Category Archives: WTF?!

Hey, sober realists — get over yourselves

Today, Ruth Marcus joins the chorus of those who feel honor-bound to throw cold water in the faces of Sanders supporters. The steady message is we are stupid, foolish idealists, unrealistic, and blind to recent history. The message is it is wrong to believe you can change a system you find increasingly intolerable. The message is it is foolish to think that if millions of people work together they can make any changes. The message is give up, shut up, and put up with the status quo because that’s the best you can hope for. Wanting anything else means losing everything.

I find these pundits, these adults, these oh-so-smart people increasingly unbearable. I’ll give Marcus the benefit of the doubt that just because she’s paid by big media and lives among the rich and powerful doesn’t mean she can’t have my best interests at heart.

I’m tired of corrupt capitalism run amok. I have little faith in the sacred market and less in the status quo and its advocates. I’m tired of seeing and hearing that democracy is meaningless, sold to the highest bidder. I’m tired of a system that lets the richest people and corporations do and have anything but tells the rest of us to sit down and be quiet.

I’m sick to death of this crap. I’m going to wipe the cold water from my face and vote the way I want to for the change I want. I hope millions of other people will do the same. Change will come.

Rage against the machine – again and again

Wow. That was absolutely un-fucking unacceptable. I sat down to journal 45 goddamn minutes ago and NOW I’m just able to start. Scream of rage at Microsoft, at Windows 10, at Dell. RAGE.

Deep breath. The day had started fine.

Cuppa coffee in hand, I sat in front of the big screen tv as I do every morning. A few things on the computer were still stuck from last night. Couldn’t see any notifications. Couldn’t access the Start menu. No biggie, I’m used to restarting at least once every goddamn day — at least once. So, I restarted and an update installed. This must be the tweak to the latest build I’d read about. Before long, the first error message. Eventually, the system ran restore on its own, but failed. I ran System Restore manually to roll back 24 hours. It said it failed, but eventually, I got in and it said it succeeded in restoring. Click on OneNote. “App cannot run. Contact Administrator.” FUCK YOU, Microsoft. Who the hell do you think the goddamn administrator is? So, restore did fail, at least in part. Restart. No better. OK, go to the Store and reinstall OneNote. Nope, Store won’t load. In fact, I gather by an overlay that all Store apps are fucked up. Nice.

I’ve been a rat in computer maze for over 30 years. I’ve run into countless dead-ends before. There’s always a way around. I install OneNote 2013, the free desktop app. It’s overkill for my purposes, but the simpler app won’t load. I wait while 2013 installs. Wait to load notebooks. Wait. Now, an hour after I began, I’m sorta caught up. Of course, I don’t know yet if anything else runs.

Sigh.

If anyone mentions “Apple” or “Macintosh” in the comments, I will drown a kitten.

To Hell with Kim Davis

I think jail is a last resort as punishment for non-violent crimes. In Davis’ case, I would have sentenced her to hours of community service equal to the hours she worked but refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples. Each 8 hour work day would add 8 hours of community service for free, preferably some of it on a suicide hotline, all of it supervised by a probation officer.

Nevertheless, she was sentenced to jail for contempt of court. Days later, she was released without comment, as far as I know. We can be certain she is as full of contempt as ever, so what’s the plan? Let her hide in her office every day with the shades drawn?

Davis’ contempt is so great she has said that licenses issued by anyone but her are invalid – that was mean-spirited of her. I’ve heard only anemic contradiction of that. If I were part of a same-sex couple in Davis’ county, I’d ask for her to sign the license for full legitimacy. When Davis refuses, call the sheriff and add more public service hours.

We remember the Holocaust without waving Nazi flags

The society that culminated in the Confederate States of Amerika was founded on white people enslaving black people. Over hundreds of years a system grew entrenched around the fundamental right of one person to own another, lesser person. When the rest of the nation could no longer tolerate the intolerable, the CSA waged war in order to preserve the system that enslaved human beings. It comes as no surprise that a society that has murdered and cruelly tortured fellow humans for centuries would be willing to wage war.

Slave owners deserve no memorials. People whose livelihood and comforts were provided for by slaves deserve no celebration. Yes, we should remember the Old South, but as a terrible deviation from human decency.

People who defend the symbols of the CSA as history are at best misguided. The Civil War was not about states’ rights, other than the right to enslave, torture, rape, and murder an entire group of human beings.

We do not need to forget the Civil War. We do not need to blame the descendants of that monstrous society for the unforgiveable sins of their fathers. However, raising the confederate battle flag is the equivalent of tattooing Heil Hitler on your forehead. It marks you as an anti-social idiot, a right you still have.

Ban traps everywhere

What kind of person supports trapping? How can Congress consider EXPANDING this barbaric act instead of outlawing it?

Bill seeks to make trapping a legal hunt | Albuquerque Journal News By Nicole Paquette, Vice President Of Wildlife Protection / Humane Society Of The United States PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:05 am

One of the children recounted what happened next:

“[The younger child] got a closer look at him and started screaming, ‘it’s a trap.’ And there was a snare trap that was tied around his neck that had suffocated them. My other St. Bernard, 10 feet away, we look at him and he’s caught in another trap. And so we both rush over there to try to break the wire free that was tied around his neck, but he was fighting us and was trying to fight to get loose, and the wire just got too tight; and we both, there was nothing we could do … . Later that night, we found Brooklyn, the dog who originally went missing, and we found her in a trap as well.”

Sadly Brooklyn, Jax and Barkley’s story is far from unique. Every year, trappers kill at least six million target animals and millions more non-target animals, including family pets, and threatened and endangered species. By including trapping in its definition of hunting, the Sportsmen’s Act would dramatically expand this cruel practice. Whether it’s a steel-jawed leghold trap, a Conibear trap or a cable snare, these traps are simply inhumane.

Bill seeks to make trapping a legal hunt | Albuquerque Journal News

The Game Commission must go – fire every one of them

This is the second time in a week that the Albuquerque Journal has opposed Game Commission actions. (Previously, it was the approval of mountain lion traps that any decent human being would oppose.)

This is the same Game Commission whose head participated in the slaughter of a cornered mountain lion by a disgustingly privileged Texas attorney for a wheel barrel full of cash. These spoiled frat boys need to go. Fire them. Chase them down the street with sticks. Find someone with heart and sense to serve on the commission.

Editorial: Game board unfairly takes aim at gray wolf protector | Albuquerque Journal News

Unlike the Bill Richardson administration, which supported the program, Gov. Susana Martinez has not been friendly to it – even though it has been popular with many New Mexicans. A 2008 survey by Research & Polling found 69 percent either strongly supported or somewhat supported the program. In 2011, the governor-appointed Game Commission suspended state participation.

Editorial: Game board unfairly takes aim at gray wolf protector | Albuquerque Journal News

This asshat makes $174,000 (public money)

If this braying ass can’t afford filet mignon, there are 1000 lobbyists ready to send him a case. What a tool!

The rush to humiliate the poor – The Washington Post By Dana Milbank Opinion writer April 7 at 6:12 PM

Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law.

Brattin has introduced House Bill 813, making it illegal for food-stamp recipients to use their benefits “to purchase cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood, or steak.”

“I have seen people purchasing filet mignons and crab legs” with electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, the legislator explained, according to The Post’s Roberto A. Ferdman. “When I can’t afford it on my pay, I don’t want people on the taxpayer’s dime to afford those kinds of foods either.

Never mind that few can afford filet mignon on a less-than-$7/day food-stamp allotment; they’re more likely to be buying chuck steak or canned tuna. This is less about public policy than about demeaning public-benefit recipients.

The rush to humiliate the poor – The Washington Post