Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Skip a Few Burgers for the Planet

If you don't care about your health, think of the planet's.

(C)onvincing people to go vegan or vegetarian may be less doable than getting them to cut down on the worst offenders. And that would be the burgers.

It's a start anyway. I'd like to be a vegan. I try and sometimes come close. Closer to vegetarian. It's worth the effort. And yes, this blog has become a bookmark list for me. Thanks Reppy. Hope you don't mind.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Why Rick Scott Should Be Sentenced to a GEO Group Prison

That's all. And this:

And RIP to James Garner. Had no idea of how much work he left behind, much of which I've seen. I was happy to hear that "The Americanization of Emily" was one of his faves. It was one of the best movies ever.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Great! But Where Was the Use of Less for Fewer?

It may have been in here and I just missed it. There are many on the internet who make use of some of the examples in this video. Moi, aussi. Weird Al, making schooling fun:

Those on the Right are more apt to enjoy this one, though.

And since that was all courtesy of the folks at Salon, might as well rip 'em off for another great post.

In 2012, I shunned my self-destructive voting habits and supported Obama. I only wished there were a major party more liberal than the Democrats for whom I could vote.

Sing it, Brother! Now, I know you want to go and read the whole post from a former supporter of the Republican Party had a Paul on the road to Damascus experience and left the party of the insane. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Why Does This Guy Still Have a Job?

What am I saying? William Kristol, Dick Cheney, Charles Krauthammer and many more always-wrong people are still on TV, too. Failure to see reality is not a problem in America if you're Right.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I Get Published (Again)

I used to get irritated about having wingnuts with my morning tea and toast. Then, I realized it's nice to have something to riff off of. I have sympathy for the writer. He's an older citizen as I've gleaned from some of his other letters. I'm sure he is being brainwashed by the Right Wing Propaganda Machine. I do what I can to help, though. So, here is the letter which may well have caused an Earl Grey spit-take.

I agree with Mr. Obama when he states the GOP-led House is doing nothing. Well, that is great. They are, in reality, doing us a great favor, rather than wasting and throwing away our hard-earned tax money as Obama and his family are doing. Obama and his administration are destroying this country.

The Republicans, on the other hand, know what they are doing in support of the USA and “We the People.” Hooray for the GOP. Keep it up until that character gets out of office. As long as he is in office, we are on the road to bankruptcy.

P.S. Be smart and vote for Elise Stefanik in November. We need young people like her in Congress.

And my response:

I see in Sunday’s Post-Star there was an “Obama is destroying our country” letter. It was ironic that on the front page that day was an article, “What keeps the U.S. on top?” Included in the piece was the fact that June was the fifth month in a row of “200,000 plus job gains” for the first such stretch in 15 years (from the Clinton years by my count). Also, that “the U.S. economy is expected to grow at a healthy 3 percent pace the rest of the year.” No good news for Obama haters.

Even though a Democrat and liberal, I’m still quite happy to see the stock markets do well. My investments are dear to me, and I’m more than satisfied with the 145 percent increase that has taken place in the S&P since Obama took office. I like to contrast that with the 37 percent drop that occurred in that same market during the former administration when I go to vote. Was Elise Stefanik involved in economic policy in any way with her work there?

I believe I’ll ignore the letter writer’s advice and support Aaron Woolf. The Republican wrecking crew in Congress seems to be well staffed already. Don’t believe they need additional members to hold meaningless votes to repeal the ACA or investigate Benghazi for the umpteenth time.

And a note to Al Scoonzarielli: please never stop writing to the editor!

Al is someone whom I've adopted as my role model in editor-letter writing. Been smiling all day because he had one today that ran right before mine.

Congrats to Mr. Tingley on his recent award, thanks to the charming Mrs. Merrill for her kind comments, and thanks to Mr. Vanderwarker for taking it easy on me while correcting me for mislabeling Condi Rice as defense secretary. Many folks, me probably, wouldn’t necessarily have been so gentlemanly.

This, however, opens a door. Ms. Rice was never even questioned about being warned about bin Laden in August of 2001 and doing nothing. Hillary Clinton seems to be being held to a different standard, as it would seem anyone connected to Barack Obama is. Why do you suppose this is? Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and others were reviled but not like this. What is it about Obama that seems to bring forth such a forceful, negative reaction from so many way before he even got elected? Can anyone think of one thing that might differentiate this guy from our other presidents? Hmmm? Anything come to mind?

And John Siebrecht, try reading the paper before assuming you know what’s in it. You decided that the “liberal” Post-Star only reviewed George Clooney’s movie, him being a liberal darling, while ignoring Mark Wahlberg’s latest. Your reasoning was that the libs love Clooney but Marky Mark’s movie — his name back in his rapper/underwear model day — “Lone Survivor,” concerned terrorism, a decidedly more patriotic theme than anything Clooney could possibly offer so, of course, the “liberal press” declined coverage. Had John read the review of Clooney’s “Monuments Men,” he’d’ve seen that it was about a group of heroic men who thwarted a Nazi scheme, always a patriotic endeavor, and they didn’t give the movie a great review. And a few pages in was the review of “Lone Survivor” with Hollywood darling Marky Mark, and they loved it.

I'm still working on becoming as polite and as gentlemanly (even if he denies it) as Al is. Much as I like throwing a blog post up here now and then, it doesn't get quite the eyeballs that the Post Star does. It's not the NY Times, but it does have a circulation of around 35,000. And it's not the preaching to the converted that posting and commenting online is.

It's also quite likely that no one from my district in NY is going to come here and then go out and vote for Aaron Woolf based on my pearls of wisdom. Maybe my gentle ribbing of Elise Stefanik in the local paper will have some effect, though.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Good News, New Yorkers

No, Andrew Cuomo has not steeped aside to make room for Zephyr Teachout on the ballot. But, your chances of being the victim of gun violence is lower than if you lived some God-fearing, Red State Hellhole.

(B)lue states are far safer than red states, according new analyses of the most recent data. That’s because states with the most gun controls, which are almost all blue, tend to have fewer gun owners and fewer guns used in suicides, crime and domestic disputes.


“The five states with the highest per capita gun death rates in 2011 were Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana,”... The state with the lowest gun death rate in the nation was Rhode Island, followed by Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey.

And the bad news.

Put another way, Australia, founded by exiled British criminals, had 1/12th the level of gun violence of the U.S. The U.K had 1/45th the level of American gun violence.

So as to not leave on a down note, consider that your fellow Americans in Red States are dying at a faster rate than those of us not pursuing our 2nd amendment rights to the hilt. It's good that they don't believe in Darwinism.

Yes, I realize hilts are on swords, not guns. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

England Has Red States, Too


The number of people who receive more in benefits and public services than they pay in tax is at record levels, official figures show.

More than half of households now take more from the public purse than they contribute, thanks to a generation of surging Government expenditure. 

Which raises (not begs) the question, are these people who are getting more than they are giving going around in 18th century garb pissing and moaning about the government? Probably not. They have more experience than we do with Socialism or Communism or Muslimism or whateverism Obama is now.

Hat tip to you, Sweetie Pie.

And Now For Something Completely Different: Why don't we get pols like this in New York?

KFOR in Oklahoma reports that Timothy Ray Murray believes Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), his opponent in the congressional Republican primary, was executed three years ago and is being represented by a look-alike. Because he believes Lucas is really dead, Murray said he will challenge the results of Tuesday's Republican primary, in which Murray received 5.2 percent of the vote. Lucas won the primary with 82.8 percent of the vote.

I guess if your primary opponent gets 83% of the vote you have to take desperate measures. I wish Murray all the luck in this.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Out Of Context

He could have said it was Hannitized.

Hillary Clinton would "probably get shot" if she entered the state as a presidential candidate.

Not really sure how you put something like that into a context where it would not come off as assholish. 

"It certainly was not meant in a threatening or hostile way at all. It was just a comment. Perhaps I used the wrong word."

Oh, that explains it. It's lucky Johnny (?) Rhoda isn't a district party chair or anything. He is? Please keep these crazies below the Mason-Dixon. He could always join Blackwater to get his fill of killing innocent people. Allegedly.

One of the guards is accused of first-degree murder, while the others face charges of voluntary manslaughter. They deny all charges.

Prosecutors say the Blackwater guards harboured deep hostility toward Iraqis and boasted of indiscriminate firing of their weapons.