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.

My tumor as it was first discovered. This is an axial FLAIR scan from an MRI and I have circled the tumor in red so that there is no confusion with other parts of the brain.

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.

The shunt that was put in place for hydrocephalus. The black arrows note calcification in the tumor picked up by the XRay.

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:

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:

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.

Like so many other people in police and security forces, Jewell got nothing but shit for doing his job and saving countless lives by noticing the bomb before it detonated and alerting police so that people could be evacuated.

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.

Round-the-clock criticism of Marcia Clark’s hair was blatantly sexist, something that was completely lost on the supposedly progressive mainstream media and others criticizing the hair.

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.

The latest problems for CNN come after Kathy Griffon got fired, three “journalists” got fired for an entirely fake article against Trump and other retractions and nonsense that I’ve hardly paid attention to. As of this writing, the internet has declared “it is the end of cnn.”

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.

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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.

Should it be noted that from a scientific perspective, all of the colors of the rainbow add up to white? Perhaps that’s why it was felt there was a need to add black and brown to the flag? If so, what about all the other real human shades between?

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.

SNL’s Colin Jost recognized rather quickly that identity politics played a part in Clinton losing the election. What is it with people named Colin?

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.

Oh shit, that’s what actually happened.

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.

In 2015, Obama and Biden ran through the White House happily waving the six-striped version of the rainbow flag, an outdated, racist, bigoted flag that only scum of the earth people who are worse than Hitler would fly. Wow, crazy how backwards people were back then.

 

I’m tired of the terrorist attacks and the platitudes that follow. I’m tired of the RIPs, the waving of the country’s flag who was attacked, the twitter hashtags, the candlelight vigils, etc., all of which will do nothing. I’m tired of voters of the left and the right each claiming an attack is a false flag operation. I’m tired of left and right politicians mouth empty promises when both know the bipartisan American war machine is partially responsible for the attacks. I’m also tired of shit like this, especially given the fact that little girls at a pop concert were ripped to shreds by a suicide nail bomb just last week:

photo credit: Tyler Shields

I’m tired of someone on the left pulling a stunt that nobody on the right would get away with had the POTUS been a Democrat. Remember the rodeo clown who was crucified for his Obama skit, the same one who had done the skit before on George W. Bush without issue? I remember. Pepperidge Farm also remembers this double standard going back several decades and I’ve been tired of this double standard for that long.

If you thought CNN wasn’t bad enough already, CNN did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on the stunt by Griffin, who is also employed by CNN, and CNN put this in their article.

 

For what it’s worth, Carrot Top, I mean Griffin, issued an apology, but I didn’t watch it given the high likelihood that it was insincere. Apparently the beheading of Trump was a video shoot, which I also have not watched.

Oh, the horror!

The whole thing reminds me of 10:10’s No Pressure short film from 2010, where school kids are blown up, body pieces and blood flying everywhere, for the simple act of not agreeing to the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming fraud. In both instances, there was an enormous amount of time to think that perhaps what was being done would grossly offend people. So either they are that grotesque of people, or the bubble they live in is so grotesque that nobody within it realizes how grotesque they are.

Either way, it’s not good. And for the first time I’ve ever seen, the right is actually fighting back on this nonsense in some cases. The Montana House candidate, Greg Gianforte, allegedly body slammed reporter Ben Jacobs for the simple crime of Jacobs being a douche on the left. And then Gianforte went on to win his election by 7 points. As of the past couple of days, Trump is blocking the left twitter trolls on his twitter feed, something that has been long overdue. And the biggest left twitter troll there is, William LeGate, got run off of twitter by 4chan.

This comes after leak after leak to the press, ultimately indicating that the US intelligence community wants to bring down Trump in a coup. Whether or not this is the vaguely-defined “deep state”, I don’t know, but it’s startling to see since none of the leaks indicate Trump doing anything wrong – tidbits are released so the mainstream media can blare big headlines insinuating something devious was afoot, then come out later and say that nothing was out of the ordinary.

Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that Obama performed illegal spying stunts worse than Nixon and hardly a word has been spoken about it in the mainstream media, save for USA Today. I had a conversation with a good friend just after Obama’s second term started that I felt this was probably going on. I was greeted, of course, with the “are you smoking crack?” face.

And for the first time ever after casually surfing a number of sites, I’m reading a column openly talking about the possibility of civil war. While the author is suspect, civil war seems to be a distinct possibility given the current political climate in America, and if (when) it occurs, it’s the left who wanted it more – between the mainstream media’s attempt to start a race war a couple of years ago, the left’s behavior for the past 6 months, and the leaks now, it’s clear the left is pushing for it more and more. I hope they become more careful with what they’re wishing for. CNN letting Griffin go after I wrote this article is a start.

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In other news, the past two episodes of The Leftovers have been very good and I’ll have a series review once the final episode airs this Sunday.

Exactly a month after the flu, I got a stomach virus that I’m currently recovering from. Vomit was coming out of both ends, with the front end being a little worse. During a couple of the 6 or 7 rounds of vomiting every 20 minutes out of the front end, it got pretty violent and I burst the small blood vessels around my eyes, only the second time that’s ever happened to me I think. In between all the activity, I started watching The Leftovers again. Funny thing is, the dog shooter, played by Michael Gaston, disappeared from the show immediately after I wrote that post about him. He was out the entire season 2 and reappeared briefly at the beginning of season 3. The show is still only OK to me, just good enough to continue watching, but the characters make some frustratingly stupid choices and it’s obvious the show is going to be open-ended.

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Speaking of Michael Gaston and the left going low, nothing’s changed in the past month. Probably the highest profile incident of going low was Stephen Colbert saying Trump’s mouth is a cockholster for Putin:

Certainly a homophobic remark if you subscribe to the left’s definition of homophobic and it makes you wonder what would have happened to someone saying Obama’s or Hillary Clinton’s mouth is a cockholster. Colbert was obviously doing it for ratings and it worked according to the latest news reports.

Another example is Martha Stewart giving the bird to Trump:

Like with Gaston, this is nothing new, and social media has been littered with people giving the finger to all things Trump since well before the election. Convicted felon Stewart is just getting her name in the news again.

And here’s intellectual Bill Maher joking of incest between Donald and Ivanka Trump:

Meanwhile, NewsDay claims that Americans are tired of fighting and believes a return to some semblance of normalcy is coming soon. Fat chance and the article even references Bill Maher (who envisions Ivanka giving Donald a handjob) as an example of this peaceful tranquility in our lives.

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While off-topic, I found this article amusing. Apparently Politico believes Chris Murphy is presidential material because he retweeted the photo of that dead Syrian boy on the beach. They have a rather lengthy article about it. I got some news for you, Politico. Your header image of the article shows why he will not even be a presidential candidate for the Democratic party – not only is he male (GASP), or at least appears that he is self-identifying as male, but he’s also…oh my God, Lord have mercy…white. They better change his wiki photo quick, because it’s even whiter and maler:

The only realistic names I’ve heard for presidential candidates for 2020 on the Democratic side are Oprah Winfrey and Maxine Waters.

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As for Trump firing Comey, which happened about an hour ago and has rattled everyone’s cages, I don’t know what took him this long.

And by retarded, I mean MLB is retarded in the classic sense of the word – slow, delayed or hindered in progress. With Boston fans, I mean retarded in the offensive form of the word and if you have issues with me calling people who use the n-word on a regular basis retarded, then fuck off.

In case you missed it, there was a long drawn out fight between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles while they played at Fenway for four games from Monday through Thursday of this week. It started when Manny Machado slid past second base and into Dustin Pedroia back on April 22. While it was a hard slide and it injured Pedroia, anyone who knows baseball could immediately tell this was not an intentional act on Machado’s part. Shit happens. The problem is, Machado has acted like an assclown in the past and this apparently gave the Red Sox free reign in their minds (and the umpires too) to intentionally throw at Machado in the batter’s box at will. Machado was thrown at no less than five times over the course of the most recent four game series.

While I’m biased in favor of the Orioles living in the Baltimore area and the Orioles did some more tit for tat throwing at Boston, I still have to come to the conclusion that the Orioles were wronged. The umpires didn’t seem to mind the headhunting throws at Machado, which could have killed him, for no reason. Things came to a boiling point between the two teams with both managers being called to a conference call with the commissioner of baseball (as one writer put it – they got called to the principal’s office) to hopefully put a fucking stop to it. At which point during the final game of the series, an Orioles pitcher got thrown out of the game for a pitch that obviously got away from him – a 77mph curve ball that hit a Boston batter in the legs. Everyone in the entire fucking world knew it wasn’t intentional, except for the home plate umpire, apparently.

Shit umpiring (or incoherent umpiring) is the reason I’ve hardly watched baseball over the past 20 years. Now, 20 years later, nothing has changed. MLB appears to be even more retarded than it was and the umpires are just as retarded. Even the Fenway Park fans are yelling the n-word at Adam Jones for no reason at all (except for the fact that he’s black, presumably, and the fans are racists fucks), and this shit has been going on for the entire lifetime of Fenway. Fuck you, Boston. And MLB, you need to get your shit together at some point because the sports bubble that has started to burst with the ESPN debacle could heavily damage baseball when it fully bursts.

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I would have thought that people would have understood not to jump to conclusions about a rape story given that every rape story since the dawn of the millennium seemingly has had a 50/50 chance of being true. There was the supposed rape by Kobe Bryant, the supposed rape by Duke Lacrosse players, and the supposed rape by a UVA fraternity to name three off the top of my head from the past couple of decades. Recently, there was the alleged rape at Rockville high. Some conservatives jumped all over it because the alleged crime was done by illegal immigrants. Now, the charges have been dropped. Except for child pornography charges against the boys because the girl sent them a lewd video of herself.

Now that these developments have taken place, the picture is much clearer – the girl wanted attention and got some at the expense of these two men’s lives (technically one man at 18 and one boy at 17). But since the story has been out there for months and men are treated as guilty until proven innocent, actually, never mind, treated as permanently guilty regardless of any facts that come to light, people still readily believe they’re violent rapists:

The war on men continues. As for the child pornography charges, this is continuing proof positive that all an underage girl has to do to ruin a man’s life is send him a nude photo (why doesn’t SHE get charged with child pornography?). Again, the war on men continues with no abatement in sight.

I’ve been watching “The Leftovers” on HBONow. I originally avoided it because it looked too religious to me, but I started watching it to check it out and while some episodes seemed mediocre, others were very good (especially S1E6). By episode 8, I was looking up a couple of the people on the show on IMDB who I liked. One of those people turned out to be Michael Gaston, who plays Dean, a rather mysterious character who shoots the stray leftover dogs in the neighborhood. I found his IMDB profile picture to be odd:

Is he flipping the bird to the camera? It’s a very grainy image and while Trump appears to be giving a thumbs up, Gaston certainly appears to be using another digit.

Zooming in on the image, although making it grainier, pretty much confirms it’s the middle finger. So the question is why would this be the profile picture? I would like to give Gaston the benefit of the doubt and say that IMDB chooses one at random, but I find that highly unlikely to be the case. The odds are clearly in favor of Gaston making a political statement right there on his IMDB page.

Examining Gaston’s twitter profile shows that he is very anti-Trump. In fact, not too long after his profile states “I’m that bald guy from that thing you saw currently” comes a #FUCKTRUMP hashtag.

Doing a brief spot check on his twitter feed shows it is littered with anti-Trump tweets. In fact, this photo of him giving the finger appears about a million times in his media feed. He’s particularly proud of it. Oddly, the original post of it appears to be in June, 2013 and this one is the title image of the post:

The hatred of Trump runs deep with Gaston. Here he is stating IMDB “suppressed” his image, followed by a tweet stating he had gotten it back up:

Anyway, the day after the 2016 presidential election, I chatted with a good friend and stated I was 100% sure Trump would be a one term president because the Democrats would learn their lesson, do a proper primary, and come up with a more qualified candidate. Now I’m not so sure. The left still fails to understand that this type of behavior (always going low) is part of what got Trump elected. Other items with the Democrats that led to his win, beyond the scope of this post, are still in play today too. Going low is somewhat ironic, too, given the “when they go low, we go high” statement from Michelle Obama, but again, most everyone understands at this point that statements from politicians are the exact opposite of reality meaning that everyone knows that this statement from Obama is admitting the Democrats go low, not high.

They go low because they can get away with it. Compare this to an average person who may have had a “FUCKOBAMA” hashtag and a photo giving the middle finger with Obama. That person’s career, wherever he worked, in whatever industry he worked, would likely be ruined because the cries of racism would rain down on him. The difference in extremes in shit like this is part of the reason large amounts of independents broke Trump in the swing states.

There’s always the possibility I may be wrong and Gaston is not a rank and file Democrat, just simply someone who dislikes Trump. Monkeys may fly out of my butt too. An earlier tweet seems to confirm he’s a Clinton supporter, though:

I haven’t given his tweets that much time and don’t intend to any more. As for my thoughts on the 2016 election – I firmly believed Trump was a horrible candidate and would probably be an incompetent president. And I believed the other primary candidate in the election was even worse. That’s the problem with our current two party system. Indeed, I agree with Trump when he said Clinton is a nasty woman, but it’s the pot calling the kettle black, just different genders. Oh wait, am I allowed to use the word gender? Another reason Trump won.

As for The Leftovers, I think I will stop watching it for now, as Gaston’s shit stinks and has turned me off of it. The other person I was looking up, the actress of the character I liked named Aimee, left me wanting to see more of what she’s in. Why?

BECAUSE SHE’S NOT FORCING POLITICS DOWN MY FUCKING THROAT VIA IMDB.

Funny how that works. Also, I inadvertently saw that Meade was only in the first ten episodes, meaning she either gets killed or exits the show somehow after season 1. Lame. (Am I allowed to use the word she? Am I allowed to use the word actress? Serious questions.)

Baseball is a uniquely American Sport, although it has its roots in cricket. It’s only appropriate that a week after opening day we’re bombing the Middle East again. While bombing the middle east is not a uniquely American sport, pretending to want peace in the Middle East while each new presidential administration bombs it, is uniquely American. This administration is off to a relatively quick start with a surprise bombing that happened sometime last evening while I was dead from the flu.

Whether it was justified or not is anybody’s guess. Our mainstream media is so corrupt, it’s difficult to validate whether the Syrian chemical attack that precipitated this bombing actually happened. After all, the mainstream media had repeatedly assured us that the outgoing Obama administration had successfully gotten Syria to disarm themselves of chemical weapons, a part of Obama’s brilliant legacy, or something. Thus, it’s not even possible to have occurred even though it was being widely reported to have occurred. Meanwhile, people from both the left and right were claiming it was a “false flag” operation for some reason or another. Moving on from the chemical attacks, it would be nice if our mainstream media discussed how this bombing complicates the already complicated proxy war occurring in Syria. Instead, we have Brian Williams achieving orgasm viewing war porn:

But MSNBC viewers weren’t upset about that, they were upset their beloved Rachel Maddow was interrupted to cover the bombing. Anyway, this bombing appears to have significantly shifted peoples thoughts about Trump. All of the sudden, the mainstream media is in love with him (America sure loves war, huh?) while some Trump supporters have jumped off the “Trump Train” (fortunately, I was never on it to begin with). Meanwhile, die hard Democrats are twisting logic around into multiple pretzel knots trying to explain how someone who they believe is simply a puppet of Putin’s (remember, it’s a fact to these people that Putin hacked the election) has gone and bombed Syria and complicated relations with Russia.

I will be curious to see how all this plays out. In the mean time, it’s definitely time to play 2004’s Team America: World Police song. Satire or not, this timeless classic really should be America’s national anthem:

I saw a rather balanced article on the possible demise of ESPN here. To recap, competitors of ESPN and right-leaning news outlets have been signaling the demise of ESPN due to falling subscriber rates and the network being on the hook for lots of money for future sporting events with a bunch of money (and trouble) coming due in 2021 for ESPN. The right-leaning news outlets are claiming the falling subscriber rates are probably due in large part to ESPN injecting left-leaning politics into their shows. In the article, I came across this section:

As a former ESPN subscriber who has not fully cut the cord, I believe I’m in a unique position to give some insight as to why I dropped ESPN. I used to watch ESPN primarily for two reasons:

1. To watch sporting events, and
2. To watch sporting events’ highlights or lowlights.

My ESPN viewing started dropping in the last half of the 2000s because the network became more and more talk heavy. SportsCenter, where I previously could see highlights, transitioned to mostly talk. I still watched ESPN, though, but not as much. By the early 2010s, I was watching ESPN for some shows with sports personalities that I liked, mainly Pardon the Interruption with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon and SportsNation with Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd. But, I wasn’t watching sports or the sports highlights shows because,

1. There was little actual sporting events on ESPN, and
2. The sports highlights shows showed few highlights.

Then Michelle Beadle left SportsNation and Pardon the Interruption became too political. I stopped watching PTI at some point in the summer of 2013 when Kornheiser and Wilbon were on one of their extended breaks from the show and I looked up on the internet where the hell they were and I found that they were golfing with then-POTUS Barack Obama. Honestly, this really annoyed me for two reasons:

1. I was finding Obama’s and the left’s politics to be increasingly annoying at the time, and
2. PTI golfing with the POTUS confirmed to me that PTI would continue to inject politics into the show and that injection of politics would continue to annoy me.

After that, I didn’t watch ESPN or its sister channels anymore. It wasn’t a boycott, there just wasn’t anything on the channel that I was interested in. If I didn’t have kids, I would have cut the cord several years ago, but my kids love some of the shows on the kids channels and basic cable. A couple of years ago, Verizon FiOS (which I have and like the service) made an option where you could subscribe to two channel packs for a low price. I got on the offer to reduce my bill and chose the kids channels and stupidly, sports. After almost a year, I found that I never watched ESPN at all and when I went to watch a game that I wanted to see, it was on a channel that was not in the sports channel pack. So, I switched it to kids and basic cable channels and have never looked back, as I don’t watch cable TV anymore (only my kids do).

As for politics, I’m politically interested and those on the left would consider me right-leaning now, even though I don’t consider myself to be. I stopped watching any news channel towards the beginning of the 2000s because they’re the worst channels on TV beyond QVC and I got higher speed internet then. The author’s assumption that I would have to do away with my news channels is wrong, because my political news has come exclusively from the internet for 15 years.

So, several factors have gone into my dropping of ESPN. While my dropping of ESPN was not exclusively due to it becoming left-leaning, it can’t be denied that I was watching ESPN when it used to show sports and the final nail in its coffin occurred when it became too political for me. Perhaps if its politics were a little more balanced I might have watched more, but I doubt it – I wanted to watch sports, not listen to talk. While this article I read had some valid points, the ones predicting ESPN’s collapse (here’s one the original article was referring to here and another one here) have some valid points too. It’s never wise to alienate potentially half of your viewership, either intentionally or unintentionally, and it’s something that ESPN seems to want to admit to having done here, although they recently denied it here. It will be interesting to see how it plays out through 2021.