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Posted on 30 March 2017 by ~baba

There is an EVIL nest of vipers in the White House, they are destroying our clean air and clean water programs, it’s legal now to dump toxic coal ash into clean running water, poisonous mining sludge too, into our clean drinking water. They are letting coal and oil burn at an increasing rate and will poison the air too. They are Republicans and tried to pass a bill that would give millions of dollars to the wealthy and corporations and to take away most of the medical coverage the Affordable Care Act is now providing to millions of Americans.

They are also are trying to pass a budget that stops the arts, public broadcasting, veterans assistance, eldercare, preschool, meals on wheels for older people and disabled, as well as veterans, stop food stamps, WIC program providing nutrition to families with children, Aid to Dependent Children, housing, and many other social programs. This EVIL nest of vipers was brought into power with billions of dollars from Russia, the Russian intelligence services and American traitors now in high government positions. We must stop all of this or America won’t be worth living in anymore. Do something, call, write, protest, put a sign in your yard, wear a shirt protesting this. Don’t stop.
Be the resistance, be an American fighting injustice, fight for your country, don’t let this continue, RESIST

-baba

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Trumped by Trump

Posted on 10 January 2017 by Thraxxus

presidenttrumpLet us begin by conveying the fact that I despise Donald Trump. Truly. The creature is truly filth with legs. He is racist. He is sexist. He has even been accused of being a child rapist. To be frank, I would enjoy watching a badger fight a wolverine inside his anus over a territorial dispute. I digress.

Here is the truth people: Trump is being sworn in as the President of the United States. You can complain. You can go kicking and screaming. You can beat a bag of kittens with a bag of puppies. None of that will change the fact this mongrel is going to have his finger on the button, so to speak – and we let it happen. That is really a big part of the problem isn’t it? Complacency. We Americans are masters at being complacent – which is ironic given how this country was founded on the idea of being the exact opposite of taking the shit that the oligarchs were throwing down our throats and enjoying it. Instead, our forefathers opted to voice their challenges, and when ignored, took up arms to prevent tyranny.

We gave in to fear.

We gave into ignorance.

We gave into hatred.

We failed, miserably.

We know what we did, and we hate ourselves for it.

I didn’t vote for Trump. Hell, most of us didn’t, in the popular vote that is. So I could take the high road here and blame the twats that did vote for the shit bag – but really that is just more of the same – passing blame onto someone else instead of owning my own complacency. You see, I, like the rest of you, just sort of counted on the idea of Trump becoming President as being so obviously ludicrous that I assumed that logic would prevent the stupidity of contesting reality. I was wrong, just like you.

However, we deserve it. Don’t we? Consider what happened within the glorious confines of the Democratic Party – and no I am not referring to Obama. We can discuss him in another piece – one where I will discuss the disgusting hypocrisy that is the Republican Party – as well that the general two faced nature of American politics on the whole. Here, I am referring to the nightmare created by a sociopathic party line that took a free thinker in Bernie Sanders and torpedoed him with over exaggerations of Socialism, a clearly misunderstood concept by the populace in question, thanks again ignorance, with the intent of dismissing any hope of actual reform – trading the souls of the damned in our species for more of the same. A Corporatocracy.

And we accepted that – as if it was entirely okay. Who do we think we are? Pathetic.

So really, we can stand around and point fingers at the system, those who didn’t vote, the media.. blah blah.. or you can accept the fact that we, or more specifically you, are the problem. We the few, the uneducated, the ignorant, the cowardly,  the inept, the completely checked out. We are complacent – and it has cost us, at the least, the next four years. Accept it – or do something more – contest it all.

Or learn to goose step – it may be a requirement for our society soon enough.

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A Bit on White Privilege

Posted on 21 February 2016 by Thraxxus

1426514903074.cachedWhite Privilege is a theory that people have a major advantage in the United States, and arguably in many other locations, over anyone else who is not white. The main basis is that white people tend to have things easier – Jobs come easier, college and other forms of education, and even laws are applied to white people differently than anyone else – especially African Americans. Bringing this concept up to practically any white person, especially a male, and the response is typically “I sure don’t feel privileged!”  – and chances are that they don’t – this isn’t simply a snarky response. So what is the issue then? Why don’t don’t white people feel privileged?

White Privilege isn’t really something that white people would actively feel, in fact it is really the opposite that is in effect – a weird paradox if you will. White Privilege stems from the concept that you are simply treated as closely to being an actual person than not over others races who are treated as less valuable – aka underprivileged. What does that mean? A white person can go into a corner store, practically anywhere, and nobody will even look in their direction. “Just a white dude.” As such, said white guy can go about his merry business of being a consumer without being harassed in any fashion. This ability to be virtually invisible surely does not feel like a privilege until one considers the opposite – a black man walking into that same corner store. In that instance, same possibility of purchasing something, money works the same, clothing could be the same, yet something different transpires. The black man is looked at with suspicion for having done absolutely nothing wrong. He is underprivileged, which in turn means that the white man is privileged – again for having done nothing right nor wrong in either direction.

All of this happens to be based on the basic concept of socialized perception. In the stated instance the black man is being pre-judged based on what society, on some level, has programmed those around him to think: black males are dangerous. Isn’t that very concept – the predilection that white people are safer than black people to be around, the foundation for racism, and as such, also for White Privilege? Haven’t we set the black male up for failure simply by having this predisposition of his potential failure in place. “You will fail. If you don’t fail, we will tell you that you will fail again. And Again. And again. People will watch you under a microscope, and after enough time, with enough applied pressure, chances are you will fail, and then we can all say ‘SEE!? We knew you would fail, Black Man!'”

What an atrocity.

Curt-Johnson-pedophile-242x300Now let us consider a particular case of White Privilege: Samuel Curtis “S. C.” Johnson III, the 59-year-old billionaire heir to the S. C. Johnson & Sons, raped a 12 year old girl. Simple set of facts here: Samuel is super wealthy. Samuel raped a 12 year old girl. Samuel is a white man. Samuel also just got sentenced to only FOUR MONTHS in prison for the confirmed rape of his 12 year old step-daughter. Ponder that for a moment. It isn’t just that he raped a 12 year old girl, it was also his step daughter, someone he should be expected to protect! Not Samuel, though. Samuel instead opted to use his financial power, and position as the girl’s stepfather, to exact rape onto her – and he basically got away with it. One could argue that four months in prison for a billionaire is a big deal – which is a bullshit statement – after all he could get out in 60 days on good behavior. Ponder that crap for a moment.

Now let us apply a similar situation to basically any black male in the United States of America. Let us pretend that Barry, a black male, works for minimum wage, rapes his step daughter. Barry will get tried, if he isn’t first killed being apprehended, and convicted and will be sentenced to, at the least, 8 years in prison (the statistics imply that it will be more like 12-20 years), and his life will basically be over. Deserved? Yes! Rape is one of the most heinous crimes one person can do to another, especially to a child. The argument here is not whether Barry should or should not go to prison for what he did being right or wrong – the argument here is why does Barry go to prison for the proper allotted amount of time for that crime whereas Samuel does not.

The answer presented to the public is simple: Affluenza. The argument is that Samuel is a super important person, and his family does lots of stuff for the community, as such, Samuel should not go to prison for very long as doing so would stifle his ability to “help the community” – you know, by maybe raping yet another child, one probably under his care. The argument here is ridiculous to the extreme, and really is the sort of argument that lead to events like The French Revolution. Privileged powerful people taking advantage of position and power to the extreme, over and over again, until the poor, crushed, disheartened, and rage filled masses take matters into their own hands and destroy the privileged few. I digress.

The fact of the matter is there is a pretty good chance that had we replaced Samuel with another white male, we’ll call him Chester, that Chester may have gone to prison for the same amount of time as Barry. Statistically, however, that typically isn’t the case. In fact, that white privilege thing kicks in, yet again, and as such Chester would have received a lesser sentence than Barry – for the exact same crime. Chester may not know, or at least feel, that his white privilege saved him YEARS of prison time, but the fact remains that it would have. You know who would probably have known the difference? The black male who received a longer sentence – something he has grown to expect because he lacks white privilege. So you see, if you are white, you may not feel privileged, but you should be aware of the fact that you are – simply because you are treated by most people to not be a threat of any kind – whereas basically everyone else is – and that, my friends, is what we call inequality.

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Paris Attacks and the GIGN

Posted on 08 January 2015 by guybehindtheguy

Guess the perps of yesterday’s attacks didn’t do their homework…

GIGN is one of the SOF units with real world experience against terrorism.
220px-LOGO-GIGNGIGN will commit forces to situations where the odds are insurmountably stacked against them. Not only this but Legion etrangere are a mercenary force like no other. We often make fun of France’s fate over the past world wars, Algeria, and Vietnam. True, their present record is abysmal. This is because commitment has always waned. If France goes all in…
To me there is a disconnect in all of this – where are the Islamist voices against these obvious religiously motivated attacks? Violence begets violence. The West has absolutely no problem killing in the name of freedom, so any violent attack against it will only lead to further violence against The Middle East and anywhere “Radical Islam” exists. Is history repeating itself? Are we in the midst of a modern crusade?
Consider this… When an oil well catches fire there are few methods by which such a fire can be extinguished… Each method employs an extreme amount of violence of action. Fire fighters (those we consider life savers are trained in the most prolific forms of passive aggression). Fighting fire with fire is used in more cases than just this. Could conclusions be drawn from this analogy?

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Stereotyping, Profiling and Paranoia.

Posted on 29 December 2014 by Thraxxus

Stereotype map, the world according to Americans

I met this guy for lunch. We were told that we needed to meet to discuss this business thingy that we were both working on. I told him my name, he said his name was Terry. We shook hands. We were quickly sat at a table in this typical American restaurant where they serve basically something from every cultural background in some limited fashion. The menu, suffice it to say, was massive.

Our conversation was odd and got me to thinking, it is listed below:

Me: Terry, where is your last name from?

Him: I am Italian.

Me: Oh! What part of Italy?

Him: Well my family immigrated there, they live in the north.

Me: Immigrated from where?

Him: Spain. My grandfather’s business expanded there so that is where my father was raised, Northern Italy.

Me: Ah but you are of Spanish decent?

Him: Technically, no. I have Moorish blood in me as a result of the invasion that happened years ago.

Me: How do you know that? You don’t look like you are from Northern Africa.

Him: Well that was centuries ago. My family did one of those ancestry lookups and it lead there.

Me: Do you follow Islam?

Him: Nope. I am a Catholic.

Me: So you are an Italian, Spanish, North African Catholic?

Him: Me? Nope. I was born in the United States. Los Angeles to be specific.

Me: Wow! i was born there too.

I laughed.

Why did it matter where he was from? Why did I even ask? At the end of our conversation I had learned absolutely nothing of value about him that would enlighten me as to his perspective in the upcoming discussion we were about to have – the real reason we were having lunch to begin with. The answer is that we prefer to have a point of reference to reality – humans like to have a starting point. Thus, I asked all of that to try to get myself a point of reference to the man sitting in front of me, when in fact it gives me none – if anything, it only made our conversation more strained as he could have taken my questions very badly.

This leads us to the over-arching concept, and a hot topic within our society presently – stereotyping, also known by professionals as profiling. The concept is simple – look at someone in a category, or series of categories, that you have identified them to be in and suddenly you know quite a bit about the person before having been told anything about them directly. This concept seems logical, except in many instances it totally isn’t – such as the example I stated – I received  a list of nationalities that describe this person, and in the order I heard them, I could have made a series of judgments and expectations about this guy, all being dismissed in order with new information revealed – thus my point of reference changing because it was constantly proven to be wrong.

This lead me to consider how we profile people in day to day life. For instance, there is a load of racially charged turmoil in the USA right now regarding the Police and how they interact with various races – the Black community to be specific. Is it fair that the Police seem to profile Black Males in our society? Many arguments have been made in both directions – but it seems that there is a fundamental flaw in the arguments for racial profiling: If you look hard enough at something you will find what you want to find. With regards to the Black Male population in the USA – if scrutinized, blamed, and profiled enough, over and over again, then eventually people are twisted into what you blamed them for to begin with – a self fulfilling prophecy.

Therein lies the crux of the problem. Instead of giving people a chance for not being what you assume them to be, we treat them as if they have already committed a crime simply for being a part of a group of people that are labeled as criminals – wrongfully. We profile black males to be criminals, treat them as such, and thus we look at their lives under a microscope and find whatever it we can. Face it, everyone breaks some law almost every day. Why? We can’t possibly know all the laws. Speeding to work? I did it just today. So if I put a black male under a microscope at some point I am going to catch him breaking a law, even if he didn’t knowingly do so, and now I have a reason to say “SEE?!?! BLACKS BREAK THE LAW!!” Preposterous – yet it happens daily.

The tough part is learning to set that aside, as we have all, in some fashion, been programmed to think that way. Why? The assumption is that it works. Why? Consider how people of Arabic decent are considered at airports. At present the USA government identifies terrorists as being mostly of Arabic decent (totally ignoring the USA born white, christian guys that blew up buildings). Consequently the airports look a lot harder at people of Arabic decent because chances are a terrorist is of Arabic decent. Has it held true? Nope. And yet we continue to do so.

If we, as a race, are to actually get past racism, we must get past the idea that someone always fits into a mold. Sometimes, yes, a person can fit a mold – hell they can even be the mold – but since that is not always the case, or in many instances isn’t even close to being accurate, then why do we continue to stereotype others? The sad truth is insecurity – humans are insecure creatures on a singular basis, and cultures, on a whole, are down right paranoid. Ironically, the more paranoid we get, the harder we look, the worse we treat certain people, causing them to distrust us in kind, and thus facilitating even worse relations leading us back to the beginning – being paranoid.

Congratulations – we have an endless cycle.

 

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Wild Boys – Why Practice What You Preach?

Posted on 25 November 2014 by Thraxxus

congressIn case you live under a rock, or avoid all versions of the sham that we call Mass Media in the USA, then you don’t know the gloriously sad, albeit oddly ironic, news that President Obama has planned to sign yet another Executive Order  – what was this one about? Immigration! What does it do?

“The executive action will have two key components:

  1. It would offer a legal reprieve to the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who’ve resided in the country for at least five years. This would remove the constant threat of deportation. Many could also receive work permits.
  2. It would expand the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allowed young immigrants, under 30 years old, who arrived as children to apply for a deportation deferral and who are now here legally. Immigrants older than 30 now qualify, as do more recent arrivals.”

Ok, so we could debate whether that is a good thing or not. Heck, loads of people are, in fact, some are going so far as wanting to impeach El Hefe. I know right? I am not going to expand on my perspective on the subject but I will talk a bit about the tremendous amount of hypocrisy that is tossed around by the illustrious members of our government. So sit back, Ladies and Gentlemen, and enjoy the show.

Every point discussed in this article can be found on this wiki listing or at this site.

“After researching public records, newspaper articles, civil court transcripts, and criminal records, Capitol Hill Blue discovered that:

* 29 members of Congress have been accused of spousal abuse.

* 7 have been arrested for fraud.

* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks.

* 117 have bankrupted at least two businesses.

* 3 have been arrested for assault.

* 71 have credit reports so bad they can’t qualify for a
credit card.

* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges.

* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting.

* 21 are current defendants in lawsuits.

* And in 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving, but released after they claimed Congressional immunity.”

Let us consider a few:

“Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) was arrested on December 23, 2012 and later pleaded guilty to drinking and driving in a Virginia court. The court fined him 250 dollars. He was sentenced to 180 days in prison, but served no time.”

– I loved this one as one of the arguments made by members of Congress is immigrants not being responsible drivers.

Rick Renzi (R-AZ) on June 12, 2013 was found guilty of 17 of the 32 counts against him, including wire fraud, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators. (2013)”

– You know, all immigrants break the law! They ignore it! Oh wait, so does this guy.

Samuel B. Kent (R) The Federal District Judge of Galveston, Texas was sentenced on May 11, 2009, to 33 months in prison for having lied about sexually harassing two female employees. He had been appointed to office by George H. W. Bush in 1990. (2009)”

– Maybe if the females that he harassed were illegal aliens then maybe they wouldn’t have come forward. Granted amnesty to immigrants can only lead to more coming forward about the wrong doings made against them right? Horrible!

Trey Radel (R-FL) was convicted of misdemeanor possession of cocaine in November, 2013. As a first time offender, he was sentenced to one year probation and fined $250. Radel announced he would take a leave of absence, but did not resign. Later, under pressure from a number of Republican leaders, he announced through a spokesperson that he would do so. (2013)”

– Wait, he used drugs? Those pesky illegals, always bringing in the drugs – and if we make them citizens then it will be easier for them to traffic drugs here right? Obviously.

Any time I think of Congress I recall the Duran Duran song, Wild Boys, perfectly describes the members of Congress.

Consider these lyrics:

“You got sirens for a welcome
There’s bloodstain for your pain
And your telephone been ringing while
You’re dancing in the rain
Wild boys wonder where is glory
Where is all you angels
Now the figureheads have fell
And lovers war with arrows over
Secrets they could tell”

Have a listen:

Glorious!

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A Dream Unfulfilled.

Posted on 28 August 2013 by Thraxxus

alincolnThe Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the Unites States of America, on January 1, 1863. The purpose of the document was to state that all remaining slaves in the United States of America were considered freemen. “The Proclamation did not compensate the owners, did not itself outlaw slavery, and did not make the ex-slaves (called freedmen) citizens. It made the eradication of slavery an explicit war goal, in addition to the goal of reuniting the Union.“(Wikapedia) This Proclamation was not well received by the ten states in the country that at that time still held that slavery was their right. Clearly matters of opinion varied greatly – with the lives of 4 million transplanted Africans, and their decendents, being at stake.

The End of the Civil War brought about the end of slavery within the United States of America, continuing on to today. This event, the freeing of slaves through war, is considered by many to be one of the greatest conflicts of sacrifice in the country’s history. It is believed by many to have been a success, the act of sacrifice, so that all people in the nation can truly be free and equal, as the Declaration of Independence stated:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The question remains, however, are we, the citizens of the United States of America, truly free and equal within our own nation? Today marks the anniversary of the greatest meeting of the equality movement in the USA as well as the famed speech given by Martin Luthor King Jr. In that speech King declares the following:

“Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today,
signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great
beacon of hope to millions of slaves, who had been seared in the flames of
withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their
captivity. But one hundred years later, the colored America is still not free.
One hundred years later, the life of the colored American is still sadly
crippled by the manacle of segregation and the chains of
discrimination.

One hundred years later, the colored American lives on a
lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.
One hundred years later, the colored American is still languishing in the
corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land So we
have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.”

Has anything changed since Dr. King’s speech? Some argue yes. They point to the fact that Barack Obama, a man of mixed race, Caucasian and Black, has risen to the highest station in the country – President. This alone is heralded by many as proof that the country has truly changed. However, we still need to answer the question: Are we all free and equal?

To answer this question we must first consider the following points:

  1. There remains a great divide in pay levels in the USA between men and women, black and white, young and old.
  2. The military still splits out duties between gender. (They are working on changing this.)
  3. Heterosexuals and Homesexuals still have different rights.
  4. Islamist extremists are called terrorists, Christian Extremists are called confused.
  5. Medical insurance is now required for all members of society, except for Congress, the Senate and the President, whom all are granted a higher level of medical insurance for life – for free.
  6. Tax brackets vary dependent on how much money you made.
  7. Schools, from state to state, do not teach the same material.
  8. State taxes are not equivalent.
  9. The right to bear arms is not executed in the same fashion in each state.
  10. Corporations are still supplied exemptions from rules of law that apply to citizens.

Simply put, are we free and equal? How can we say that we are with that list? A list that is not complete of examples. How can we sincerely state that we have created a nation of freedom, liberty and equality when we don’t have every one of those attributes for all of our citizens? Aren’t we, on some level, being dishonest with ourselves and even hypocritical? “We are all free and equal, except those people!” How is that right? How is that fair? How is that what this nation was founded on – the principles we say that we all hold so dear.

Dr. King, wherever you are, the struggle goes on. Abraham Lincoln lead us through the first fight, you lead us through the second and for that we are forever grateful to the two of you. However, we have let you down. We have failed you. We have not fulfilled your wonderous dream. All Men and Women, regardless of ethnic background, color, language, or sexuality are not considered equal – saying anything otherwise is being dishonest, or worse, blind to the truth.

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Fear Tactics

Posted on 24 July 2013 by Valkyrie

fearful-faceFear is everywhere, we are driven by it. It is the one emotion that drives most of our decisions and molds our lives. Stop long enough to deconstruct most choices we, as a western society makes, and it seems pretty apparent.

Fear is inevitable it seems – in case you haven’t mastered the emotion properly, we are made sure to feel and create it through viewing television, movies, news, commercials, etc.

As a kid I used to ask my parents over and over again why the news stations and newspapers always showed bad news. Horrific stories usually wrapped around war, greed, scandal, crime, etc. Why? Why weren’t these sources filled with positive, heroic, and/or inspirational stories? My parents never had answers for me.

As an adult, I am coming to the conclusion that we are being fed fear by Main Stream Media, Government, and other venues on purpose to keep us in line – “Fear! Terrorism! Enemies! Evil-doers!”- It is what we hear time and time again, every single day. Just like that of a leaky faucet – hear it long enough and you become entranced or hypnotized to the feeling of fear, not even realizing that we absorb it and make the feeling our own. So it seems, we then mold this manipulated fear and lash out with hate and wanting recompense for the agitation we feel inside, which sadly leads down ugly paths… even war, in my opinion. Fear it seems, makes followers.

However, fear can be a good thing – when not force fed and presented in a way to support an already manipulated agenda. And I do believe my above paragraph is a way to get us fearful to support such agendas. Fear keeps the masses obedient to the ‘super powers’ that we call Government or the others that are ‘in charge’, so to speak.

I think the only thing that we, as a society, should fear is what is in store for our own and most definitely, our children’s futures. Seems the very few ‘elite’ hold the reigns as to our destination as a country and it doesn’t seem like a very positive path. More war, more greed, more economic crisis’ is always looming, and it seems to grow at a far quicker pace as of late. Keep we, the people, afraid of what they are claiming to be truth – wrap it in more fear, and we all just go along with the program. Fear will do that; keep us from questioning our very own ‘elected’ as to the best intent for our country.

My wish is that this all-consuming and manipulated fear tactic turns into a public awakening and we turn said fear into strength and bravery to come together and fight for what really needs to be done, just like other countries do. Why doesn’t America rally together? If they do, like the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement or the ‘Millions Against Monsanto’ movement, they just seem to be highlighted as idiots to whom we are told and informed not to agree with. So the separation happens amongst ourselves and we then squabble over trite differences, while the higher ups get away with their real agendas. Fear and separation works wonders… Just look to our past.

Fear – it’s a dreadful feeling, seriously. But sadly, in this day and age it is the driving force of how this world that we live in operates. Manipulated fear is like wearing shackles and letting another person hold the key. Our fate is then in their hands and we have no say or control to the outcome, unless we stop being manipulated and break the fear cycle that blares at us daily. I admire other countries that rally together, and as a steadfast ‘oneness’ they stand up against such fears that try to oppress. I hope for our sakes, we will do the same in this country… soon.

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Janie’s Got a Gun

Posted on 19 July 2013 by Thraxxus

gun-guns-ammoThe other day my six year old starts asking me about guns. Why? He is six, and six year old boys are generally fascinated with all things fighting and killing oriented. Why? Boys do that. Sadly, my wife and I tried to curb that for quite  a while, he somehow managed to graduate to this way of thinking when he was four; we still try to put up a good fight, but sometimes I can’t help but take him to see movies like Pacific Rim (film about giant robots fighting giant monsters – I know guilty as charged). My son loves to ask open ended stuff, usually questions that actually have no answer, such as “Daddy, what if we were all half Rhino?” No answer really – outside of sarcasm, and with a six year old it is best to avoid sarcasm, unless its obvious, because they may take you serious – cognitive thinking not being wired in until age seven and all that.

“Daddy what are guns used for?”

This was not one of those questions. My mind raced at the question. I went through the myriad of reasons that the National Rifle Association likes to bring up:

“The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in defense of self, family and country is ultimately self-evident and is part of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution,” he said. “Reduced to its core, it is about fundamental individual freedom, human worth and self-destiny. We reject the notion that American gun owners must accept any lesser amount of freedom in order to be accepted among the international community.”

So according to them it is about Freedom. Is that true? Is the argument then that the lack of owning a gun means that you aren’t free? I don’t own a gun and I still have the same freedoms as my friend who does. Is it more about fighting tyranny then – fighting those that would use a gun against the free to enslave them, or worse, kill them outright? The right to Bear Arms is in the Bill of Rights, and I can’t say I disagree with the concept of fighting tyranny, I mean who can? But still, Ghandi fought against tyranny and never used a gun, not once; in fact the man was staunchly opposed to them. How did he fight tyranny? He sat down. Seems counter to the concept the NRA has going on.

Then I pondered that concept of home defense against an intruder. I found this information on justfacts.com :

* Roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 or 67% were committed with firearms.[11]

* A 1993 nationwide survey of 4,977 households found that over the previous five years, at least 0.5% of households had members who had used a gun for defense during a situation in which they thought someone “almost certainly would have been killed” if they “had not used a gun for protection.” Applied to the U.S. population, this amounts to 162,000 such incidents per year. This figure excludes all “military service, police work, or work as a security guard.”[12]

* Based on survey data from the U.S. Department of Justice, roughly 5,340,000 violent crimes were committed in the United States during 2008. These include simple/aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, rapes, and murders.[13] [14] [15] Of these, about 436,000 or 8% were committed by offenders visibly armed with a gun.[16]

* Based on survey data from a 2000 study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology,[17] U.S. civilians use guns to defend themselves and others from crime at least 989,883 times per year.[18]

* A 1993 nationwide survey of 4,977 households found that over the previous five years, at least 3.5% of households had members who had used a gun “for self-protection or for the protection of property at home, work, or elsewhere.” Applied to the U.S. population, this amounts to 1,029,615 such incidents per year. This figure excludes all “military service, police work, or work as a security guard.”[19]

* A 1994 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 498,000 times per year.[20]

* A 1982 survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S. found:[21]

• 34% had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”

• 40% had decided not to commit a crime because they “knew or believed that the victim was carrying a gun”

• 69% personally knew other criminals who had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”[22]

Okay, so lots of people used guns in crimes, and some people either directly or indirectly used guns to prevent crimes, or what they thought were crimes. These statistics basically talk about guns being used on both sides of crime. George Zimmerman sure thought he was stopping a crime, right? Fair enough – s0 guns are for the war on crime or is this back to the concept of freedom? Free people shouldn’t have to worry about crime right? Seem legit – however, it also seems a bit naive. If humans were all super duper to each other then crime wouldn’t be a problem, but we know that isn’t the case – millions of people have been killed in history for all the dumbest reasons possible – both with guns and without – not sure how guns prevented, or could have prevented,  any of those murders – aka – crimes.

What about fun? I know, I know, guns are fun? My brother in law thinks so. He was a competition pistoleer in Texas, and rumor has it he was a damn good one. The stories he regaled me with were fascinating –  in truth I was riveted to them simply because, for some reason, they brought about the boy in me dreaming about the old west – guns fights and such. It turns out that the competitions he entered really had nothing to do with my childhood dreams, but still it was nifty to revist them through his talents. I searched the web for “Guns for fun” and these guys showed up. This is a site dedicated to groups that want to get together and shoot guns for fun. What really grabbed me was the map – almost all the groups are in the USA. I found that to be a bit odd. Are Americans really the only people on the Earth that like to shoot guns for fun?

What about war? Before the invention of the Gun, aka harnessing the power of sulfer to make gun powder, how was war conducted? It turns out that war was often times something men with honor did. Who knew? The Japanese, Chinese, many other asian cultures, and most of European countries were known for battles with honor. The Samurai were at the top of this list – why? They believed that the man who would kill another man had to do so personally – meaning with his hands and a blade. Killing was a personal thing, not something you did from a distance without thought. You had to mean to do it, and you had to live forever with the haunting image of the look in his eyes when you opened him up and let his blood spill on the field of battle. For some reason I respect this perception – killing should take courage and conviction, not randomness and no responsibility.

I stopped and looked back at my findings. Fun? Not a great reason. Home defense? Well if societal issues were taken care of, also not a great reason as this wouldn’t even be an issue. Tyranny? Same thing as home defense – the fault is with the how humans are – some anyway – greedy evil bastards. If those didn’t exist then again, no Tyranny. War? Nope, war was conducted prior to guns just fine thank you. We can argue that those things are problems and thus there is a need for guns, but is it a solution? THE SOLUTION?

What was the question again?

“Daddy what are guns used for?”

The answer, as it turns out, is rather simple: Killing. See the reasons we like to use for having a gun is not about the gun, but about the justification of killing. Guns were designed to kill, period. You can kill humans and animals with a gun. That is it. That is the purpose of a gun. There is no other purpose. All that other crap is about justifying the killing of said animal or human, which frankly are reasons that existed before the gun.

So there is my answer son. Guns are for killing. I looked him right in  the eye and said this “And never point a gun at someone unless you plan to kill them.” I wish everyone understood that.

 

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So the Government is Watching Us.

Posted on 12 June 2013 by Thraxxus

NSAThe government is watching you. If you haven’t been paying attention to the news, that is fine, as the government has been paying attention to you. Understand something: this is not new. Both the NSA and the FBI are now using the Patriot Act as it was intended to be used when it was written.  Don’t let all these liar politicians spell it out any other way to you. “We didn’t know!” Horseshit. They knew what it was going to be used for when it was written, that is why they wrote it, and that is why they made it law – and now it is being used.

How? The NSA ordered Verizon Wireless to turn over their phone records, all of them. Why? To upload that data in NSA databases and use it as a data mining resourse for finding potentially bad guys in the USA. Nifty. I find it terribly amusing how many people are mad at Verizon. Let me be clear here, they really didn’t have a choice. The NSA calls your cell phone company and tells you to turn over your records or you lose your frequency bank, ending your business over night. Believe me, that is what happened. What do you do? Right, you turn over the records. Is it the right thing to do, morally speaking? Nope. Is it the right thing to do for a business with shareholders? Tragically, yes. Apparently the ACLU is suing the NSA. ROFL. Good luck with that.

What about the FBI? Same thing. Grabbing records, loading them up, writing data mining robots to peruse said data, and flag anyone who might seem suspicious. Why is that a problem? As President Obama stated, if you want 100% security then you have to give up some freedoms right? We all want to be safe, and that has a price, freedom. The naivety displayed here is staggering in several ways:

  1. Did you really think that you were free prior to this event?
  2. Did you really think you weren’t already being monitored? Apparently this has been going on for six years, and now it is just public knowledge, meaning someone bothered to tell a new story about it. Nothing new people.
  3. Do you really believe that this is a new theory? Lots of oppresive regimes in history did the same thing coughnaziscough.
  4. But you didn’t do anything wrong, so why would someone be interested in you? Right?!

Look, the real issue here is not that it is happening at all, but rather where the lines are drawn. The reason for public outrage is that it was the general undrstanding that the Government was monitoring bad guys, right? And they did so with warrants, at one time, right? Patriot Act did away with the need for warrants. The scary part here is that line folks. Where is it drawn? If the government suddenly finds a blogger, like me, to be a threat because they ask questions about the government, then can’t they use those records against me in some fashion? Scary?

Hell yes.

Orwellian?

Worse.

What can you do about it?

Write your Congressman. Write your Senator. Peacefully protest. Stop using the services that are forced to cooperate with the Government. Who? Facebook. Google. Cell Phone Service Providers. Limit your usage or do away with them altogether.

So there is this list of products that have hit the web to “assist” you in avoiding all this surveillance crap and of course the more apocalyptic books that go into surviving a food crisis. Truth be told I am really interested in the food ones, especially given the Monsanto crap going on these days.

  1. This is a book that shows you what to do to deal with government big brother crap. They provide a long list of ways of trying to disappear from public view.
  2. Food crisis survival guide covers how to prepare for the coming perceived problems of foot shortage.
  3. Here is another book about surviving the food crisis. Ironically I have been growing a garden lately – this may get me to focus a bit on just what I will grow.
  4. I figured I would add in a Paleo Cook book, given how with a world wide melt down I can only conclude that processed foods would become a thing of the past. This one, along the same lines, really cracked me up given it refers to cavemen eating. Good times.
  5. Then we have the “How to survive a Pandemic” guide. Not sure how people know how to do that given that one hasn’t happened in well over 100 years, but still, why not check it out?

Good luck and godspeed. According to some, the Aliens get here soon, so it will be over then anyway.

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Four Score and …

Posted on 30 September 2012 by scanjack

“I want a nation without bureaucratic ties….. I don’t give shit about the modern ways!”

I walk this road alone for it is my life, and may only be lived by myself.

“Ah, hahahaha, hahah, ah! I’ve got a million of them!” the F’ing sales a$$ center bar, crowed out to all within, well, a city block I’d guess!

“Yeah, that’s it I think you are done.” she said in a matter of fact way. Just because you provided their nectar, didn’t mean you rated respect, especially since you were taking out your trade, from time to time, in the skin currency they dealt in day to day.

“You’re not the one, but you’re the only one…”

Are you lost yet? No worries, these things

“Hey now, all you sinners…put your lights on.”

In the early 1990’s the City and County of San Francisco spent a quarter of a million dollars on “Sewer Treatment Chemicals”.

… —…. Or did they?… — … No, they didn’t.

Hey! Dumbass told me the company lawyer worked out the contract that was signed prior to delivery and monetary transfer, such that it read for just that, and this, and well on paper it all looked above board.

Really?!? Yes, that is really what happened. No one F’ing cares. An officer of the court provides a document for his client, knowing full well the fraud of tax payer dollars this contract will facilitate, but not criminally obligate his client to…

The slavery.. Right, so I hate to break it to you, but the Civil War had just about nothing to do with slavery and most everything to do with money, and power.

Hey! Orca… yeah, she was really great in a nice stalker sort of way… threw me up on the hood of her car …

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DEA Dismayed

Posted on 29 September 2012 by scanjack

Hey, did I tell you about the DEA Agent I once knew? (Present/Past members of Blinkinblogs excluded)

Valley Joe.

Lord knows even Cain would not have set up shop there!

You ever think that moths, gnats, and the like which are prone to dive bombing you, really have a death wish?

“I close my eyes. Only for a moment, and the moments gone.”

Loaning one of your cars to a friend. Yeah, what could go wrong?!?

He robbed a navel station, ripped off some drug dealers, and F’d up your car most importantly.

True story.

Names have been change to protect my own a$$ 🙂

Timothy was about as straight laced as they come. Stanford MBA, growing into running the family business. His brother, Rob, not so much. Janitorial services with the late night “pep talk” drugs coursing through his veins

You ever know someone who signed up for the FBI and changed their mind, quite literally at the last minute… I mean at the freaking airport with a ticket on Uncle Sam’s dime? They, Uncle Sam, don’t take very kindly to this sort of behavior. Do you know how much money they spend vetting a “new recruit” to the bureau?!?

“You took your coat off, stood in the rain.”

Rob grew some of the best stuff I had ever seen. In his grandmother’s backyard. She had passed away, and the family left the place to him…you know, the one in the family that needed help, as it were. DEA brother never showed up to visit. What an F’ing idiot…although I have to give the man kudos for being a true family man and doing everything, no matter how misguided, he thought was needed to help “save” his sibling. Fine English family.

Have you ever served your government in an official, unofficial capacity? Well if you ever receive such a request, turn it down, run , do whatever it takes to avoid this. You probably have no idea what slimy, disgusting, inhumane crap passes for official, off the book, Uncle Sam service!

“…spent four years prostrate to the higher mind.”

 

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The Purple Hog

Posted on 29 September 2012 by scanjack

Some of the best times ever had were with my friends at The Purple Hog.

This was a hole in the wall pub in Deland, Florida. My god, it was a great place! They had small one to three person bands, that were flat out great! Did you hear the song about Mary? I mean there was of course really, something about Mary!

Haiti Relief Fund – Bush II “… just send your cash.” Managed by the Clintons.

“Alice. Alice. Who the F is Alice!”

She wore purple.

A big girl, circling like an Orca (the largest dolphin by the way, in case that has escaped your information retrieval system) and my having just dropped off my future ex-wife at the BART station, so she could go F her 10″ ex-boyfriend (last laugh, Heroin addict last I checked!) and stopped at a one of my favorite local delis, I noticed this car following me.

I think I should mention here that I didn’t know I was dropping her off to go F her ex. Some months later we bared all supposedly to each other before our pick up and leave for another state move. Right. She told me this tidbit After we had arrived in this new state, broke and searching for jobs in hopes of supporting our continuing education there.

“It doesn’t matter what I say. Long as I sing with inflection.”

The United States gives hundreds of millions in “aid” to Israel each and every year, in spite of soaring child poverty on their own streets. So the next time you hear one of the five hundred club in congress speaking about, well any bill for this or that, remember that they are only the best governing body that money can buy.

Sweet Orca waved me over a few streets away from the local deli. So it is probably here that I should mention that one of my favorite local deli’s was on the same block as a local porn shop, replete with “.25$ Video booths” or so the sign said. I think she mistook me for a patron of said sticky shop 🙂

“Alice doesn’t live here anymore.”

The Purple Hog had the most creative restroom wall art I have ever seen in my life! Having been to bars and rest stops in 30 or so states, including Hawaii, none can hold a candle to: “The angle of the dangle is inversely proportional to the length…” and such as that.

“Why should they go out to fight? They leave all that to the poor.”

Did you guess what it was about Mary?

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Failure

Posted on 28 September 2012 by scanjack

RNA

No, not “Epic Fail!”, or “FAIL!”. Really, that’s not it.

When we last left our reluctant, Really Nice A$$hole, he had recently checked out; died if you will, twice in fact. Having made the conscious decision to live, twice, and suffer through the most painful hours of his life, twice 😉 , he would quite honestly tell you that there really isn’t a failure to life; at least not his, and not feeling he is any more special than anyone else who has had their ups and downs in this existence, anyone else ‘s life for that matter. It’s subjective, or relative, or “whatever”, if you will. Knowing all of that and realizing that there is something truly amazing waiting for you after this life, doesn’t really cause one to feel any better when they are having to slog through the day to day bullshit of living.

So, what is the “Failure” title all about?

You really are such a great audience, and I thank you for the question.

Lucky, or not, you probably have a family. These are the people you are always there for, no matter the ups and downs in life, you WILL be there for each other. Then, we have our friends. If you are smart, like me, you realize that real friends are people that you put in the family category. You chose these people, and you put in the time with them, and will do everything you can for them just as if they are flesh and blood relatives. You, chose them. Everyone else, they are in the acquaintance file; numerous though they may be, you really only have so much time what with family, work and all that comes with life and the pursuit of the neo-American Dream of, “Just Getting By”.

We will get back to the story of our RNA (Really Nice A$$hole, come on people, keep up) in a little while.

Recent events have prompted the “Failure” flag to be waved high.

If you think that the violence in the middle east is about free speech, you have found failure. Since when is it EVER okay to commit acts of violence against relative innocents because they may appear to belong, however loosely, to a certain group that you believe to have offended you? One might understand going after someone who offended you. Doesn’t make it right, but most people realize that there is a cause and effect at work here. Going after people who appear to be one of the “Hoopaloomos” because a Hoopaloomo offended you, is not okay. No, really, it is not okay. Period. The violence being committed against this or that group in the middle east currently is Wrong. End of story. That, is the issue Not freedom of expression. Until you realize that, you are on the failure track.

Right, so we have had a slight interruption to express what seems to this tired, jaded writer a serious flaw in our collective mainstream thought process. Oh, and if you really think the U.S. Ambassador was killed due to an f’ing protest over an f’ing cartoonish movie, think again, or maybe for the first time.

When our intrepid RNA was fourteen he moved away from home. Still in High School and not from an affluent family, this was only made possible because he had friends; real friends as they have been summarily defined in our earlier texts. This move didn’t stick and it was not until he was sixteen that he found a way to be more or less independent. Friends.

Friends.

It isn’t quite apparent where RNA went off track. In fact, this defining moment may just as well not exist in spite of all the searching to pinpoint it. It may well be that one of you, our audience, spots this elusive “moment in time”.

Someone RNA once worked for stated that an obvious concern, noticed by co-workers even, was his tendency to express doubt in his own abilities. This was true, but only indicative of a greater truth. People have been known to state that they are their own worst critic, and they have high expectations for themselves. Having high expectations is only an idea; in practice one must demand this of oneself. Distraction, laziness, we aren’t really sure when and where the “demand” faded away.

You may well be wondering just WTF all of this has to do with the title of this long winded, ongoing dialog….. Alice. You remember Alice; the restaurant… or was it “Alice, Alice. Who the F is Alice?” or maybe “Alice doesn’t live here anymore.”?

Maybe we can skip to the punch-line and summarize to explain the Failure of which this post is about?

Have you ever….

No, you most probably have not. It’s okay, most people haven’t.

Out for a bite to eat and couple decent brews, today I was sorely reminded of why we have birth control. “OMG, right!?! Totally going to have our own reality tv show! Right?” I’d say it’s a perfect example of why you leave one bullet for yourself because the one before might not do the job, and well you wouldn’t want to be in that particular form of hell all by yourself.

Have you seen Alice?

Right, where were we? Ah, yes.

We were trying to move the story along to maybe, once and for all, finally get to the point. (That last sentence typed at 90 wpm with zero mistakes… go figure 😉 ).

Oh, hey, have you tried ChattedOut yet? It’s in the Google Play store. If you actually figure out the words for more than one level, you get to live when it all goes to shite 🙂

It seems we are stuck in some sort of broken concentric circle with this story. Forging ahead… or still back in time, but we have to establish our foundation, as it were.

I think it was Florida (see supporting post on the net somewhere: Why I believe in FBI’s you won’t find it… if you do the author will pay your $50.00 usd) that really derailed our intrepid RNA. Very odd state FL. Very, odd.

So we found these song lyrics from FL, circa 1999:

Ages – Lyrics in progress

If it has all been said before why all the voices?
Are you hearing me??
Can’t you feel the power of the ages….
Lives twist around you, can’t you hear
the colors that surround you?
Where do good intentions travel too?
You deal from the deck you’re given
Can tell you yes I indeed, my choices
are your peril.
Seen the dying. The drunk and dying.
Any more sad than the sobering dead??
Do you believe all that you’ve read?

Chorus:
Breathe, it’s still free, come on breathe!
You can’t be what you never attempt
Try harder, come on now!
Feel the power of the ages.
Don’t let it all be in vain!

The chapel’s on the hill, can you foot the bill?
Services rendered here, give us nothing but our fill.
Justice or mercy, choose now you must.
He hears the colors we live
Listen close, squint if you must don’t miss the thrill.
Oh yeah, it’s on the hill, ever as it was.
Time stands still before the power of the ages!

Chorus:
Breathe, it’s still free, come on breathe!
You can’t be what you never attempt
Try harder, come on now!
Feel the power of the ages.
Don’t let it all be in vain!

Standing tall we watch the fall
You never seem to realize the age is here
Deja vu is everything you do
Do you know HER?
Equinox of the Ages, she revels still….
Power reserved conquers the Evil you observe.

./*=>/ = != == (*_*)

Cutting to the chase…

Heh, you wish ;o)

There once was a guy who had to take 3 buses and the BART train to get to work. He worked the day through, and paid a bit extra for the “package” from his cousin, to include his own delivery back home. Six blocks from home, dark falling, he was not getting on well with the Mrs., so stopped off for a drink or two….

You wouldn’t believe the rest of the story anyway, so we shall skip it.

“…gonna die of fright. Here Comes. The Razors Edge.”

Once saw the Scorpions’ in  concert at a “Day on the Green” and they were great! Several years later, went to see them again, completely unprepared for the scene encountered at this venue. East Bay, CA, and the Red Cross volunteers were almost running up and down the aisles pushing condoms on the writhing teens. Seriously, these people were f’ing and carrying on in THE F’ING seats! So, no more concerts for fives years or so.

Prude, you say? LOFL, you have no idea; that was likely the most incongruous thing ever seen. It was as if the fog machines were pushing out psychotropic’s. It was really that disconnected from what you would consider reality.

“On a lone and lonesome highway, east of Omaha…”

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What it should mean.

Posted on 11 September 2012 by Thraxxus

September the 11th, 2001.Two airplanes are hijacked and piloted into the Twin Towers in New York City. Thousands perish. Facts.

Since that moment, locked forever in time, the people that inhabit this planet have done everything but solve what really happened that day – regardless of who did or did not do the atrocity. Quite the contrary. A travesty of the most vicious kind created one of the greatest opportunities in self reflection the world has ever seen – and it was dismissed. Instead of dealing with the Earth’s tumultuous political and religious landscape in a holistic fashion we plunged it further into darkness. Another, and even possibly, worse tragedy unfolded – Wars – mindless, pointless, and ultimately self serving.

How can we have strayed so far from the path of righteousness and yet claim to be even more righteous now? How can we have come to lie to ourselves and each other and consume those lies as facts? Is it so that we can sleep at night knowing what we have done to each other? To our fellow humans? All in the name of what? For what? Who is gaining here? Ultimately has justice been done?

Does it matter anymore? The world is now so far out of balance, consumed with fear, hatred, doubt, and greed, that perhaps we have reached a tipping point. We all feel it but nobody really wants to admit it. The world is now holding its breath harder than ever before. Prior to 9/11 we could feel the inhale of breath, like billions of angry children holding out for what they want. 9/11 was that chance to exhale, look around, and take in a new breath of self reflection, honesty, and truth.

On 9/11 thousands of people died needlessly, and that was not the greatest atrocity committed on that day – forgetting how it even came to happen is. We honor those who fell by remembering them in somber silence when perhaps we should do so with outrage. Perhaps instead of bowing our heads we should raise our voices. Instead of shedding tears for those lost perhaps we shed our doubts, fears and ignorance. If we truly wish to remember those whose fires were extinguished too early perhaps we should light a new fire – one of hope, understanding, and above all, peace. Isn’t it time to do what is right over what is easy? Isn’t it?

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WWW III – Can Almost Taste It

Posted on 16 July 2012 by Thraxxus

World War I and World War II were both conventional wars – meaning they were fought with non nuclear weapons. WW II changed at the end when the USA dropped two Atomic Bombs on Japan – Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectfully. These bombs not only ended the War, but also ended the concept of conventional warfare as weapons of mass destruction were unleashed into the annals of history. Thanks goes out to the United States of America for that one. Sarcasm intended.

Recent events in the world, specifically in the Middle East, a Region that encompasses a rather large area between the Eastern Mediteranean, The Suez Canal, and The India Ocean, that includes several nations, all with varying degrees of government and religious beliefs, has spurred some concern. Thrown into this mix are the world’s big players shuffling things around like gods toying with monsters: China, Russia, England, and The United States of America to name a few. There is talk of war again – major war – potential world war. That said most “experts” agree that won’t happen – not with weapons that murder anyway.

There is a war coming however – a series of them really, all tied together in a global chain of conspiracies that up until 4 years ago would be totally dismissed as lunacy. The stuff happening right now is so beyond belief that one must prepare themselves to even wrap their brain around the fact that it is real. The intricacies are beyond imagination really. Where to begin?

Some argue that the begining is hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. I know of no proof of that but the claims exist internet wide. There are supposedly several families, a group in the east (The Dragon Families) and a series of groups in the west (loads of names here – the most colorful of course is The Illuminati – total BS btw). These groups are apparently at war, and have been for quite some time. Things however, it seems, have escalated.

The group in the East is apparently not all that greedy. This doesn’t make them the good guys, it just means that they believe that if you devour an entire forest then nothing can grow back for you to cut later. The westerners apparently don’t follow this same theory, and thus the conflict. So where did this battlefield show its ugly head to the general populace? Banks.

Recently I shared a bit of information regarding the begining of this greed based oversight here. Rumor has it that this is only the surface – and there are many levels of this lunacy. At first MSM wasn’t covering the subject, some argue that is due to the fact that many of those involved own the media. Oddly enough, after things spin so far out of control even MSM can’t hide the stories any more.

See, the major banks of the world actually run the world. Sure that seems crazy talk, but in all actuality they do. Governments require funds to run, and most governments don’t have their own banks, thus they work with non government owned banks. The governments try to make sure that the banks are reigned it, but in truth many of those in government got there because some bank paid for the election. This has been seen throughout history more times that is easy to consume. Suffice it to say, it has happens, is happening and will happen again. Government officials all over the place are bought and sold like cattle.

If the governments need the banks, more to the point the money the banks are holding, then the bank holds the power – to an extent. As earlier stated, if the bank gets to far out of control, the government can make a stronger play at reeling it in. This is what has transpired. The major banks of the world got greedy and careless – a bad mix to be sure – and now are under fire.

The Dragons, supposedly, are behind the movement to destroy these banks – moreover, those behind them. Already CEOs of major companies are jumpiong ship because they know what seems to be coming. The future will be very interesting – World War III will be a financial war, and thus ALL INCLUSIVE. Consider what that means.

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Politics, the Economy, and You

Posted on 03 June 2012 by Thraxxus

One must understand that those running things in this world don’t care about you – at all. You are a number, and to most, just an irritating one at that. You consume valuable resources, complain, whine, and are part of a problem for those in power – the weird part is that in some sick twisted way, you are also sort of a necessity. Don’t let it go to your head. You are about as necessary to their system as a single cell is to a body – that one cell dies and its no big deal, however if too many of those cells die the body suffers. Believe this – they have done the math, they know how many cells can die without the body feeling worse – in fact if the right amount dies or, or just the right ones, then the body could actually get stronger.

Take cancer for instance. Now understand that many of those in power see you as just that, a cancer on their reality. They want to cut you out of it, remove you, and destroy any remnants of you. The problem is doing so without the other cells noticing. You may not actually be cancer, hell you might be important cells, but to the inaccurate strokes of a broadsword, and not the precision cuts of a scalpal, that is what happens – the wrong stuff sometimes gets chopped off. Gee, sorry about your leg Bob.

Take politics for instance. The American people like to think that they actually have some form of impact on who gets into office. They don’t. You don’t. The USA is a Federal Republic – which means that those in power, who you supposedly put there, vote others into power. It is a system of representatives in which, oddly, your representative may not actually be representing you, and that is really what is going on right now, and what went down in Rome the years prior to its fall. Those in power were taking care of the few rich people out there and ignoring the less than rich. Welcome to modern day America, Ancient Rome all over again – with the exact same problems.

So you think that your vote matters. Hang on a second – did your vote matter the last election? Did your vote matter to decide on who we are all voting on? Are any of your questions or concerns actually being answered or addressed by those in power? Notice how the rich’s concerns are being addressed. Lowering taxes. Kick backs. Too big to fail. Cash infusions. Massive no interest loans. Can you even get a loan? A high interest one? Any? Bailouts. Loads of them for incompetent people and companies. The economy? Our system? We call it capitalism when it is profitable and act like socialism when its not. We privatize profits and socialize losses. That is not capitalism people – its cronyism – and we have it down to a science.

Bad Politics -> Bad Economy -> Bad Country -> Dead society -> Bad Bad stuff.

The Mayans may not have had it right about the end of the world – but their perspective on bad bad things happening in 2012 are probably pretty accurate. Think about this – they said December 21, 2012 was dead day – ironically that is right about the time this President prepares for either his next term, or leaving office – neither seems like a solid prospect to the rest of the cells in the body.

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And the winner is….

Posted on 19 March 2012 by Thraxxus

I am not a political analyst, granted most of us act like we are, but I do have an educated opinion. By educated, I, of course, mean that I have read and listened to countless rhetoric regarding the subject of the Republican Primaries, elections etc. One could say that I actually know a little bit about those running for the right to fun for the biggest office in the land – El Presidente! I have sat back and listened to the ads, read the stories, heard the bits on NPR about who is doing what to whom, where they are speaking, and what they are saying. I have even written a few articles on BlinkinBlogs on some of this stuff in recent times to try to enlighten you, the avid reader hanging on my every word, as to what these men stand for – it wasn’t pretty.

After much thinking, pondering, and walking in circles through a forest I have determined who the winner of the Republican race will be. Understand that it was not easy coming to this conclusion. I created graphs. I had to read over thousands of pages of documentation. I had to come to know more about each of these men than anyone else ever has before. It was not easy. In fact, I am now in counseling to try to get back some of my sanity after having delved so far into the psyches of the Republican candidates. After having done all that, I believe, nay, I know who the winner of the Republican Primaries will be. In fact, it is obvious to me now.

The winner is, without further ado, Barack Obama. I know, he is not a Republican! In fact, he is the guy who the Republicans are trying to unseat. The catch here is that at this point, no matter who is declared the official winner of the Republican Primaries, the real winner is the standing President of the United States. Why? The Republicans have fired so much filth at one another, so much grunge, so much rancor, that they have done the job for Obama. In fact, during the real Presidential battle the only thing Obama should do is focus on the good – and run the commercials that the Republicans ran against each other – finishing each of those off with his own message “Try something positive for once.”

You just have to love it when your enemies do each other in before you battle with them even starts.

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Super Tuesday

Posted on 06 March 2012 by Thraxxus

Today is Super Tuesday!! I know right? Anyway, I figured I would supply you with a quick update on who you can vote for in the Republican Primaries.

  1. The Zealot – Rick Santorum believes that anything fun is against Christianity and thus should be stopped. Sex? Gone. Alcohol? Yeah what? Government spending? Gone (ironically here he is actually for it but is more than happy to tell you, the voter, that he is vehemently opposed to it). If this guy loses I would expect him to have a Christian compound in Texas soon, replete with a squadron of hot women that he definitely won’t be having sex with.
  2. The Lunatic – Newt Gingrich is awesome, just ask him. This guy loves to promise stuff that he has absolutely no way of executing on. Like what? $2.50 gas – FOREVER. A Mars base by 2020. The list goes on and on. The man is actually crazy – even people that worked for him started to see it to such a degree they’ve been quitting in droves. If this guy wins you can expect him to use The Button.
  3. The Waffler – Mit Romney has changed his views on things so often that even he doesn’t know what he believes right now. It is so bad that now his only tactic for winning the race is having his Super Pac out spend everyone else on negative ads against his opponents. Example of Waffling? Mit is totally opposed to Obamacare. Why is this a waffle job? Obamacare is actually RomneyCare on a nation level. How can the man be against his own idea?
  4. The Isolationist – Ron Paul believes in small government. Ron Paul believes in bringing every American back to the USA. Ron Paul believes that the rest of the world should deal with its own issues. Sounds great in principle, trust me I love the idea, however there is a wee problem – China, Russia, Iran etc are all big fans of this plan too. Why? If there is no USA outside of the USA borders then these guys pretty much get to do whatever they want. Not sure if you have noticed recently but Putin, a known gangster, just stole the Russian election, again. Yeah. Not sure a Gangster should be allowed to run topsy turvy over the world. Just saying. Oh, and according to all Mass Media – Ron Paul is un-electable because he is just to weird looking.

And this has been your.. whothehell cares moment! Don’t forget to tip your waiter. BTW if you haven’t seen the Fox video that ScanJack posted – you really should. It is incredible.

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Presidential Election Prediction

Posted on 28 February 2012 by Thraxxus

Who do I think will win? Obama.

Why? The Republicans have done such an amazing job of blasting each other and talking crazy that all Obama really has to do is not screw up. Let us review just some of the crazy:

  1. Accusations aplenty were thrown at Romney over how much he made and how much taxes he paid. This lead to Romney sharing his tax returns long before he needed to. What happened? The guy is squeeky clean – however it showed that he is rich, something we already knew. This became yet a new cry against him. How? The next series of attacks was aimed at how he got rich. Apparently being successful in the USA is to be frowned upon.
  2. Santorum loves to talk about things he hates. Abortion, sex, drugs,alcohol, anything that might be considered fun. He also loves to talk about how much the government should cut back spending, how the other candidates want to spend more, etc. Ironically Santorum was a big proponent of spending prior to now. I love hypocrites.
  3. Gingrich is a nut bag. According to him, losses are wins, and wins are losses. Apparently he has the magic ability to make the price of gasoline never exceed $2.50/gallon. Nobody knows how, but he likes to talk about that magic power. He also likes to say how he will have a MARS base by 2020. Oddly enough, the USA no longer has a shuttle capable of flying anywhere, but apparently that won’t stop Newt as his magical mind powers will get us there.
  4. Ron Paul is a paradox. On the one hand he talks about how to save money, the cut backs that can be made, and bringing the military home. He also enjoys talking about the Constitution – remember that thing? Unfortunately he has this way of spouting on random facts as fast as he can in a Conspiracy Theorist Nutjob sort of way. It isn’t that what he is saying is wrong or made up, but rather how he says it. Consequently he has been labeled as “un electable.” He is another guy, just like Ross Perot, who won’t get elected but will be remembered years later for having been right. Best part here? His own party is lying about how well he did in the poles.

So Obama? Simple. Talk about the good stuff. Talk about how little help he got from Congress. Let the other guys hang themselves. Is he the best for the Job? Not to me, and I voted for the guy. Is he electable, again? Yes, especially with the Republicans being his campaign managers.

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Primary Debate Questions

Posted on 24 January 2012 by Thraxxus

Apparently this question was asked:

“Which one of you is the bigger douche bag?”

This pic was the was the answer given.

Hey, at the least they were being honest for once.

How do the Republicans really think they can beat Obama with the mud slinging they are doing to each other now? Not one leaf has been left un-turned to diminish the public perception of each other. By the time the real elections get here these guys will have already done Obama’s work for him. Congrats gents.

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The Repubs – Who the what?

Posted on 11 January 2012 by Thraxxus

Mitt Romney has won two primaries in as many states – Iowa and New Hampshire. Apparently this has never been done before by a nonincumbent – woot for him I suppose, frankly I don’t actually care. What I did think would be interesting to discuss is what those running for the Republican seat for the upcoming Presidential Election actually believed it – aka who the hell are these people? Let’s get started:

Mitt Romney – Named after a piece of sporting equipment. Romney favors a strong legal immigration policy, and he favors deporting illegal aliens who have not followed the proper procedures for entering the country.  He is against amnesty for illegal aliens, but at the same time, he does not feel we can round up all of the illegal aliens who have entered the country.  He believes that the federal government should cut off funding to sanctuary cities that encourage illegal immigration. He believes that the US Congress does not need to officially declare war to take military action.  He believes that Guantanamo Bay should stay open.  He is opposed to using torture as part of US military interrogation strategies, but he does approve of enhanced interrogation techniques.   He has not specifically indicated whether he believes that waterboarding is torture, but he has stated he would refer to military experts on the subject. He supports the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which gives citizens the right to bear arms.  Despite his views regarding the second amendment, he is in favor of a ban on assault weapons. He supported the Brady Bill in 1994.  In earlier days, Romney did not support the NRA, but in 2008, he stated that he is a member of the NRA. Romney passed a statewide healthcare mandate for the state of Massachusetts when he was the Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.  He signed the bill in 2006 requires all Massachusetts residents to purchase healthcare coverage.  This bill could complicate matters in his run for the presidency, as many conservatives want ObamaCare to be repealed if Obama is not re-elected in 2012.  Romney has publically stated that he feels ObamaCare is not right for the United States, but he still supports his own state legislation from Massachusetts. (source)

Ron Paul – Guy came in second, twice, and is a doctor. What does he think? Ron Paul is a strong supporter of states’ rights.  He believes that the states should be much more powerful than they are today.  He believes the individual states should be able to make their own decisions regarding any social matters that are not explicitly directed by the constitution.  He thinks the death penalty should be regulated by the states.  He also believes the states should make their own decisions about education and marriage too.  He even believes states should be able to make their own decisions regarding drug use like medical marijuana.

Ron Paul has written six books on Austrian school economics.  Paul always votes against tax increases.  Ron Paul is against raising taxes under any circumstances.  He even feels that the country should abolish the state income tax, and he believes this can be done if we scale back the spending in the Federal government to 2000 levels.  Ron Paul gets a lot of support for his positions on the economy. He believes that the Federal Reserve should be abolished.  He does not believe that the country should return to the gold standard, but he is very concerned about inflation, and he is often known as an inflation hawk. He has been warning about the threats of hyperinflation since 1981. Paul is a pro-life supporter.  He spoke at the National Right to Life Committee Convention in 2007. He pushed for legislation that would give states the right to decide if they want to support or oppose abortion laws.  He opposes gay marriage, but he believes states should have the right to decide how to rule on the issue. He is a strong supporter of national sovereignty.  He opposed the Iraq War Resolution of 2002.  He does not believe the United States should be involved with the North American Free Trade Agreement, and he believes we should withdraw membership from the United Nations.  He believes strong National sovereignty is more important.  He believes that most of our military resources should be used to enforce border security.  He did support military action against terrorists involved in the September 11th attacks, but he feels the attacks should have been more limited to targeting specific terrorists as opposed to invading Iraq and Afghanistan. (Source)

Rick Perry – Dude is a Texan – period. Perry is strongly pro-life.  He opposes the government policy of funding abortions.  He has also signed a bill in Texas where teenage girls under the age of 18 must get parental consent before deciding to get an abortion.  In 2011, Perry signed the Mandatory Ultrasound Bill.  Governor Rick Perry supports limited central government.  He feels that the current Federal government is bloated and needs to be cut back. Governor Perry believes that there is no substantial evidence of global warming.  He feels that scientists have not concluded that global warming is a real problem in our society today.  He believes that global warming is a lot of media hype, and he is staunchly opposed to passing legislation that supports climate change initiatives. Texas is one of the states that does‘t have a state income tax, and Governor Perry has opposed any attempts to create an income tax for Texas.  He is a fiscal conservative that stands for conservative fiscal values in most cases.  He is very strong on job creation, as Texas leads the nation in new jobs created since 2003.  It has created 73.4 % of the nation’s jobs since 2006. (Source)

Rick Santorum – Came up Quick – appears to have smashed into a wall. He is pro-life and vehemently opposes same-sex marriage.  He is a strong proponent of heterosexual relationships and traditional child rearing.  He is concerned that the Supreme Court is making too many decisions about moral issues that the public should be making on their own. Santorum favors strong foreign policy initiatives against our enemies.  He feels the War on Terror started by the Bush administration can be won, and he supported President Bush on his leadership in occupying Iraq and Afghanistan as long as necessary to bring peace to these regions.  Santorum has recognized the threat of Islamic fascism in the Middle East and throughout the world.  He is pro-Israel, and he feels that Israel and Lebanon must be strong to counteract Islamic terrorism in the Middle East.  He strongly opposes having talks with known terrorist harboring nations like Syria and Iraq, as he feels we cannot negotiate with radical Islamic extremists. Santorum is opposed to illegal immigration.  He is vehemently opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens, and he feels that we need to take a stronger stand against illegals entering the country.  He wants the border fence to be built.  He would support National Guard troops being used to protect our borders with Mexico and Canada, and he also wants the United States to re-establish English as the official language in the USA. (Source)

Newt Gingrich – Guy is named after a lizard. He supports public school prayer. He feels that schools should compete for students just like businesses compete for customers. He feels teachers should have to compete with each other too. Gingrich feels education is one of the keys to getting the country back on solid ground. Gingrich feels we should have low taxes. He is opposed to increasing taxes on the rich, and he feels the corporate tax rate in the United States is too high. He wants to do away with the corporate tax rate, and he also wants to eliminate the inheritance tax. Gingrich is all about limited government. He feels that the government intrudes in our lives too much, and he feels that we should get the government out of our lives as much as possible. He used to teach an environmental studies class at West Georgia College. He also co-authored a book with Terry Maple called A Contract With the Earth. He is a strong proponent of green technology and energy conservation. He also feels the government should incentivize people with monetary prizes and tax incentives to come up with new innovative ways to generate alternative energy sources. He is against Obamacare, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He feels Americans should have the right to make their own decisions on their healthcare needs. He believes ObamaCare is unconstitutional and should be repealed by the United States House of Representatives. He feels everyone should have to contribute to the healthcare system in some form.

Yeah, I know right? Each one, to me anyway, has something okay with him, and stuff that is like WHAT!??! Out of that list the one I like the most….. Ron Paul. Chances of him winning? ZERO.

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Ron Paul nails Newt with Newt

Posted on 07 December 2011 by scanjack

Please note, no actual Newts were harmed in this posting and video.

In My Humble Opinion Gingrich is quite possibly a psychopath.

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Occupy

Posted on 26 November 2011 by Thraxxus

I have been silent fora brief spill as I have been paying attention to the Occupy Wall Street fiascos that have been going on around the country. It turns out that most major cities have at least some version of this going on. What has been killing me was some of the interviews that have been shown on television with some of the people occupying. “Why are you here?” Simple enough question. The answers that have been shown on mainstream media have been, to put it lightly, pathetic. “I want a job!” Or simply they hold up a sign that says “I am part of the 99%!” Okaaaay.. and that means? Things to note, and thoughts that I have had on this subject:

  1. The 99% are those that are not in the top 1% of income Americans – meaning most non rich people
  2. If you really want a job why are protesting instead of looking for a job?
  3. How are the 1% in the 1%? What are they doing that is so wrong?
  4. Is anyone really protecting those in the 1%? (Oddly enough this is where we start crossing the line into conspiracy theory – or do we?)
  5. Protesting in the USA, peaceful protesting that is, should be protected by the Right to Freedom of Speech. Right? hmmmm
  6. Why are people being carted off, arrested, pepper sprayed for sitting somewhere? Many of these cases have reported that those that were mistreated actually did no violence themselves, so what is the deal here really?

Then I stumbled across this article. Basically this guy spells it out, in graphic detail, what people are really protesting (not the crap that MSM is showing you) and what truth there is to the protesting. What this guy illustrates is alarming at best, and borderline Civil War directed. If what he says is true, and at present I have no reason to doubt him given the recent actions of politicians in this country, then the USA has truly been stolen from her citizens.

From my perspective, things are going to get far worse before they get better. Maybe all those rantings by Scanjack over the last two years were closer to mark than most of us wanted to believe. The USA seems to be sliding into a rather dark place with increasing speed. Hold on folks, going to be a dangerously bumpy ride.

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A Speech to Live By.

Posted on 16 November 2011 by Thraxxus

I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor, that’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate;
has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in:
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little:
More than machinery we need humanity;
More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.

Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say “Do not despair”.

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people, will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish. . .

Soldiers: don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate, only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers: don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written:
“The kingdom of God is within man”
Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men; in you, the people.

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power, let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!

. . .

Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting, the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.

The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow, into the light of hope, into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up. – Charlie Chaplin (The Great Dictator)

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