Friday, May 30, 2014

The VA Scandal - More Political Circus

If you think Erik Shinseki actually knew anything about those long wait times in VA hospitals, I have a bridge I want to sell you. Shinseki's job was not to manage each VA hospital's case load, but to deal with the massive bureaucracy the VA is.

In this day and age of partisan politics--where the automatic, knee jerk rejection of one side of the other side's proposals is intended to distract us from the real issues--it's easy to accuse the current administration for hating on the veterans. But our government has been  baiting and switching our veterans since the earliest days of the union.

The Feds tried to shaft the revolutionary war veterans who took members of Congress hostage.

10,000 WWI veterans marched on Washington in 1932, during the height of the great Depression to demand the war bonuses they were promised, but Congress eliminated.

They screwed over Vietnam Veterans after telling them Agent Orange was safe. And Reagan signed the first You-Can't-Sue-Mosanto law.

Guess who are next on the list: that's right! The veterans of our current War on Terror (and Pay No Mind to that Man Behind the Curtain)!

Check out John Daley's rundown of American's maltreatment of her veterans. "America has had, for over 200 years, a great bipartisan tradition of honoring those who have fought for our freedom by fucking them over once they give their guns back."

Remember, that earlier this month, Congress tried to extend Veteran benefits, but found lackluster Republican support. NOW the Republicans are pissed about how they are treating our veterans.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Rise of the Christian Sharia - Welcome to Jesusistan

I am constantly amazed how the religious right is opposed to the establishment of Sharia in the United States, but have no fucking problem with a Christian Sharia. The idea is, don't force your religion on me, but you can't expect me not to force my religion on you. 'Cuz I love Jesus. And Jesus is right.

Female students at Wasatch High School in Utah had their yearbook photos edited to conform to the Mormon modesty rules.

All they Modesty Police have left to do is cover up that intoxicating chest, that adorable neck, and those lovely lips.  And I find her hair hot!  And that nose! I am aroused!

She should cover everything but her eyes. Well, they are pretty awesome, too.  She should be wearing a full burqa.

Here's the deal, if you don't want bare shoulders in the yearbook, ban them in your school.  Oh! You can't do that? Why not?


Sunday, May 04, 2014

I Knew it! Girls are Smarter than Boys!

I don't remember too clearly my graduation. No, I didn't go to a kegger afterwards. I was the first of my generation on my Dad's side to graduate from high school, so I had grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins to keep me on the straight and narrow. But I don't remember the precise ratio between males and females in the honors students. I think there were more girls than guys, but don't quote me on that. I do know that for four years I was in high school and was aware of it, the valedictorian and salutatorian were almost always female.

Turns out, there's a reason for that. A new study shows that not only do females to better in school than males, but they've been outscoring us for almost 100 years! At least in the early grades. The disparity between the scores is at its greatest in junior high, and narrows during high school and college.

So why don't more girls go into math and science?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Game is Rigged and You Don't Realize It

I recently read an interview with Mark Cuban, and he was asked if he had it to do all over again, would he do it. He said he wouldn't because of all the regulations and laws that he would have to comply with today that he didn't have to when he started out. I wish I could find that article!

Here's some other news. AirBnB is a site where you can rent a room (or a couch), or a house while travelling at reasonable prices. Naturally, the hospitality industry is reacting badly. How dare individuals take money from large corporations (aka job creators)?

Yes. I know. The article says it's New York city is fighting this, but make no mistake: the hospitality industry is behind this.  They lose money when you book through AirBnB.

Other multinational corporations are trying to restrict what their small competitors can do. In Florida, ABInBev opposed a proposal that would allow Florida craft brewers to sell 64 oz growlers. They proposed a counter bill. Breweries that wanted to sell to customers on tours would have to sell their beer to distributors, then buy it back so they could sell it to consumers. They can sell quart growlers and gallon growlers under current laws, but they can't sell half gallon growlers. (I'll buy the gallon growlers all day!)

Paul Ryan, who used his late father's Social Security funds to pay for his college, wants to cut Social Security. Why? Probably because you would do the same thing and take his job in Congress.

Net Neutrality is dead. Now the companies that sell you access to the Internet also sell access to the Internet to websites like Netflix and Google. Want to bet that, even though Netflix pays Comcast for streaming, you and I will still have a bandwidth cap for Netflix? Of course we will. The hose they have stuck in our pocket still isn't getting lint. They will charge Netflix more and they will charge us more. That's what our government is promoting: huge profits for big corporations.

What does all this mean?

Money talks and bullshit walks. You and I don't have enough money to stop this. This is the end of Democracy and the beginning of the Oligarchy. We The People have become They The Losers.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Budget Follies

Our Congresscritters often like to make a show of how much waste there is in the Federal budget when slashing funds for hungry children by $5 billion because it's such a large number. Yet they bend over backwards to explain that the $50 billion spent in foreign aid is a pittance.

While they tell us to tighten our belts and pay more in taxes because the rich can't afford to and still create minimum wage jobs for us, the government spent $400,000 on a camel statue outside the US embassy in Islamabad.

Called "Camel Contemplating Needle," a play on the Bible verse Matthew 19:24, "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (This verse is not it the TeaPublican Bible™. Obviously they believe that only the rich can get into heaven.)

This is why we have to stop helping the poor: We need sculptures in front of our Government offices.


Friday, April 04, 2014

The Intersection of Gun Ownership and Crazy

This past Wednesday, Army Specialist Ivan Lopez went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood. Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, he brought his legally obtained fire arm on base after an argument and killed three people wounding 16.

Typically, the Left is talking about more gun laws and the Right is saying that everyone needs to carry guns.

It is illegal to smuggle a gun onto Fort Hood. Lopez brought it on the base anyway. So the Right is saying that is why Gun Free Zones don't work. People will break the law. While there is some truth to the argument, don't forget that the Right is doing everything it can to cut benefits to our soldiers, including those with mental health issues, to line the pockets of large corporations. And of course, the Right is also blaming Obama for those Gun Free zones.

The Left, on the other hand seems to want to make it harder for everyone to get a gun. They say that if Lopez hadn't been able to purchase the gun, those three people would still be alive. Again, they are correct to a point.

Here's what we need to do as a Nation: Don't let people with mental issues get their hands on guns.  Everyone else can buy as many guns as they want. But if they have and mental health problems they should not.

We need to take care of the intersection of gun ownership and crazy, not get rid of gun ownership.

And for crying out loud, why can't men and women who have been trained in firearms carry their weapons on base?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The War on Religious Liberty

Senator Ted Cruz recently spoke of the Threat to Religious Liberty™.

Cruz said, ”As believers, we are called to action; not just sitting quietly and hiding our faith under a bushel but to stand and speak no matter what the consequence.  Religious liberty has never been more under attack.”

Exactly which liberties are being lost, I wonder? How many churches have been closed? How many Bible Burnings? Did I miss the invite to the burning? I got the one for the Quran Burning. But I didn't get the invite to the Bible burning. Has there been a slaughter of Christians in the US? I've been invited to the slaughter of all Muslims, but haven't heard about the Christian one. Has Senator Cruz been prevented to going to church? From praying? Sending his children to religious schools?

Or does he mean that his religious liberty is being  attacked because he wants to impose his religion on others?

Can someone from Senator Cruz' office post his reply in the comments?