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Lots of stuff in the news of late but I’m too lazy to put up posts on each so if any of these grabs you, weigh in;

1) Should the Trumpster make his tax returns public? Should Hillary make her Goldman speeches public? Hillary won’t, it would be political suicide, so lets focus on Trump. I would like to see these returns for the obvious reason that it would shed more light (more transparency, wooh-hooh) as to who this man is. The tax loopholes are irrelevant, they all do it, but stuff like charities, what losses he had in business endeavors, what income he gained off shore, what salaries he received (paying himself) for his multiple businesses, all this stuff speaks to the man.

2) The IOC is looking into Russian athletes doping (I know, that whole bear/woods similarity). Does anyone really have any confidence at all that the IOC a) can conduct a thorough transparent investigation on it’s own, and b) have the stones to go where the evidence takes them and ban the whole rusky lot of them if culpability is found?

3) What about that Canadian dufus in Yellowstone that stuck a Bison calf in his SUV because he thought the little guy was cold? What an ignoramus. Turns out they had to euthanize the calf after obtaining human scent and being ostracized from the herd. I guess they don’t have wild animals in Canada. Shit for brains did not read the literature given to him at the park entrance where it warns tourists to leave the animals alone. He got a $100 fine, big deal, I think a $10,000 fine would be more appropriate.

4)Lastly, there is this;

Couple things; I am really sick and tired of people doing bad things and not being held accountable for their actions. That piece of shit preacher did not pull his lawsuit or apologize because he had a Come to Jesus moment, he got caught lying so no mea culpas for him and no sympathy. How fortunate that WF had a video of the cake, what if they didn’t? The suit would have continued and this so called preacher would have extorted serious bank from the company. I want him criminally charged, jail time. And I think WF wimped out in pulling their counter suit. Hoaxes like this happen all the time. They only way to fight it is to make the hoaxers suffer. And on a side note, we know what the Bible says about false prophets, oh to be a fly on the wall when clown preacher has to explain his actions to The Big Guy.

Patton’s Shame

Some memorable lines in George C. Scott’s famous Patton speech is this, “Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. The very thought of losing is hateful”. Thank God Patton is not alive to witness the latest Strong Europe Tank Challenge;

American tank crews have failed to place in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, a competition co-hosted and sponsored by US Army Europe. The three-day event gathered the best NATO crews to compete against each other in a set of armored warfare tests.

The Strong Europe Tank Challenge was jointly hosted from May 10 to 12 by the US Army and the German Bundeswehr at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany. The three-day event involved crews from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovenia – which each sent platoons of four tanks – and the United States, which sent two platoons of four tanks.

The tank competition appears to be the first of its type to be held by NATO in Europe since 1991, the year the USSR dissolved. Designed to develop armored warfare skills, the tank challenge is also in line with the NATO trend of planning to counter what it calls an “assertive Russia.”

Sounds like a good idea, keeping NATO forces well tuned to counter those shiftless sneaky Russians, and it provides yet another stage whereby the US can demonstrate why we kick ass without taking names………….oops.

The German team took top honors, followed by the Danish tank crew in second. Third place went to Poland. The teams representing the US Army – which sponsored and advertised the event on social media – failed to make the top three.

How in keeping with the pussification of America. Like giving trophies out to all participants, the challenge only listed the top 3 teams. The bottom 3 (diplomacy demanded not naming the worst of the worst) all got a picture of them and their tank placed on the ladies bathroom wall right next to the tampon dispenser.

I hear Trump wants us out of NATO, the bigger question remains, would NATO even care?

SJW………………Not

It really is a crazy world we live in. We have the president touting the legitimacy of the hate group BLM, we have the left bitching about the violent tendencies of the Trumperistas (yet, as witnessed just last week in the Bay Area, the only folks getting beaten are Trump supporters trying to exercise their 1st Amendment rights), and we have that new retched disgusting spawning of fascism known as the Social Justice Warrior. Too bad they are all a contradiction in terms, as witnessed by;

Loud mouthed liberty hating psychopaths would better describe this group. Much like the flowery acronyms hatched by progressive 503(c)(3) corporations that purposely deceive donors, this latest batch of cry babies are not social, pursue injustice, and have no stomach for conflict or legitimate confrontation so they could hardly be called warriors. Resorting to violence, shouting down contrary opinions, shutting down public forums by pulling fire alarms, disrupting events and fomenting agitation, clearly not good manners or accommodating to social harmony. But it does speak to their mindset, that all words and actions must pass muster with their point of view or it is hate speech and must be purged from the public forum. Crowder was right, what a bunch of pussies.

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

On this, tax day 2016, where half the population is grumbling and the other half is saying ,”Thanks for the assistance, suckers”, I thought it appropriate to provide a diversion, something to feel good about while Uncle Sam picks your pockets;

I am re reading American Caesar (I wonder if you New Zealanders know how close you guys came to getting invaded in 1942). There are not many WW2 veterans left. My uncle fought the Japanese with Admiral Halsey. My father in law was in his second year at Stanford when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor. He quit school, flew to Hawaii, and put his engineering background to use raising several of the ships sunk in the attack. Both are dead, and I could tell you exactly what they would think of the current batch of inferiors running for president.

I Knew It

Sometimes it really is Col. Mustard with the candlestick in the conservatory;

I thought I fell into the rabbit hole and could not get out, now all is right with the world. Newton’s laws; girls like guys with either fat wallets or a big dick (in that order), the ice cream diet never works, and food does taste better when it’s free, all still valid.

Now, don’t you guys feel silly?

Eat The Rich

After 6 seasons, Downton Abbey came to close last night. I was on board pretty early with this series, I like period pieces and the BBC has a history of doing fine work in this area. As an aside, season 2 of Poldark starts in a few months, do yourself a favor, go to your local library and check out season 1. Being a big fan of the books, this series translates well. Much grittier than Downton, Poldark makes a living out of squalor, the ruthlessness of the upper class, and the hardships of survival.

No one can say this last episode was not predictable, many loose ends were nicely tide in a bow, but I could not help but wonder how, with most of the staff moving on to better lives, how all those upper crust were going to take care of themselves (I can just see Lord Grantham starving to death, food 6 feet away, with one to serve him).

We all knew Edith was not going to be left a spinster so her good fortune was expected. But it was hard to believe that a momma’s boy like Bertie was going to marry a tainted lady. And Edith loved her job as an editor, baby in tow was bad enough but a working woman? It strains credulity.

I never understood why so many episodes were wasted with men of quality falling all over themselves trying to wed Mary. I thought she was a bit of a nut job and a snob, she got off far too easy sabotaging Edith’s life, no wonder she was not trusted within the family. Her eventual hook up with Henry was a bit ho hum.Then him and Branson going to together as car dealers, I can just see the Dowager having a stroke over the impropriety. Best line of the whole series was season one where Matthew says he will be working in town but can spend the weekends at Downton and the Violet asks ,”What is a weekend?”

I always had a bit of a soft spot for Mrs. Patmore, I guess she will be hooking up with Mr. Mason, although we never found out if her B&B went bust.

I was glad to see the Dowager and Isobel come closer, despite the differences, each needed each other and depended on each other to navigate the treachery of old age.

I was ambivalent about Daisy, figuring she made her bed now she can lie in it, but was happy for Andy. Hopefully she will get over herself and make him happy.

I thought Mosley and Baxter would hook up. I read somewhere that a Downton Abbey movie is a possibility [groan] that should be one of the new plot lines.

Lastly, all this misplaced sympathy over Barrow, despite all the evil he perpetrated in their lives. Yes, it showed redeeming qualities in the rest of them, but his new found fortune of being head butler at Downton, thus having power over all the other servants, not exactly cricket. And I can imagine what Bates was thinking about all this. He should take Barrow out to the woodshed, kick his ass, then explain the rules to his new boss.

And So It Begins

The MSM has been enamored with Trump mania, and why shouldn’t they be? A great story, a walking contraction spin 180 degree on the issues mob boss who can’t spell, can’t articulate how is going to make America great again, but will fight for you all the while taking your guns, your freedom of speech and your jobs (outsourcing them to Mexican illegals), the gift that keeps on giving has journalist all aflutter. But now that he can actually win something, the gloves are coming off. Ridiculing Trump without breaking a sweat, and you thought they were lazy before this;

The very epitome of low hanging fruit.

I guess he will be suing a lot of people,those unhappy Trump university students better wet their beak before Melania has to sell her furs.

The Window Is Closing

A couple weeks ago after tennis we were all chatting up the election and one of my very liberal friends brought up Michael Bloomberg in the context of ,”I can’t vote for Hillary, don’t trust her, but Bloomberg would be OK as a third party alternative”. It got me thinking about the possibility. Yeah, another NY liberal in the mix, hardly an alternative to the current fair, until you look a bit closer. What separates Bloomberg from the other 2 morally challenged conmen? Bloomberg has actually accomplished things on his own. Not like Trump, who’s daddy gave him a few million then said go play, not like Hillary who has gotten everything handed to her riding on her husband’s coattails, Bloomberg is a true American success story. He has built companies in numerous fields and he actually ran a municipality , New York City, not exactly Wasilla Alaska.

Scratch that one off the books;

Mike Bloomberg is unlikely to run for president as an independent if Hillary Clinton looms as the Democratic Party nominee, sources said Tuesday.

The former mayor has been considering jumping into the race, but “the likelier path is if Bernie Sanders was the Democratic nominee,” a Bloomberg insider said.

“[Bloomberg] doesn’t want to take votes from her and make Donald Trump president”.

Too bad, but I wonder which candidate would be hurt more. This also assumes that voters must choose either Trump or Hillary, but they always leave out the third option, just staying home on election day.

Bloomberg is not a conservative, but really, that option is long gone. Right now I would settle for someone with a little integrity, someone that is not a liar, someone that understands the American dream of success, earned it on his own, someone that is not an ideologue and can work well with others, someone who gets American Exceptionalism and would work to restoring it’s fertile fields so others can partake of that success.

Flirting With Disaster

I’ll say one thing about this election cycle, nothing is as it is or as it should be, up is down, circles are squares, the literal anchors, the bollards and cleats we use for grounding are missing and no compass today points to the north star. The comforts of falling back on opinions of trusted (in the past) pundits, those that validated that little voice in your head and gave you clarity, they are now spouting utter nonsense. Time after time, I read opinion pieces by folks who had never let me down in the past, now they are all speaking Mandarin, telling me that every instinct I had for conservative thought has now been placed on it’s head, I just don’t get it.

It drives me absolutely nuts that valued sources, many used in the past to calibrate my own right-thinking, have abandoned every conservative principal known to man and drank the kool Aid of Trump. I can’t say it hasn’t been amusing, but disconcerting to the nth degree, like that old movie Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, who is real and who is a pod taking on that new identity.

And because my political world has become unmoored I will link to the unthinkable;

Maher is still a cockmonkey (some realities still exist today) but General Hayden is right out of the Petreaus mold, an honorable patriot who walks the walk. Water boarding will not be brought back, and nobodies family will be targeted. Trump blusters, says stupid non practical and highly illegal things almost daily, this “torture” rant was one of them. But note the clear distinction between candidate Trump and President Trump, I would place the actions Trump wants done to those actually feasible at less than 10%.

And don’t think for a minute that The Donald gives 2 shits about civil liberties;

“One of the things I’m going to do if I win… I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money,” Trump said during a rally in Fort Worth, Texas.
“We’re going to open up those libel laws so when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when the Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they’re totally protected,” he said. “We’re going to open up libel laws and we’re going to have people sue you like you’ve never got sued before.”

Write a press item critical of Trump and you will get hauled into court to divine your “purpose” for the article, analogous to Hate Crime legislation where thoughts can be criminal.

I know, it’s all rhetorical since the closest Trump will ever get to the WH is when Hillary invites him over next year to bring his check book.

Those that still trumpet America’s greatness must ponder this unsavory fact; in a few short months the people will choose the next president………..from 2 of the most disgusting, dishonest, unlikable, bereft and devoid of any honor, courage, or character befitting the most powerful person in the world. Not that it would alter our course over the cliff, but I am rooting for a brokered convention, just for the theater of it.

One Pro, One Con

In keeping with the old adage that ,”If I didn’t laugh, I would cry”, I present the work of some very creative people;

Winter Is Coming, that’s an understatement.

And now, something from the king of comedy, apologies to all you youngsters who missed out on Gleason’s genius;

I’ve said it before, I have never been this apathetic about an election, or the clowns running in it, so I will enjoy the show and hope that either a criminal indictment or a fist fight on stage makes the price of admission worth it.