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.

The movie Red Dawn is a guilty pleasure of mine and I watch it every few years. I’m talking about the original 1984 film, not the shitty 2012 remake. The premise of Red Dawn, where Cuban troops, backed by the Soviet Union, suddenly invade the heart of America via Mexico, is preposterous, although people who lived in that time period and analyzed military strategy would love to tell you the sequence of events portrayed at the very beginning of the film and the attack vectors used by the invading troops were entirely plausible.

I find the ridiculousness of it mainly to be that the invasion happens without warning with the town’s residents seemingly oblivious to the fact that Mexico and the rest of central America became communist states and NATO had basically been dissolved in their timeline. Then there’s the fact that high school students help lead the resistance to the communist invasion magically learning war strategy and technology along the way and finding the time to write WOLVERINES all over everything before heading back to the mountains to camp. As one review at the time put it, “for too much of its running time, it’s just a childishly simplistic masturbatory fantasy for right-wing hebephrenics…”

But it’s still an entertaining movie and it’s one the left loves to hate. The recent hyperbolic hyperpartisan hyperventilation tm about Trump and his staff’s links to Russia makes me long for the days of the 1980s where the ridiculousness of Red Dawn pales in comparison to the current narrative of the mainstream media and the left. To review, the left believes that Russia has effectively performed a coup d’état of the United States without the use of military force by turning Trump and his staff. This isn’t a straw man argument given the articles and headlines I’ve read. The recent resignation of Flynn and Sessions being in the news is all the left needs as proof that this has happened. This is remarkable news for a couple of reasons, because under this theory:

A) the United States no longer exists, and
B) it represents the greatest intelligence failure or silent corruption, of any country’s intelligence community, ever

The theory first presented itself the day after Trump won the presidential election, which would mean at least some in the (former) United States intelligence community had to have known about it prior to election day and simply allowed or were forced to allow it to happen. Surely, someone would have spoken out the day before the election? No? Nevermind the ridiculousness of it all and that the left is now behaving worse than 1950s McCarthyism, I’m curious what the left’s movie treatment of the great Russian takeover of the United States will be like. I imagine it could be a thriller, like one of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novel-turned-movie treatments, like the Hunt for Red October where Alec Baldwin sniffs out the Russians.

But, I fear the movie would be more like Brokeback Mountain where Putin and Trump grow to have a love affair after they both meet on tumblr and discover they are gender fluid or something. I’m not sure who would portray Putin, but Trump would be played again, by Alec Baldwin, of course. In the movie, Rebels wearing pink vagina hats and pant suits repeatedly scream and shout “NOT MY PRESIDENT!” while furiously posting to social media that they are literally shaking, then Putin and Trump realize the errors of their ways in a heart to heart and give the United States to Hillary Clinton, the rightful and just dictator, as they ride off into the sunset back to Russia with everyone who didn’t vote for Clinton. I’m sure that’s a masturbatory fantasy of the current left-wing hebephrenics.

The movie is then nominated for an Oscar, but the wrong winner is announced.

P.S. I admit it, I had to look up what the hell a hebephrenic was.

Further Reading:  https://medium.com/theyoungturks/the-basic-formula-for-every-shocking-russia-trump-revelation-e9ae390d9f05#.l45kgmqfg

Two weeks ago I covered the dumpster fire that is facebook. This weekend’s turn is twitter. If facebook is a dumpster fire, twitter is a thermonuclear cesspool explosion of nonsense. I believe it’s a dying social media platform given that people never found a use for it other than to argue with one another. And argue they do. People are regularly threatened with their life (there was an article somewhere a week ago that said there had been 12,000 assassination threats against Trump on twitter alone), people are regularly doxed, and those from the right who become too popular are banned (like Milo Yiannopoulos). That’s really all I have to say about twitter, but I will probably continue to browse it from time to time until its death. Trump’s use of twitter and putting the twitter name in the news is probably the best thing to happen to it.

I recently started following Paul Joseph Watson (PJW) on twitter. I was aware of him before, but ignored him, mainly because I thought he was nuts. But he had a couple of videos shortly after Trump won that were the appropriate response to the left’s meltdown of Trump and the Republicans winning in the 2016 election. One of those videos is here:

“Hey Laci, when you single out an entire race of people for abuse because of their skin color, that’s textbook racism. Fuck you, you racist piece of shit.” The exact words and tone of voice for Laci Green’s tweet that was needed. Another gem:

“Trump being worse than a terror attack that killed thousands of people and led to wars that killed hundereds of thousands of more people? [hide yo wife, hide yo kids man] Y’all are dumb. You are really dumb. For real.”

In the past ten days to two weeks or so, PJW has stated seemingly a million times that conservatism is the new counterculture.

And now at least one “news” source has an article about PJW rebutting his new counterculture stance. As PJW notes, there’s fake news in the first paragraph, as he has not advocated pizzagate (at least I haven’t seen him say anything about it):

PJW wasn’t the first to say this and it’s been said before, not that buzzfeed is a reliable source of information, but it’s the only article that came up in my lazy google search.

PJW’s counterculture tweets are done to totally troll the left on twitter, and he seemingly admits to it, but there is more than a bit of truth to it.

Believe it or not, for most of my adult life, I’ve considered myself to be somewhat counterculture. Over 20 years ago now, I was an undergrad at the University of MD and was in a class that was both undergraduate and graduate. In this class was a woman older than me (then) and probably in her 30s and, I hate to have to say this given that I’m going to have to say some identifying information, was rather stupid. One day she came to class in the lab before the professor arrived and was walking around to each person showing them her new tattoo, the Chinese symbol for water, on the back of her neck. Everyone said things like “oh that’s really nice!” Then, when she got to me, the conversation went like this:

Her: Want to see my new tattoo?
Me: Yes.
Her: <showing me the tattoo on the back of here neck> It’s the Chinese symbol for water.
Me: So do you know Chinese?
Her: <gives me quizzical look> No.
Me: So you have someone in your family that knows Chinese?
Her: <giving me a very quizzical look as if she was asking herself why the hell am I asking her these questions> Uh…no.
Me. Uh, ok. Well it looks nice.
Her: <smiling> Thanks!

I figured she had at least verified that it was indeed the Chinese symbol for water. She obviously had not. This was a solid five years prior to the start of the cliché joke that people go out and get Chinese symbols as tattoos that probably say something like “I’m an idiot” without them ever knowing it. I had kicked around getting a tattoo up until that point. Then with that conversation, I decided I would never get a tattoo. During college, it was obvious that, despite what people said, they were getting tattoos to be “cool” or announce themselves as being “different” or they thought it was cool to be different. The problem is, when everyone does the same thing to be different, they’re no longer different.

I never got a tattoo and I’m certainly different. In my age group, racial group, and geographic location, I would estimate some 80% of people have tattoos. I’m not saying I dislike tattoos, or people who have them, some tattoos are true works of art and look amazing on the people who have them. But, the fact that I don’t have a tattoo does mean I’m counterculture when it comes to tattoos. I’m also counterculture in many other areas – I don’t subscribe to the two party political system, I try to critically think, and I try to be proactive, rather than reactive. I also do things like refuse to carry any debt (and never have) beyond a mortgage payment and car payments, if I have them. I also make wildly odd statements (for this day and age) like in my first blog post where I said I hope the President of the United States is successful. I even believe that people who say racists things about white people are…wait for it…wait for it some more…racist towards white people. Counter to current culture, huh?

I remember talking along these lines to a colleague several years ago. He happened to be gay. At some point in the conversation, I had to explain that even though I don’t own a gun and likely never will, I believe in the second amendment and the right to own guns, just like I don’t have to be gay to believe gays should be allowed to marry. After all, the people who founded America believed that freedom of speech was the very first thing that needed to be protected and the right to bear arms the second. The constitution and the bill of rights helped turn America into the leader of the free world. Thus, I don’t believe in the darling argument of the left that all guns should be banned (that’s not a strawman BTW). The fact that I don’t fall along traditional American political lines and refuse to be forced into them makes me counterculture as well. Surely, PJW and his counterculture comments are part rebuttal to the groupthink that occurs on the left?

PJW and the right is indeed a counterculture these days – the majority culture in America is now between left and far left, as some aspects of the original counterculture movement of the 60s have been mainstream for a while now. In some respects, simultaneously being born a straight white male and identifying as a straight white male is counterculture. But the reality is, one just needs to be able to think for themselves to be counterculture. That is an attitude that is opposed to and at variance with the prevailing social norm and something PJW and I have in common.

Lots of chatter started about the Oroville Dam today and whether or not it will fail when the next round of heavy rain comes in. If it fails, it seems likely it will be towards Monday or Tuesday of next week. That will be in the middle of approximately 10 inches of forecasted rain from Sunday through Wednesday with another couple of inches prior to that.

This comes after the dam nearly failed last weekend and in the most unsurprising news story ever, it was revealed that officials were warned that the exact scenario that happened could have happened. The only real question about the inevitable news that came out was how long ago were they warned? In this case it was back in 2005.

Also, somehow this is Trump’s fault according to fearless investigative journalists:

Meanwhile, my twitter feed has displayed this picture a couple of times:

Regardless of the politics in the top half of the image, the question posed in the bottom half seems very relevant right now (if you’re someone who doesn’t believe Trump should have been on top of things back in 2005 or when the dam was built in 1967-68).

Just as stupid, this debacle comes after repeated alarmism of a permanent drought in CA up through last Fall – news articles were constantly appearing stating this up to less than five months ago. A similar situation happened with Texas, where Texas was supposedly in a permanent drought for years before getting rained on. Heavily. For years. It’s almost as if “scientists” don’t understand how climate works, or maybe, just maybe, these “experts” have an agenda.