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hope, redux redux

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Nothing to do with the politics or policies in this headline… but… this is getting to me.

The misuse of the word “Hope”.

Promises of Hope Tarnished by Lack of Change.

I first noticed this with John Edwards, who offered in 2004 that “Hope is on the Way!”  Impossible.  As it is an implied future for the present.

There is no promise of “hope”… there is “Hope”, perhaps, which itself is “promise” of the future.

Then again I didn’t much like Obama’s 2008 campaign, which garners some admission from someone I know recently “He was just better than the other guy”.  Indeed.  So I thought at the time.

back when some party could win 49 states…

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

This is interesting.  Donate to the Republican Party, and get yourself … a Reagan / Bush ’84 shirt.

To go alongside the “Oliver North for President” t-shirt I once saw, sort of akin to an “Alfred E Neuman” shirt or … you know… all the permetations of satire that come with the Obama “Hope” shirt (etc).

Or this vintage t-shirt, which… didn’t exist the first time.

Sure.  Reagan / Bush 1984.  Why not?  Whatever!

on the current immigration issue

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Without saying a thing about what ought be done about the specter of unaccompanied children traveling illegally across the Mexican / American border, or even if this is in the end a smart part of a strategy…

there is something absurd in Obama requesting funding for an ad campaign telling parents not to send their children across the border like that…

because, you know… it’s not exactly a thing that’d be an optimum choice for them, and even if an ad campaign telling them not to do so is in some way effective… it’s not exactly a message that comes out well… and seems like a dark comedy.

the red shirt phenomonem, revisited

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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So…

(1) If you’re wearing a Red shirt on the Starship Enterprise, you’re okay… all the engineers have red shirts.

(2) Unless, you’re beamed down to the planet, at which point all the alien creatures in the known universe are like bulls chasing after the red flags.  Sensory triggers work the same the universe over.

(3) Unless one of the aliens down there is a female love interest for Kirk, for reasons that need some scientific explanation.

Is that it?

Jesse Ventura rolling into the news

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

And … interesting question

I’m confused. Why should I care about Jesse Ventura?

But not a very good answer.  Or maybe an answer which leads one item to the “not valid” claim in Jesse Ventura’s defamation lawsuit?

He is also reportedly thinking about running for president in 2016 — and choosing Howard Stern as his running mate.

Maybe you care about that.  Hell… I care about figures such as Jim Rogers in Oklahoma and Gordon Allen Pross in Washington, so I can’t besmirch you.  But it is an odd “so what?” about Jesse Ventura.

He now hosts a show on Ora, where he “offers his electrifying insight into the nation’s most pressing problems. No suits, no censors, no red tape. Just Jesse Ventura as we like him: bold, brazen, and bare-knuckled.”

Interesting because the lawsuit is against a man who alleged to have gotten into a barfight.  The thing is it seems Jesse Ventura has a point…

Kyle said that, when Ventura told him that the SEALs deserved to “lose a few guys,” he punched him, and Ventura “went down.” After he [Kyle] repeated the story, on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Ventura—who denies disparaging seals, and claims that no altercation occurred—filed defamation charges.

… but I also have to wonder if the point is lost in a half chance that Ventura’s real problem isn’t the old “Americans deserve to die” canard as the idea that this man claims he punched him out cold.  The story looks phony as a Pro Wrestling bit, of course, and full of a false patriotic “whoop”ing.  So I don’t know what Ventura wins or loses from it’s existence.

yes. But can he sneak in another win?

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Ah, the Life of a perennial “hobby” candidate.

The signs Rogers holds are white poster board scrawled with various political messages written in black permanent marker. Emblazoned in white letters on his bright red sweater, its shoulders beaten by the sun, are the words “Oklahoma Jim Rogers U.S. Senate 2004.”
“I get up at 4 o’clock in the morning and on the street by 5 o’clock, and I campaign at restaurant centers and on the corner and wherever I can find a crowd gathering or leaving,” Rogers said. “I stay with it all day.”

Jim Rogers US Senate 2004?

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The occasional passing car will honk, and rarely, someone walking past will stop and talk for a moment before moving on, said Mark, a taxi driver who asked that his last name not be used. He drives the yellow taxi that takes Rogers from corner to corner to campaign, as he puts it.

Mark said Rogers pays him about $30 an hour to wait in his car as he waves to what he hopes will be his future constituents.

Someone’s making money off his campaign.  Once in office, he will be beholden to that taxi driver.

 

 

round balls

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The one thing about Lebron James is … once again he has done as good enough job as any of exposing the absurdity of professional sports.

Skip back to this one… oh, time 2:50 … “let the world know the Heat are back, and then… hm… 3:30 … “win champions” “not one” etc onto “not seven“.

At the time of the Great schadenfreude after the Heat lost to the Mavericks in the finals, my thought was… “yeah, wait a year”, and quietly putting the number of titles the Lebron James lead Heat would win at … two.  Which is what ended up happening.  The most amusing item out of the whole debacle came … The Stupidity.

John Kasich, Governor of the state of Ohio, took the unusual step of honoring a team with no geographical ties to his jurisdiction. On Monday, one day after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, Kasich’s office released a press release noting that the governor had issued a resolution that declared that the Mavericks, their friends, family and fans are now officially “Honorary Ohioans.”

And Lebron James’s rejoinder at Cleveland Cavaliers fans celebrating the Heat’s defeat… as I recall … on getting back to the real world and their lives and all those problems with their lives… oh, in other words: “I’m rich; you’re not.”  He has a point, if we skip it over to “I’m playing; you’re watching”.

Skipping ahead to the second Finals defeat, and the … surreality of Game one where… the air conditioning in San Antonio went on the fritz, the heat proved unbearable, and Lebron James sat down at the end of the game as the Spurs exploded for a huge run against the Lebron James less game.  All very ironic given that James plays for a team called the “Heat” who had a motto emblazoned on t-shirts declaring “White Hot Heat”.  (As someone said, “You would never see Jordan do that!”)

Now we see Lebron James… er… returning to Cleveland, after stating he was permanently enthrall to Miami and committed to winning eight championships… and … reaction from politicos in Florida.

Skip on to Ohio, and… this is Kasich‘s terse response.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for his Republican opponent, Gov. John Kasich, saw economic benefits in James’ decision, too.  “It’s been a week of great news for Cleveland, and it is, of course, great to see Ohio create yet another job,” Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said.

Now James is talking up his love of Ohio, and… yes, it’s entertainment, folks.  You tell the crowd in front of you they’re the Greatest, even if you told a crowd in a different city that they’re the greatest and not — oh boy that crowd in that other city.

spam comment of the day

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Wake up politics is just an illusion for the sheeple.The New World Order is in Endgame. I guarantee you that the next president will be the one with the most royal blood in the bloodline.

Yeah, this is designed to be looked over when deleting most everything en masse.  Shoulda gone the reptilian route, though.