, that.
“Broadband is becoming a basic necessity,” civil rights activist Benjamin Hooks added. And earlier this month, fellow FCC panelist Mignon Clyburn, daughter of Congressional Black Caucus leader and Number Three House Democrat James Clyburn of South Carolina, declared that free (read: taxpayer-subsidized) access to the Internet is not only a civil right for every “nappy-headed child” in America, but essential to their self-esteem. Every minority child, she said, “deserves to be not only connected, but to be proud of who he or she is.”
Calling them “nappy-headed” is a rather questionable way of boosting their pride, but never mind that.
Face it: A high-speed connection is no more an essential civil right than 3G cell phone service or a Netflix account. Increasing competition and restoring academic excellence in abysmal public schools is far more of an imperative to minority children than handing them iPads. Once again, Democrats are using children as human shields who provide useful cover for not-so-noble political goals.
The “net neutrality” mob – funded by billionaire George Soros and other left-wing think tanks and non-profits — has openly advertised its radical, speech-squelching agenda to crusade for “media justice.” Social justice is the redistribution of wealth and economic “rights.” Media justice is the redistribution of speech and First Amendment rights. The meetings of the universal broadband set are littered with Marxist-tinged rants about “disenfranchisement” and “empowerment.” They’ve targeted conservative opponents on talk radio, cable TV, and on the web as purveyors of “hate” who need to be managed or censored. Democrat FCC panelists’ have dutifully echoed their concerns about concentration of corporate media power. As the Ford Foundation-funded Media Justice Fund, which lobbied for universal broadband, put it: This is a movement “grounded in the belief that social and economic justice will not be realized without the equitable redistribution and control of media and communication technologies.”
For progressives who cloak their ambitions in the mantle of “fairness,” it’s all about control. It’s always about control.
10. Black Swan --- Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis star in Darren Aronofsky's "thriller"/psychological caper about rival dancers. More than a ballet movie, thankfully.
9. The Fighter --- Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg star as half-brothers in this drama from David O. Russell. More than a boxing movie, thankfully.
8. The King's Speech --- Colin Firth stars as King George VI who seeks the council of a speech therapist, played by Geoffrey Rush. More than a stuttering film, thankfully.
7. Easy A --- Emma Stone knocks it out of the park as a teen who lets a little lie turn into a high school nightmare. More than a sex comedy, thankfully.
6. Never Let Me Go --- A British drama based on the novel of the same name about the inhabitants and secrets of a "special" school. More than a period piece, thankfully.
5. Four Lions --- An insightful and funny look at terrorism. Yes, I just wrote that. More than bomb and jihad jokes, thankfully.
4. Winter's Bone --- A drama set in the Ozarks about a teen girl responsible for her impoverished family and felonious father. More than depressing scenery, thankfully.
3. Inception --- An all-star cast, including the awesome Tom Hardy, star in Christopher Nolan's dream within a dream within a dream. More than a dream, thankfully.
2. The Kids Are All Right --- A surprisingly deft flick starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as same-sex parents whose teens want to meet their biological father. More than lesbian jokes, thankfully.
1. The Social Network --- After some serious back and forth, I have decided that the critics have nailed it: The Social Network, starring Jessee Eisenberg, about the founding days of Facebook is, in fact, the best film of 2010. With the sharp writing of Aaron Sorkin and the perfect direction of David Fincher, this film stands out from the crowd. More than just a self-centered billionaire, thankfully.
He leadeth me beside the still factories.
He restoreth my faith in conservative policies.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his party's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread line,
I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with me.
He has anointed my income with taxes,
My expenses runneth over.
Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will live in a mortgaged home forever.