It’s been nearly two weeks since the mass shooting in Las Vegas and now only two things are clear:
1) No information on motive will ever be released, and
2) Whatever information they have is too much of a national security risk to go public and the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department would rather be viewed as grossly incompetent.
Whether or not I believe in a conspiracy theory isn’t necessarily a binary yes/no answer from me and the Las Vegas shooting is no different. I actually have four categories – 1) nothing going on, 2) more information is needed, 3) something’s up, and 4) there’s a conspiracy. For the first week or so, I didn’t see a need to believe in any conspiracy theories about the mass shooting until more information came out, but it was in stage 2 of conspiracy theories simply because more information was needed. It smelled odd at the start, but I figured the air would clear fairly quickly.
To my surprise, the past week has pushed it into somewhere between stage 3 “something’s up” territory and stage 4 “it’s a conspiracy” since the FBI and LVMPD are continuously changing their story and Jesus Campos, the guy who was supposedly a Mandalay Bay security guard that first came into contact with Paddock has gone missing right before he was set to do a number of interviews with the media. Instead of Campos, a “maintenance guy” suddenly appeared as another witness that conveniently allowed for either a fourth or fifth official timeline (I can’t keep track) to be released, a timeline that MGM/Mandalay Bay has openly questioned. Add to that the investigation was finally forced to admit yesterday that Paddock checked in to the hotel three days earlier than they previously stated, a fact that Laura Loomer of all people reported TEN DAYS before while simultaneously not allowing her into the press conference where this information was released, and you have something that smells very rotten.
There’s a reason for conspiracy theories to arise and that’s when either a major news event occurs and people simply want to capitalize on it (9/11 was an inside job, moon landing faked, etc.) or when there’s an information vacuum surrounding an event. With the Las Vegas mass shooting, there’s both and given that journalists stopped practicing journalism long ago, there’s very little hope of more information coming out. The Las Vegas mass shooting will be discussed for years, even decades to come in conspiracy theory circles and justifiably so. The LVMPD getting upset that people want some fucking straight answers is disingenuous at best given that Las Vegas probably has among the highest amount of security features in the world and the feds know better than I do the porn clips I looked at last night. Fuck you, give us some answers.
I have to admit, watching ESPN burn to the ground this year has been far more entertaining than any sports game I’ve seen. It’s not that I want to take pleasure in ESPN’s downfall, I don’t, but I do feel a small amount of schadenfreude given that ESPN could have stuck to, you know, sports and not injected far-left politics into everything and that NFL players and owners, which have close ties to ESPN, could have stuck to, you know, football and not protested the anthem and not taken the bait from Trump to protest it even more.
So, ESPN is certainly entertaining, just not in the way it intended. It’s pretty tough to keep count of all the protests, but Clay Travis seems to be doing a good job. Al Sharpton and gang’s protest of ESPN after Jemele Hill got suspended for two weeks by ESPN – because she told people to protest ESPN’s advertisers– makes his protest a protest of the protest of the protest of the protest of the protest. If someone protests that, it will be a protest of a protest of a protest of a protest of a protest of a protest.
Personally, beyond the NFL being dead to me, I have a rule that protests have to be at least ten layers deep before I formally decide to join and protest…whatever it is at the time. But you can be assured that the outrage will be strong from me and that I will knit some sort of hat for myself to show just how outraged I am as I march for whatever it is.
More important than documenting the amount of protests, ESPN has now pissed off the left, which was inevitable, in addition to already having pissed off the right and center of the political spectrum. Given this, ESPN now rivals Blackberry in speed of going from hot to not, as Blackberry killed itself via stupid decisions in the last half of 2011 and was virtually dead by the end of 2012. At the beginning of the year, ESPN was a company with a few problems, now it’s a dumpster fire that has burned out the dumpster and spread out of control beyond the dumpster. After ESPN continues to burn, it will live on, much like Blackberry still does, but it will be a ghost of its former self, just like Blackberry.
I will be curious to see what Disney ultimately does with ESPN. I figure they may transition off a live sports streaming app for a loss a year from now, or maybe dump it altogether towards later 2018 or early 2019 and let someone else deal with it. Bob Iger’s obvious upcoming 2020 presidential run will be a factor in the fate of ESPN, as the public view of ESPN may overall become too negative for it to be a Disney brand at the time of his run starting in later 2019 even though he will have stepped down and won’t formally be a part of Disney by that time.
Democrats can now sleep at night knowing there will be someone with a (D) next to their name in the White House come 2021.
Back in the summer of 2015, I began reading Breitbart News daily because they were one of the very few outlets left at that time with a comments section. By reading the average Breitbart reader’s comments, I knew with 100% certainty by October, 2015 that Trump would be the Republican nominee. This was at a time when nobody in the mainstream media, nobody on the left and nobody who was pro-Kascih, pro-Cruz, or pro-Rubio, or pro-Bush (“Jeb!” -LOL) believed Trump even stood a chance of being the nominee. What I wasn’t sure on, was whether or not he would beat Clinton in the Presidential race.
When Trump was elected, I felt strongly that he would be a one-term president, as I believed the Democrats would get their shit together and actually nominate a stronger candidate than Hillary Clinton in 2020. Those feelings then quickly turned the other way when Democrats completely lost their shit for months after the election while going so far left that it energized Trump’s core base even more.
The events of the past month and a half or so now strongly indicate he will indeed be a one-term president.
In fact, I guarantee it.
The first red flag that Trump may cross the aisle and start working with the Democrats came when Congress failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. At the time, people like me stated that Republicans now own Obamacare given that Republican voters have requested it be repealed for seven years now, there’s Republican majorities in Congress, and a President who wants it repealed, yet they still refused to repeal it. In fact, I actually now think of it as Republicancare.
Then he went and actually started working with Schumer and Pelosi on a spending and debt deal, basically saying “Fuck You” to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, no doubt due to their repeated failures with repealing Obamacare and a general complete inability to get anything done.
Then he went and struck a deal with Schumer and Pelosi regarding DACA and the wall, or lack thereof. Regardless of whether or not the deal is legitimate (there is nothing passed…yet) or whether or not it’s just Schumer, Pelosi, and the mainstream media playing games with misinformation, this has enraged Trump’s core supporters.
Working with the opposition party is a big no-no in our hyperpartisan society now and I could tell that day on twitter alone that Trump has now lost his core supporters. I don’t read Breitbart nearly as much as I did during the election cycle, and when I went to check on what Breitbart readers had to say about it the following day, I didn’t even have to go to the comments. Right there on the front page was Breitbart News, who was largely responsible for getting Trump elected, burning a red Make America Great Again hat.
This loss of core supporters will be Trump’s downfall in the 2020 election. He’s not going to get them back and a loss of interest from voters who voted for him in 2016 means the rust belt states that he won will go Democrat come 2020.
The only real question is, who will be the Democratic nominee? Current polls put Bernie Sanders as the leader. Even though there’s an eternity between now and then, the left hasn’t even been pretending it’s not socialist anymore, going full socialist in ideology on everything. Bernie Bros could easily get their President in 2020, but whoever it is will certainly be far left enough to satisfy the socialists.
The Congress of 2021 will be another question, but I don’t have an answer for that. The 2018 election looks to be a bad one for Democrats, but the 2020 one could easily be a wave election turning left. I just hope the Americans who vote the President in, and the Congress to go along with that President, adequately weigh the risks of socialism, which has never worked where tried, prior to voting. I do fear that American voters don’t realize that what’s going on in Venezuela now is what will be coming to America down the road given a far enough push to the left across all the branches of government.
A year and a half ago or so, I reduced my FiOS television package to have only the kids and entertainment packs. This cut out sports, which I was not watching. I checked to ensure ESPN was not available to me and it wasn’t. Then, on Labor Day weekend, I accidentally switched to ESPN and found it was available. I thought it must have been one of those promotions where you get free channels for a long weekend. I went back yesterday and found it to still be available.
So, I went to my Verizon online and found that I have been given the sports lineup for free to include a number of channels including ESPN and the NFL Network and Red Zone. The situation immediately reminded me of my cancellation of the Baltimore Sun back towards 2003 or 2004. After a few weeks of not receiving the paper after cancelling, it suddenly started showing up again. My wife called them (in CHICAGO) to see why they were doing that and they said that “the computer says someone called and asked to have it delivered again.”
That was obviously bullshit and I knew exactly what it was at the time – they wanted to keep delivering the paper to keep their numbers up for their advertisers. We had them stop delivering the paper again after making it clear we would not be paying for it. With ESPN and the NFL Network, I believe they are giving themselves away to keep their numbers up. Verizon seems likely to be chipping in too, since cord cutting is now admitted to be occurring even more frequently than before and they may be willing to play a part in the free channels to try to keep people from cutting out traditional cable-like TV entirely.
My two year agreement with FiOS has expired and I think I will renew (my kids watch plenty of the children’s channels) while calling them to ensure I am not given the sports pack for free. While I previously stated I stopped watching ESPN due to the all talk format they implemented with its left of center politics only being a minor issue with me, ESPN has gone way too far left for me to take seriously at all anymore and all of the left-of-center columnists who loudly insist that ESPN’s politics are not turning people off are incredibly annoying to read.
Most recently, ESPN was perfectly happy with its own Jemele Hill (who is black) calling Trump a white supremacist. This comes after ESPN suspend Linda Cohn (a long-time white ESPN anchor, who I have the utmost respect for as a sports commentator) for saying ESPN talks too much politics, something virtually everyone in the entire world, except ESPN itself, is in agreement with. This comes after ESPN fired Doug Adler (white) for using the term “guerilla tennis,” a term that has been in use since the 90s when Andre Agassi and Nike popularized it because black people on twitter thought he meant he was calling Venus Williams (black) a gorilla. This comes after ESPN fired Curt Schilling (white) for discussing right-of-center politics.
And sometime between Adler and Cohn, ESPN did one of the stupidest things the world has ever seen by removing Robert Lee (ASIAN) from broadcasting a game because his name was Robert Lee and might remind people of confederate general Robert E. Lee. You can’t make this stuff up and it really speaks to how stupid ESPN believes its target audience to be. I’m sure there’s plenty more nonsense that I can think of given time, but ESPN is dead to me given their asshattery, so it doesn’t matter.
As for the NFL, the national anthem protests continue, so I have no interest in the NFL beyond a passing interest in the Ravens, which I can watch on local channels if I want to.
There’s a scene in Red Dawn (the original one, not the shitty remake) where Colonel Andy Tanner takes Jed Eckert to the front line of the fighting in World War III where tanks are shooting at one another and planes are dropping napalm on either side, as both sides have gone conventional after initial nuclear exchanges. An exchange between the two characters goes:
Jed Eckert: So this is the battlefield?
Colonel Andy Tanner: It’s a real war, kid. It’s here every day.
We’re currently in the “events leading to” section of the Second American Civil War; that’s been evident for a couple of years now. The current front line has been twitter and that’s the reason I’ve been sucked into twitter – it really is a live look at the battle being waged for America. Initially, I started logging on to twitter to follow meteorologists, but when the politics of the 2016 Presidential election cycle started getting real ugly in later 2015, I expanded my horizons.
Today, those two worlds, meteorology and politics, collided as they often do, but today’s result was an epic napalming.
I have to first give a little background. Dr. Ryan Maue was one of the earliest people I followed on twitter because he’s the best meteorologist out there. Period. He earned my respect with his personal site back when he was studying the tropics in the PhD program and links to his site appeared on Anthony Watts’ “Watts Up With That?” blog from time to time. On twitter, he earned my respect even more because he basically wasn’t afraid to call bullshit when bullshit was evident.
Unsurprisingly, Maue has his detractors because of this too. Just take a look at some of the comments here from idiot weather weenies on the American Weather forum topic of his leaving WeatherBell recently; at least one of those comments is demonstrably false:
Between Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, all of the climate change and global warming crazies, basically anyone who leans left (including the mainstream media), are out in full force on twitter talking about the end of the world and how the two hurricanes are evidence of man made climate change getting out of control. They’ve conveniently forgotten the fact that 12 YEARS without a major hurricane causing destruction in the states completely negated their argument.
It was only a matter of time before a major skirmish between the two forces (pro-climate change religious zealots and rational meteorologists) occurred and the true napalm came out, and that occurred today. “Journalist” Kurt Eichenwald, who is a total clown, there really is no other way to put it, had this to say today:
“I’m not a scientist. I used a climate change equation &, using sea surface temps, predicted Irma intensity growth & timing. 100% correct.”
I can’t link to the original tweet, because it has since been deleted. Ryan Maue subsequently stated:
“I am a hurricane scientist and this is bullshit. That’s all.”
It’s enormously hilarious; thank God there’s at least one meteorologist out there not afraid to call bullshit on this stuff, but it got an extra boost of hilarity when David Burge, the overall funniest and wittiest person on twitter (I’ve been a long time follower of his too) chimed in with:
With a reaction like that from Burge, you know Maue’s takedown of Eichenwald was fucking gold.
There really is a war for America going on between emotional utter morons who honestly believe they are smart because they’ve been repeatedly told they are geniuses in their echo chambers and those who are rational, logical and simply want America to continue to be a great country. Both left and right sides believe they are in the latter camp, but as a political independent and relatively neutral observer, I can confirm only one is significantly closer than the other. Twitter is the current battlefield and it’s there every day, kid.
Another logical and rational opinion I saw today on twitter, this one apparently grabbed from facebook:
For the uninitiated, Charlie Gard is a baby boy in the United Kingdom with a rare genetic condition known as mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome. The hospital he was being treated at decided they were going to withdraw medical care for the boy, thus causing him to die. The parents wanted to explore further treatment for their child because a couple of American doctors believed further treatment was possible, while the parents also raised the money for treatment in America via crowdsourcing. The hospital refused to release the boy and the parents then sued the hospital and the case went through numerous UK courts, and an EU court with all of the courts deciding in favor of the hospital.
While the court cases were going on, Charlie Gard became somewhat of a cause célèbre for Americans on the right side of the political spectrum, stating that a panel had decided Gard would die and that the hospital was holding him hostage while the court cases were being argued allowing his condition to further deteriorate as time went on to ensure that Gard died. The right argues that this is what would happen if socialized health care came to the United States.
“This is where Charlie Gard’s case is breaking new and even more authoritarian ground. Not only are doctors and judges forcing Charlie off life-support; they are also declaring that their ethics rule over Charlie’s life, even if the parents—Chris and Connie Gard—find alternative care. As far as I know, this is unprecedented in futile-care controversies.”
Everything I’ve read so far indicates that the Republicans and conservatives who are harping about the Charlie Gard case are…wait for it…entirely 100% correct. The first indication that the right was probably legitimately on to something was the initial complete blackout of coverage of the Gard case from the [extremely left] mainstream media. But, that’s not conclusive. The second, and critical piece of information to me, is that the parents did indeed raise the needed 1.2 million pounds via GoFundMe by the end of April. So, at any point during the three months from the end of April through the end of July, the hospital could have released the baby boy to the parents for treatment without fear of it costing the United Kingdom.
By July 24, the parents of Gard withdrew their request to fly Charlie to America and their challenge to the removal of ventilation because the American doctor who was going to treat Gard believed Gard now had irreversible damage from the disease. On July 28, 2017 Charlie Gard died in hospice after the judge denied the parents’ request to allow Charlie to die at home.
So, Charlie Gard was held hostage by the hospital and his condition was indeed allowed to further deteriorate when there was no legitimate reason to allow it to happen. The July events also showed that the parents of Gard were OK with ending treatment after going through all of the available options, something that apparently the hospital, and by extension the United Kingdom, felt that Gard’s parents were incapable of doing on their own. The July events also showed that the state continued to believe it owned the boy in his last days, even after his parents agreed to withdraw treatment.
The denial of the simplest request to have Charlie die at home demonstrates this was fully about power, not care. https://t.co/avo34HTPLw
Back in 2009, the left harped on Sarah Palin’s comments that “death panels” would decide to “euthanize grandma” if socialized health care came to America. It seemed at the time it was obvious scare tactics on Palin’s part and fully warranted at least some ridicule, but now that a socialized health care death panel from one of our biggest allies has decided to kill a baby boy, it doesn’t seem so worthy of ridicule now. This comes a few years after Palin was proven correct about Russia becoming more of a problem during the Obama administration and doing things such as invading the Ukraine, something she had predicted and was ridiculed for too.
Tack on the fact that Senate Republicans universally denounced Obamacare back in 2009 stating it was simply a step towards single-payer and Democrats universally sang the “Republicans are paranoid” song, then later admitted that Obamacare was meant to simply be a step towards single payer and you have the Republicans looking like they were speaking closer to the truth about what was going on with the bigger picture of health care in America.
In the final weeks of Gard’s life, the judge in the Gard case has gone out of his way to address a couple of times the social media furor from the American right over the Gard case claiming the state is killing him by stating that the state is not killing him.
The “Honourable” Mr Justice Francis has in one of his comments from July 24, 2017 addressing this notion:
Our judges are fiercely independent of the state and make decisions, having heard evidence and having considered the law.
It’s been maddingly stupefying reading his comments – where do the “fiercely independent” judges in the United Kingdom courts get their law from? Is it not the United Kingdom? Am I missing something here or is Francis full of shit?
I’ve seen numerous others from the United Kingdom that don’t see what the problem is here either. What’s going on here is a fundamental difference in ideology between the United States and the United Kingdom. People in the United Kingdom are so entrenched in their culture lacking some freedoms that they don’t know or understand what those freedoms are. It’s no different from the incompatibilities between Western ideology and Islamic ideology that produces Sharia law. Now I fully and truly understand why America fought a bloody revolutionary war to get away from the British ideology. While they’re our friends, their treatment of their people is obviously shit and has occurred for so long that many in the UK consider it completely normal.
This case also does indeed highlight problems with socialized health care. I will be the first to admit that I don’t know the intricacies of United Kingdom health care. Shit, I don’t even know or understand American health care – Obamacare, the insurance companies, politicians and the media have done a more than adequate job of obfuscating everything related to health care law here in the states. But, the United Kingdom’s health care system has been advertised as a “gold standard” of single-payer health care. The parents of Charlie Gard took him to the hospital after being born healthy, but not gaining much weight after a couple of months. Then, the hospital held him hostage. So, the hospital, and by extension, the state, did believe it owned Charlie Gard under whatever health care system it has. While there’s a debate as to whether single-payer healthcare truly constitutes socialism, states believing they own someone is a very strong indicator of socialism. If it’s not technically socialism, it’s certainly socialism in practice.
Here in the states, anyone with common sense (and I know not a lot of people have that) knows that when a doctor lays down some heavy news, a second opinion is always warranted, no matter how much you like the doctor or how knowledgeable they appear to be. Doctors don’t always know what they’re talking about either, like at all, even within their own specialized field. For me, I was told my headaches were obviously the result of allergies and sinus issues for nearly FORTY FUCKING YEARS before it was discovered there was a slow growing cancer in the middle of my brain that was likely there since early childhood. Doctors missed the tumor on CT scans of my sinuses that included my brain in the mid-2000s and it could have been treated then, instead it was 2016 before any sort of treatment could begin. Gard’s parents not being allowed to explore the second opinion under their health care system, that they were ready and willing to pay for, is astonishing. Apparently if they wanted the ability to have a second opinion on a major health issue, the parents shouldn’t have taken him to a UK hospital from the start. But how would they have known that, or why would they be thinking that when all they were doing was trying to figure out why he wasn’t gaining weight at the moment?
The Charlie Gard case never passed any smell test and the more one whiffs with their nose, the more the nasty stink of socialism sets in. The right appears right on this one when it says this is an example of socialized health care being about big government control over the individual first with health care coming second, perhaps a distant second. As a father of two children, I can’t imagine being told one or both of them has a terminal disease, told they are going to be entered into palliative care and not being allowed to obtain a second opinion. Technically Sarah Palin was wrong about socialized health care euthanizing grandma; socialized health care euthanizes the grandchild.
Speaking of Obmacare, Republicans somehow, and almost unimaginably, now fully own it and all of its myriad problems. Voters have asked Republicans to repeal it for 7 years now and it’s clear that it will never be repealed given the latest antics with McCain making a dramatic entrance in the meeting to vote yes to set the next meeting then voting no to a repeal in the next meeting. Once again, this proves to me that there is no actual difference between the two parties when it comes to Congress and that it is just one large establishment party, a sentiment I’ve held for 15 years. Many voters who voted in Trump fully own Obamacare now as well given that the entire point of the “Trump Train” they all jumped on was that Trump was a master negotiator and would finally be able to work with a Republican Congress to get it repealed.
The reported reason some Republicans voted no was because they didn’t want to simply repeal it without another option in place. Well, I’m not even a Republican and would rather have had a straight repeal than a system that is a step towards death panels.
Not to stir the pot any further or anything, but when I was reading up on the Gard case, a little voice in the back of my head briefly piped up and spoke a couple of times. It said “Charlie Gard may be being denied treatment because he’s a white male.” It’s no secret that the left in the west is currently waging a war on both men and white people. It does make me wonder if the hospital’s decision would have been different if Charlie was named Charlene or if they would have made the same decision and then buckled under the pressure of being called misogynist from everyone on the left. Add to that a bonus for the left if Charlene was black and we may have even seen the UK pay for her treatment in the United States to avoid being called both racist and misogynist. No doubt the judges in the case would have ruled differently if it even came to the courts.
The UK, like much of the rest of Europe, has been busy purposely importing every race and culture out there because it’s politically correct to do so. That’s no secret either. If you have a backwards mentality of owning people’s lives while all this importing is occurring, I suppose you can also have a mentality that believes you can’t have white people babies screwing things up.
Speaking of the UK and political correctness, Paul Joseph Watson has an excellent video out discussing just this. I haven’t watched him in a while, but I think I’m going to have to watch him more given the amusement I felt watching this one:
Roast Master Paul Joseph Watson's videos are more educational and historically correct than the public school system https://t.co/8I2IplUDOy
Everyone who knows me knows and my work knows, but I need to publicly come out and state that a moderately large and inoperable tumor was discovered in my brain about a year and a half ago. I say this because I want to give my thoughts on McCain’s glioblastoma and older politicians in general (not that anyone reads my blog).
First, my tumor. A very long story short, the tumor was discovered in my right thalamus after an MRI was ordered due to sudden idiopathic hearing loss in my left ear. Technically, the tumor was considered an incidental finding, although that is debatable, and my hearing was restored by going on a high dosage of steroids for two weeks. The tumor directly caused hydrocephalus, nearly killing me, in April, 2016. A June, 2016 biopsy was aborted after two hours of me being under anesthesia due to high chances of me going blind, having memory loss, left side paralysis, a combination of all three, or death just by sticking a needle through my brain into that spot to take a small sample of tissue. Radiation therapy likely would not kill me, but would significantly impact my quality of life so neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists are recommending against doing anything with it…for now.
As for what my tumor is, nobody knows because a biopsy is unable to be performed. But, statistically, there’s a very high chance that it is a form of glioma (mine is a rare location, but two studies of thalamic tumors in adults identified ~95% of them were gliomas), and that’s what neurosurgeons finally came out and said they thought it was after 10 MRIs and 4 CT scans over the past year and a half. Since it has grown only slightly, it is definitely a low grade. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that all low grade gliomas in adults should be considered malignant, even though the higher grades of gliomas are the ones that are truly malignant. This is because low grade gliomas in adults are likely (80% or so) to transition through the higher grades as they get older. Thus, my tumor is likely to ultimately turn into a glioblastoma. So, there’s an argument there to be made that I likely have brain cancer and not “just” a brain tumor.
I am in no way shape or form a neurosurgeon, but over the past year and a half, I’ve done a lot of research on brain tumors and brain cancer. A lot of reasearch. In legitimate medical journals, not in places like the anti-vax public forum for inbred internet users (not that I think something like big pharma is always acting in the best interests of people, I know they’re not and that’s a topic for another day). Nothing I read suggested that brain tumors or glioblastomas present themselves as a blood clot, which is what McCain and his hospital initially reported he had. Sure, some tumors present themselves as having a lot of blood in them or being made up of almost entirely blood vessels, but not as a blood clot or hematoma – those are remarkably different in presentation on an MRI. If McCain was going in to have surgery on a blood clot, then the tumor was found incidentally during imaging for the blood clot and a biopsy of the tumor was done at the same time the surgical procedure for the clot was performed. The far more likely scenario, however, is that McCain and the hospital lied about the procedure and were aware there was a tumor for a time and were going in to take as much of the tumor out as possible while simultaneously saving tissue for a biopsy. Not that anonymous users on the internet are a quality source, but I don’t appear to be the only one who believes this among people educated about brain tumors:
Senator John McCain's cancer is considerably lethal, and may explain why he's been acting even more confused in recent months. pic.twitter.com/Nl2IOTx86b
The fact that the mainstream media didn’t immediately question the blood clot turned glioblastoma scenario given by the hospital is yet another example of the media not doing their jobs for decades. Also, having done my prior research, I know pathology coming back as glioblastoma is very bad. A glioblastoma is universally considered a Grade IV and the worst type of brain tumor to have. The odds seem very high McCain will be dead in a year, as only a few percent of people live for a few years beyond that. Some die within weeks or months. If his glioblastoma was indeed in his left frontal lobe, that’s actually a very good location for it, all things considered, because it would be almost entirely resectable with his brain being able to recover given time if it were a lower grade. But glioblastomas always send out strands of malignant tissue well beyond the borders of the visible tumor and new glioblastomas are certain to appear even with chemotherapy. Also on the negative side of things when discussing brain tumors, McCain is 80 years old.
A lot of people have been remarking about how McCain has seemed confused in recent months. A notable example came during McCain’s questioning of James Comey at Comey’s hearing because a lot of people were confused by McCain’s line of questioning towards Comey asking him about the Hillary Clinton investigation, which is not what Comey’s hearing was about. I listened to this live on the radio during a work trip in the car going up north and the funny thing is, I understood McCain’s thought process at the time, or at least I thought I did at the beginning. I thought the point McCain was trying to make from the start was that Comey was very quick to close the Clinton investigation when there was enormous amounts of material to investigate, whereas Comey keeping notes on Trump when there was virtually nothing there, seemed odd and/or partisan. Except McCain got bogged down when Comey became confused by McCain asking about the Clinton investigation, then McCain allowed his time to run out before making his point.
Regardless of whether or not that’s what was going on in McCain’s mind at that time, there seems to be a number of other instances of McCain becoming confused. This allows for a question to come up that isn’t usually discussed, except seemingly in a partisan manner: Should older politicians be allowed to serve out their terms if they show consistent signs of mental confusion? I think it’s a legitimate non-partisan question, especially given the gross hyperbole that politicians use to get themselves elected to office. According to politicians, the very future of America, not to mention the world, is at risk unless they’re given their seat at the decision-making table and all the perks from the American taxpayer that come along with it, when actually doing nothing most of the time except sitting there with their thumb up their butt.
When McCain ran for president in 2008, the fallback argument against McCain from Democrats was that he was too old to be President. My personal opinion on the subject was that while he was indeed advanced in age, if he wasn’t showing any signs of mental health issues, then it wasn’t a problem. Denying someone an opportunity simply due to their age is the same as denying someone an opportunity solely based on their race, sex, religion, etc. It’s discrimination.
Fast-forward to the 2016 election and all three of the major candidates (Trump, Clinton, and Sanders) were “advanced in age”. At the time that the potential candidate would take office, Trump would have been 70, Clinton would have been 69, and Sanders would have been 76. Given the advanced age of Clinton and Sanders, that largely negated the Democrat’s argument that McCain was too old to be President in 2008. He would have been 72 at the time.
But the advanced age of politicians is now becoming a problem. With some focused on McCain’s mental confusion in recent months, Nancy Pelosi’s mental confusion, which frankly, is much worse than McCain’s, has largely been ignored. Pelosi sounds as though she’s borderline-alzheimers, or has some other significant brain damage, and continues to mistake Bush for the current President. The likelihood of an extreme gaffe and spectacle from her is high and is that really how America wants to remember the woman who became the most powerful woman in American history? The mainstream media can hide her gaffes and mental confusion all they want by continuing their fake Trump-Russia collusion drumbeat, but in this age where everyone has a camera and access to youtube, an embarrassing video of Pelosi going viral is a high risk, just like what happened to Clinton prior to the election. Pelosi is 77, by the way.
Voters don’t seem to be fazed by any of it, however, because they keep voting these politicians into office. So is it time to for voters to take a serious look at the candidate’s age when going to the polls? Given what’s going on with McCain and Pelosi, I think that answer is yes, especially since McCain and his medical staff were likely lying about his problem. There’s no doubt in my mind that something is going on with Pelosi and that she’s either lying about a condition too or medical staff is shielding her from it.
One example of someone being floated as a Presidential candidate for the 2020 election where age should be considered is Maxine Waters. While I have serious issues with her as a candidate in general based on things she’s said and done in the past, she would be EIGHTY-FUCKING-TWO when entering office in January, 2021 if elected President and NINE-FUCKING-TY when leaving office in 2029 if elected to a second term. I’m sorry, but at some point people need to retire and Maxine Waters is at that point and should not be considering a run for President in my mind. I believe there’s a reason why retirement age is in the mid to late 60s (if you’re fortunate enough to be able to retire) – it’s so that you can live out the remaining years of your life peacefully without the hassle of working before you die at age 76, on average, if you’re a man and 81, on average, if you’re a woman (or are we not doing this whole man/woman thing and saying we’re all one sex now?). If you have a desire to be at a new job throughout your 80s until your 90 years old, I’m thinking that you’re thinking that the job is cake or that you’re not going to take the job seriously.
Keep in mind, my mind may be off-kilter thanks to brain cancer, but many career politicians are becoming advanced in age, are likely keeping quiet or are outright lying about health issues, and I think it’s time for voters to start seriously looking at the age of these politicians.
For the record, I didn’t have any strong feelings towards McCain one way or the other prior to his diagnosis. Some Democrats hate him simply because he’s a Republican, and some Republicans hate him simply because of his feud with Trump, but I’m neither here nor there. I do think the things Trump said about McCain were very wrong, but unfortunately, that’s the way politics is now and that type of behavior by politicians is fully condoned by voters on both sides. I do think the fact that he fought in the Vietnam War made him a better candidate than some others given he experienced the horrors of war first-hand. Even if I despised McCain, I would say I wouldn’t wish brain cancer on anyone. I personally feel it’s among the “worst” cancers one can get because it robs the body by robbing the mind and is thus completely devastating in nature. Out of all the immediate reactions to the news of McCain, I liked Barack Obama’s the best:
John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.
Also, many democrats have floated the idea of Trump being forcibly removed from office because he’s somehow mentally incompetent. People who voted for Trump knew exactly the mentality they voted for, and the Democrats being incredible sore loser crybabies of an easily winnable election had they not forcibly nominated Clinton leads me to say that the Democrats don’t have an argument there and are muddying the waters for when real age and mental issues of people in office occur.
In a quite refreshing “when they go low, we go high” moment, CNN used its journalism resources to investigate news that matters to all Americans on Independence Day in a show of moral strength after Trump tweeted that pixelated video of him body slamming CNN.
Yea, right. CNN became the news after tracking down the person who may or may not have made the meme on reddit, found some older possibly anti-Semite stuff and publicly threatened him in an article. How CNN deemed that national newsworthy is beyond virtually anyone on the internet. In a North Korea-like move, the redditor was forced to make an apology to his dear overlords for the posting of a lame meme and has been forced to state he will never do it again.
I haven’t seen the supposedly anti-Semite stuff, but he supposedly put stars of David next to pictures of CNN staff pointing out that CNN was disproportionately Jewish, which really is no different than someone pointing out a place is disproportionately Christian and not that far from noting a place is mostly white.
Not only were CNN’s actions stupid and unethical, they were likely felonious as well.
All of this lit the internet on fire and after the backlash quickly stormed in and those in 4chan and /pol/ announced an immediate war on CNN, CNN then tried to backtrack, of course.
This shouldn’t have to be said, but this stuff is the reason the mainstream media (and by extension, Democrats) lost and are still losing. The left is so obnoxious that the right looks really good in comparison.
How and why is it that someone like Piers Morgan had the most sensible article about the CNN/Trump feud a day before CNN said it was going to dox the guy?
How and why is it that CNN is so low that they make a possible anti-Semite shit-poster with a shit-handle of “HanAssholeSolo” a martyr?
How and why did CNN make Trump look like the mature, older child?
The truth is, CNN hasn’t been a news organization in decades. I formally gave up on CNN and the rest of the mainstream media during the later summer of 1996 when they harassed Richard Jewell for weeks stating he was the Atlanta bomber and that he had a “hero complex.” Everyone knows that’s not true now, but it was still obvious pure obnoxious speculation on the part of CNN (and others) then and it lasted 24/7 for weeks. When the truth came out, it was difficult for me to ever take the mainstream media seriously again and nothing they have done in the mean time has gotten me back.
Prior to that was the obnoxious coverage of the OJ Simpson trial. Somehow in the middle of the already enormously stupid coverage, the media believed that Marcia Clark’s hair style was THE story of our lifetime, and some are STILL pushing that story in modern times.
Shit like this is the reason decent numbers of people turned to independent blogs in the 2000s. For example, for me, I read Anthony Watts’ blog, who is a retired meteorologist, and Steve McIntyre’s blog, who is a Canadian statistician, for insight into “climate change” and “global warming” papers that the mainstream media refused to perform. Meanwhile at the time, places like CNN had their steady “we will all be dead in a decade from global warming” drumbeat going saying anyone even slightly skeptical of that was worse than Hitler. In the early teens, there was shit like gleefully reporting that a shitty youtube video with virtually no views was responsible for the Benghazi terror attack. Today, I’m sure there’s real news out there to be uncovered if news outlets would do their fucking job, but instead we’re stuck watching two toddlers fighting.
Anyway, at least watching CNN implode is fun and more people understanding that the MSM is trash is a positive takeaway, even though the fall of America continues in spectacular and depressing fashion.
P.S. I’ve got a breaking news tip for CNN. I found out that the person who tweeted that meme lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. Go get him, tiger!
June 20, 2017 was the date that would change the course of human history. A date the world would never forget. A date where enlightened human beings would finally overcome the obstacles of the past and build a utopia for not just us, but for all life on earth. A date where ordinary citizens of the United States would resist, break their chains and rise up, free themselves from the darkness of their captivity, elect the divine one and take the world to the promised land! June 20, 2017 was the date grassroots voters would loudly cry
“GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH!”
Of course, I’m talking about the GA06 special election runoff where choosing Jon Ossoff would lead to this utopia and choosing Karen Handel would lead to a continued hell of despair. The election was a referendum on Trump, the devil himself and whether or not GA06 wanted to continue living in hell. At least according to Democrats and the mainstream media. A win for Ossof would be a repudiation of the devil, a win for Handel would be a devastating loss for the Democrats given all their hyperbole. In a repeat of the 2016 Presidential election, Nate Silver predicted an Ossoff win and the New York Times even brought out it’s election-meter thingamablob so people could track the Ossoff win in real time, which should have given PTSD flashbacks to Clinton supporters.
And again, of course, the Democrats lost the election. I have so many thoughts on this. First and foremost is a rhetorical question – are Democrats tired of losing yet? This isn’t the first local election to occur in the Trump presidency, there have been three others, and every one of them has supposedly been a referendum on Trump and supposedly a bellwether for 2018 and 2020.
And the Democratic candidate has lost all of them. Let that sink in.
I don’t have my own answer for my first question. At some point the Democrats are going to have to look in the mirror and realize their message of “we’re not Trump” isn’t working. I would have thought this would have happened after Clinton lost the Presidential election, but I was very wrong.
Second is another rhetorical question – are Democrats really that oblivious to the fact that their hyperbole surrounding these small local elections is a turn off to voters everywhere? My own answer to that question is a resounding “yes” because it’s obvious that Democrats still. don’t. get. it. I hadn’t seen this much hyperbole surrounding a cause since we all died of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming a decade ago. And this was just a simple local election between two douchenozzles!
Third, and this is the biggest one in my mind, is why the fuck would the Democratic party spend so much money on a local election that they were probably going to lose? It’s the most money spent on a house race in history and most places are reporting a figure of 27 to 30 million was spent on the Ossoff side. It doesn’t necessarily pass the smell test and raises the possibility that some sort of quasi-money laundering scheme is going on. Would that money not have been better going to a charity, feeding the homeless, school lunches, or whatever else? Certainly all the Democratic “consultants” benefited greatly from this influx of money from Martha’s Vineyard, Beverly Hills and Silicon Valley, as they did from the 1.4 billion Hillary Clinton spent on her epic failure of an election.
Fourth, this shit show nonsense had to have been a drag on living in that congressional district. Last year’s presidential election was bad enough – I was royally pissed off by receiving a single robocall on my home phone after 9:00pm after I got my kids to bed one night asking me to vote for Clinton in a state that a blind person could have seen would go Clinton. How bad was it for this GA06 election? Let’s take a look at Will Collier’s statement on the subject, a guy who lives in the district:
If you lived in the 6th, you were bombarded by fliers, signs, ads, door-knockers, and most of all, phone calls. At least once a day (and usually more than once), the phone would ring from an out-of-state area code.
First it was robocalls, then the last couple of weeks, call centers. They weren’t targeted. They were calling everybody, every day. And they wouldn’t take “Go to Hell” for an answer—trust me on this one.
One big factor that was missed by the national press: the sheer annoyance of the race. Not only did this special and the runoff extend the godawful 2016 election for another 8 months in a district where neither major nominee was remotely popular, the ridiculous amount of money that poured into the Ossoff campaign from out of state resulted in wall-to-wall ads.
You could not turn on the radio or TV without hearing/seeing a campaign commercial, and Ossoff’s fans seemed determined to cover every square inch of Georgia with “Jon Ossoff” signs. The state will probably have to dig a new landfill to get rid of them.
Fifth, the condescension (at best) and racism and sexism (at worst) towards voters from the Democrats isn’t working. Who would have thought voters would be turned off by the labeling as racist of all white people, as sexist rapists of all men, as homophobes of all heterosexuals who share concerns with men suddenly being allowed in women’s restrooms, as racist xenophobes of all who wish for immigrants to be vetted, as black-hating pigs of all police officers, as stupid meatheads of anyone in the armed forces protecting our country, as Islamaphobes of all who dislike being blown to bits in a suicide bombing, and deniers worse than Hitler of all those who believe adaptation is the best way to deal with climate change? That’s only a few of the many broad-brush strokes the Democratic party takes with American voters. Actually, it’s somewhat surprising it didn’t work because it’s worked for Democrats for decades, but is sure as shit isn’t working now. Let’s take a look towards the end of Will Collier’s post for his opinion on the subject, he seems like he has his finger close to the pulse of voters:
I’ll add another factor that the national media wants to ignore: the post- election temper tantrums on the Left. Once again, Trump isn’t popular in this district. But you know what’s a lot less popular?
Riots. Morons in black masks with clubs. Kids who’ve never thought about paying a mortgage telling you you’re a terrible person because you wouldn’t vote for a corrupt old liar in a pantsuit. Those things are really, really unpopular. And the Left’s bratty insistence that it deserves a do-over after it lost an eminently winnable election Isn’t getting any traction in middle America.
Today’s run of the usual suspects saying Ossoff lost because he didn’t go full Bolshevik are right up the same alley. And they’ll result in similar reactions in later elections, especially those that aren’t bolstered by $30 million in now-wasted activist money that simply filled coffers of Democratic consultants and advertisers and broadcasters.
But all they really succeeded in doing was pissing off the people they needed to get votes from. Bad strategy, bad politics.
You know what he didn’t cover? Democratic women (while disallowing Republican women) marching on Washington D.C. in pink vagina hats arguing for rights they already fucking have causing several school districts to close. Democratic college campuses shutting down basic free speech and making “safe spaces” from made up things like “microagressions.” Fuck you, how’s that for a microagression? Leftist mobs causing people like Doug Adler to lose their job because they’re too fucking stupid to understand the term guerrilla tennis is not “gorilla tennis” and has been in use in tennis since 1995 when Nike and Andre Agassi popularized it via advertising. All the while Democrats being hypocritical at every single turn, like politicians and celebrities lecturing everyone on the dangers of carbon dioxide pollution, then jetsetting around the country or living it up on their yacht.
Sixth, this is all because Hillary Clinton lost the election. When are Democrats going to admit Clinton was a terrible candidate? When are they going to admit that senile Nancy Pelosi, who believes herself to be a “master legislator” yet believes the current President is Bush (No, really. No, seriously, Yes, FOR REAL!), is dragging the party down too? Apparently it’s never going to happen and it’s jaw-droppingly stupid that it’s not. Older career politician baby boomers need to GTFO if the Democrats want to be taken seriously.
Seventh, does anyone pay attention to polling anymore? Polls are so obviously fake, it’s not even funny anymore. Ossoff was up by five percentage points on average in polls the week before the election and lost by four points. For those people who can’t do basic math, like all pollsters perhaps, that’s a difference of nine percentage points. The polls suddenly becoming even the day of the election was the giveaway that the poll numbers in the runup to this election were fraudulent.
Eighth, while I haven’t seen anything about it, I can only assume Democrats believe all of these local elections after the Presidential election were also “hacked by the Russians.” This paints a disturbing picture of Russians having infiltrated every little corner of America after Putin’s puppet, Trump, took over as President. Why hasn’t the FBI, the CIA, the NSA and the Intelligence Community in general tried to put a stop to it? It’s obviously a clear and present danger to the USA that requires immediate action. Or, maybe the whole idea that the Russians hacked the election is complete and total bullshit and an insult to voter’s intelligence and always was. Perhaps repeatedly calling a legitimately elected President a traitor because your candidate was even worse wasn’t the best move?
Ninth, Democrats seem to be forgetting that they already lost this election once before in the special election on April 18 and were forgetting that the entire reason the special and runoff elections were taking place was because Tom Price left to be in the Trump administration. Democrats may need it completely spelled out for them: This GA06 election happened only because Trump was elected President.
Finally, my last thought is that all is not lost for the Democrats. These weren’t bellwether elections, that was all part of the bullshit hype. 2018 is an eternity away and Republicans are still a total train wreck now being led by a loose wrecking ball President, so another wave election could easily occur when (not if) voters get tired of the current douchenozzles. In the mean time, though, I would appreciate it if the Republicans would give the Democrats a charity win because I don’t know how much more hyperbole I can take from the Democrats and mainstream media.
I always liked the rainbow flag, also known as the gay pride flag. I don’t know how the rainbow flag was supposed to be interpreted, but to me, the rainbow colors represented inclusiveness for all people, regardless of race, in a nation where identity politics around race often takes a center stage. It seemed like a straightforward flag with virtually no political message at face value. Now we have this abomination from the city of Philadelphia:
The purpose of the black and brown stripes are to “promote inclusivity,” something that I honestly thought the rainbow flag already did. It comes after a year of racial tensions inside a Philly “gayborhood” because one of the gay nightclub owners was recorded saying the n-word repeatedly. So I don’t need my thinking cap on to determine that the black and brown stripes are there to represent black and brown people, even though I’ve never actually seen a person really, truly colored black. Given that red and yellow stripes were already there, that gives one stripe of the major “color” groups unrepresented for those who view everything through a racial lens: white. A friend in archaeology once described himself as so white he was actually translucent, so I would argue that both a white and translucent stripe are needed given the brown and black stripes.
But we all know hell will freeze over before that happens. In fact, people on the left who read this blog post now have their pitchforks out to stab my obviously racist ass, even though I consider myself to be far from it. That’s what the left’s identity politics has done – anyone who disagrees with anyone on the left in any way for any reason is automatically a racist worse than Hitler. Plus, I’m inherently racist, by definition, regardless of what I say or do just by being white according to the left. In my mind, the rejection of the left’s bullshit identity politics are high up on the list of reasons why a clown like Trump won the Presidential election, not far behind the number 1 reason of the DNC nominating an even bigger clown like Hillary Clinton as the competition.
This identity politics has caused quite the expansion of the LGB acronym over the past several years. At some point it became LGBT and I assume the T stands for transgender. Then it became LGBTQ, then LGBTQIA and at that point some people started shortening it to LGB+ or LGBT+. I even see LGBTQIAPK as an acronym and I readily admit I have no clue what the letters stand for starting with Q, nor that I will take the five seconds to look it up. There’s even “cis” or “CIS” (I have no idea if it’s an acronym or not), which contextual clues lead me to believe is an insult to be hurled at straight white males like me. But, really, I have no clue. Whatever happened to unity? Why are Democrats purposely dividing everyone? This division by Democrats is the reason why that predominantly gay neighborhood in Philadelphia is referred to as a “gayborhood.” Why can’t it simply be called a neighborhood like any other neighborhood?
Looks Great! Now overlay black and brown or else you’re a RACIST like HItler!
Every once in a while, I read a comment from someone on the right stating something to the effect of “Reminder: Trump is the first POTUS to be pro-gay rights prior to holding office.” I laugh because it’s funny and it’s funny because it’s true and it’s true because no prior Democratic (or Republican) president was pro-gay rights when entering office. They hypocrisy of Democrats has always been on full display when it comes to gay rights, just as it is with many other politically hot items. That’s why a member of the oh-so-inclusive gay community got himself recorded saying the n-word repeatedly. (And yea, I’m making an assumption that the club owner who said the n-word multiple times is a democrat. I believe there are republicans who are gay, but the mainstream media has really, really wanted me to believe otherwise for nearly the past decade.)
The hypocrisy is so bad that it would almost be like LGBTQIAPKMNOHJCDEFHJRSUVWXYZ rights champion Steny Hoyer from right here in massively liberal Maryland (with a lesbian daughter), who chanted “Shame! Shame! Shame!” on Republican voters who switched their vote on a pro-LGBTQIAPKMNOHJCDEFHJRSUVWXYZ amendment in 2016 and thereby not allowing it to pass, turning out to have voted “yea” in 1996’s DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), an act that defined marriage as being only legitimate between a man and a woman.
Anyway, I’m not seeing any information on whether or not the Philadelphia version of the rainbow flag will become the official flag of the gay rights movement, but if there’s one thing that America has been consistent with the past thirty years, it’s dividing and compartmentalizing things more and more. So I suspect it will happen. And don’t get me started on the left’s unimaginable defense of sharia law; that’s a topic for another day.