The last of the Mercury 7 has left us. He lived to be 95, served his country in the military and NASA, orbited the Earth, became a Senator, was married for 73 years to Annie Castor, left behind two children and two grandkids. Let’s not be sad. Let’s celebrate a truly great American life.
Category: Decline of Western Civilization
Yes, it’s been a long time, hasn’t it? But here we are, at the end of all things as far as Right Thinking from the Left Coast is concerned…at least in its current iteration. I simply can’t let it go without one last respectful music thread.
This site has not only brought me tremendous enjoyment through reading and debating, but also numerous friendships. For those of you who don’t already stay in touch with me on social media, I do hope you’ll come around eventually.
More than that, I can’t say. For two reasons: 1. I’m not very sentimental and 2. I don’t have the sense that it’s really all over. We simply enjoy
conversing in good-natured fellowship hating and haranguing the shit out of each other too much. We’ll see what comes next.
Moving on, growing up, and change are all a part of life. It’s really up to you if you want to commemorate the end or the possibility of a new beginning. Sure, all things must come to an end but even in death there can be rebirth. We can have some songs about that. This doesn’t have to be a tear-jerker thread!
Also, please feel free to post music from those many artists we lost in the last year.
God bless you all and thank you for reading, debating, and even influencing me over the years. You fuckers.
pfluffy: Over Now by Alice in Chains
Rich Taylor: Renegade by Styx
zoomzoom: Let Go by Deadmau5
Harley: End of Time by Motorhead (two-fer!)
Manwhore: Long Way Down by Robert DeLong
Hal: Lazarus by David Bowie (BOOM! Another one!)
ilovecress: Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
stogy: Winds of Change by Fitz and the Tantrums
repmom: Winterlong by Neil Young (Merry Christmas!)
Santino: Kiss This by The Struts
Iconoclast: Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
blameme: Farewell Ride by Beck (Haven’t heard from you directly in ages. Please check in!)
kevinmkr: Hometown by twenty one pilots
CM: Private Helicopter by Harvey Danger (this one’s for guys who just can’t walk away where they have a lot of history, even from people they don’t exactly get along with)
WVR: Growing Up (Falling Down) by The Living End
Alex: Dead on Time by Queen
InsipiD: Closing Time by Semisonic
And to our generous host, JimK: Last by NIN
I sincerely hope I didn’t forget anyone in my legendary carelessness, though I’m sure I totally did. Hit me up with a “hey, dickhead” in the comments and you’ll be rightfully included. Unless I disagree with the “rightful” part.
This is probably our future too:
On Tuesday, the UK is due to pass its controversial new surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act, according to the Home Office.
The Act, which has received overwhelming support in both the House of Commons and Lords, formally legalizes a number of mass surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013. It also introduces a new power which will force internet service providers to store browsing data on all customers for 12 months.
Civil liberties campaigners have described the Act as one of the most extreme surveillance laws in any democracy, while law enforcement agencies believe that the collection of browsing data is vital in an age of ubiquitous internet communications.
The UK is also introducing a new mass surveillance power, with the creation of so-called internet connection records (ICRs): records of the internet service a specific device has connected to, which will be created and stored by internet service providers. These records will include visited websites, messaging platforms like WhatsApp, or potentially even the connection your computer makes to a remote server when updating its software.
Many law enforcement agencies will be able to access this data, but so will lots of other, less obvious public bodies, including the Food Standards Agency, and some National Health Service Trusts.
The UK also, a couple of years ago, banned porn depicting anything the pearl-clutching nannies running their country regard as “deviant”. I’m sure more censorship is coming.
Don’t think this can’t happen here. Trump is putting in place people who support mass surveillance and oppose privacy protections. Congress has shown repeatedly that will instantly cave unless we the people rise up in protest. If we don’t want to follow the example of the UK, we have to object now, no matter who is in power.
Because he was such a belligerent buffoon, he was almost certain to start WW3. Then again, news like this, coming from the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s administration, where then SecState Clinton showed her awesome diplomatic skills and “reset” the frayed relations evil warmongering Boosh so damaged with the Russians. shit, I remember the current Community Organizer in Chief and the wanna-be crime syndicate kingpin that wants to get the job mocking those that warned the reset had failed and in fact had caused relations to really sour. I guess this sort of stuff makes sense if you have the ability to see the nuance in things. At least that’s what the collectivist crime syndicate tells us rubes when we try to point out their dissonance and discorded bullshit.
I am going what I have seen from Obama. He promised to stop all the strife, heal the world, and stop the rising oceans, only to start even more wars than war mongering Boosh. Shit, he even managed to un-win both of those wars Boosh started and had all but wound down, despite the treasonous attempts by the left to make them fail. Now the Middle East is a disaster, Iraq and Afghanistan are firmly in the loose column, with Egypt (Arab spring baby!), Libya (where they went to war so a Clinton partner-in-crime could make money on oil), and Syria all turned into disastrous war zones. Iran is getting a nuke, Saudi Arabia is fighting the Iranians in Yemen, Turkey clearly is heading down the path to an Islamic dictatorship after what now looks like a clearly staged coup attempt that allowed Edrogan to purge his political enemies, and Israel is waiting for Obama to screw them one last time on the way out.
Things are not better elsewhere either. North Korea is still a huge problem. The Philippines is shifting towards China, Japan and South Korea are thinking they may need their own nukes because the US can’t be trusted (and they are right), Russia as shown above is causing trouble, and there are scores of other hot spots across the globe where a military forced to keep a ridiculously high tempo and is wearing down the people and gear it has are being told to do more with less. In fact, the world is probably in a more precarious and dangerous situation – due to lack of leadership from someone I will leave unmentioned – than it was since the Cold War. And maybe it is even worse than that. not that things are very good here at home either. Rigged primaries, rigged campaigns, cheating and lying, abuse of power and blatant banana republic legal challenges, all hidden by a complicit group of propagandists claiming to be objective.
What you didn’t know any of that? Maybe that was because of the DNC operatives with bylines now finding no reason to complain about the US being belligerent. After all, these are not really war-wars, and this strife can’t be blamed on the inept foreign policy of th last 8 years, right? Obama, and by definition both his previous and future SecStates, are doing it for peace! Not to steal oil, or avenge daddy, or whatever other stupid trope the left fed people back when. Hillary, having such a long and distinguished resume of great achievements, will fix it all!
No matter who wins this election, Americans lose. I guess the choice is between which one will do the least damage, and I that those of you thinking that will be Clinton need to lay off whatever controlled substance you are abusing.
Another day, another Hillary scandal, lately rapid fire but as predictable as another truly vapid comment from…….oh hell, you know who you are. Like the sun rising and setting, and far beyond the point of ,”Water is wet and fire is hot, anything else?”. Almost identical in this category is the level/number/intensity of morons walking our streets. Not only do these morons vote, but it seems that they all use twitter.
I saw this yesterday, why is it that the dumbest always have the thinnest skin?
Some Twitterers Thought There Was a KKK Sign at the World Series
Notice how the writer had to explain to his audience that K in baseball stands for a strikeout. Some could dismiss this by attributing these dopey comments as written by women, with the neanderthal follow up of ,”What do they know about baseball”, but many were men. Never miss an opportunity to feel aggrieved even if you haven’t a clue as to what you are looking at.
Products of the public school system, so many folks got short changed in their critical thinking education.
Whole segments of entertainment are designed around asking average folks questions, having them embarrass themselves, then having the audience laugh at them. Waters World on The Factor, Jay-walking with Jay Leno, youtube is filled with them.
One regular youtuber, having his own channel for his videos, is Mark Dice. Here is one of his latest;
Yes, it is allowed for all you other Americans to realize these videos are always made on the sandy beaches of California, thus proving that even in the land of dopes, we rule supreme.
And by “this” I mean why would a law firm risk their reputation and engage in clear shady criminal behavior to donate to democrats in general, and the Clintons, in particular. From the article:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is returning thousands of dollars in donations linked to what may be one of the largest straw-donor schemes ever uncovered.
A small law firm that has given money to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Harry Reid, President Obama and many others is accused of improperly funneling millions of dollars into Democratic Party coffers. The program was exposed by the Center for Responsive Politics and the same team of Boston Globe investigative reporters featured in the movie “Spotlight.”
The Thornton Law Firm has just 10 partners, but dollar for dollar, it’s one of the nation’s biggest political donors, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil.
But according to the firm’s own documents – leaked by a whistleblower — days or even hours after making these donations, partners received bonuses matching the amount they gave.
“Once the law firm knew that we had these records, they didn’t deny that this was the case,” said Scott Allen, Boston Globe’s Spotlight editor.
“If you give a donation and then somebody else reimburses you for that contribution, that is a clear violation of the spirit and the letter of the law at the state and federal levels,” Allen added.
First I want to mention that for every one of these cases of malfeasance we uncover there are, like in the case of roaches or other pests, hundreds if not thousands of others we never hear about. The democratic party is a corrupt influence peddling monopoly. I think we have so much evidence today that if you need the power of government to help you make money, from something that will be economically destructive and produces no value, you buy favors from a democrat, that this assertion is indisputable.
The democratic party may pretend that they are the party of the little people and that it is the others that are in bed with the evil oligarchy of the rich, but the facts bear out differently. When you need favors, you buy it from democrats. This reality is by design, and has enriched a ton of the worlds most corrupt people. And Clintons are not just the pinnacle of that corruption, but have positioned themselves in such a way that they are the gatekeepers of that influence peddling monopoly as well as above the law.
It is also not a coincidence that the legal profession is so predominantly skewed towards the left. sure they would like you to believe it is because they share the empathy shown on the left, but the reality, as more and more instances like this show, the legal profession depends heavily on government over regulation to make big money. And who sells better favors for them to make big money than the democrats?
Before you idiotically try to defend the Clintons, note that these Clintons have been caught repeatedly violating these laws. When it was exposed that they took foreign donations, recently revealed details show Clinton’s reaction wasn’t to shut that practice down, but to try and make sure they could keep doing it.
Think hard about the fact that the Clintons, and democrats in general, react when caught by basically counting on the DNC operatives with bylines to defend them and to keep doing more of the same. Can you imagine the level of corruption these people would reach if they were rewarded with the WH?
You would certainly think that Attorney General Loretta Lynch facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a secret meeting she had with Bill Clinton on a plane on June 27 would be top news. But the only place I found this was in the foreign press. I am certain the reason that the DNC operatives with bylines are not reporting it is because it would be yet another nail in the coffer of the corrupt Clinton and democratic party apparatus. It is a scandalous thing that when this occurred the DNC operatives with bylines chose to attack those pointing out this smelled of something downright dirty and corrupt. It is even more disturbing that they are ignoring the story and just more proof that they are completely in the bag for these criminals. The sad truth is that we have been turned into a banana republic by these crooks.
Collectivists, but especially collectivist elites, hate capitalism – I mean real capitalism, where the people involved in a transaction do so of their own free will and without any government coercion or theft to influence the deal – because it limits their opportunity for graft. I don’t think that it is a coincidence that it was during the presidency of Bill Clinton that we started not only offshoring so much American manufacturing and know-how, often with the Clintons making big money from it. Do you remember the Chinese military contribution to Bill’s campaign that gave China access to both nuclear technology and critical missile technology to accurately deliver the nukes under the guise of trade? Several decades of expensive R&D and close to a trillion dollar of technology and know-how went to China for a measly $2 million to Bills campaign.
We should have known then that this was the direction America was heading in. I don’t think it is a coincidence that the sector making the most money today is the one that sells favors. And revelations like this one, clarify why that is the case:
I wouldn’t want to be standing too close to this Doug Band guy anytime soon, especially not before the election Nov. 8.
Another thing I wouldn’t want to do is have to write a life insurance policy for Doug Band. In case you haven’t been paying much attention to the inner workings of the Clinton Foundation as detailed in the WikiLeaks dumps, Doug Band’s role is summed up nicely in this headline from the L.A. Times:
“An aide says he once arranged for $50 million in payments for Bill Clinton.”
Fifty million! And now it’s all laid out, in public documents, by Doug Band himself. Far, far beyond a reasonable doubt, if you want to get technical about it. Even James Comey could make this case — but he wants to keep breathing, too.
These latest leaks really do explain the whole breathtaking pay-to-play aspect of the Clinton Foundation. Band is bragging about his prowess as an extortionist, although he prefers to call it “the unorthodox nature of our roles.” But he does point out with some pride that his shakedowns, I mean charitable outreaches on behalf of Bill Clinton, “guided more than $30 million for him personally, with $66 million to be paid out over the next nine years.”
Wow! Whatever happened to, “Never write when you can speak, never speak when you can nod, never nod when you can wink”?
These people didn’t just write it down, they emailed it out, on unsecure servers.
Amazing enough that the mobsters running this racketeering enterprise are totally out in the open, not even bothering with masks. But the outfit’s capo, or consigliere, is the odds-on favorite to become the next president of the United States.
Everybody trying to understand this Clinton Foundation grift is asking themselves, “How come nobody ever thought of this kind of mega-scam before?”
My answer would be, earlier racketeers dreamed of such a grift, but they quickly realized they could never get away with it. They would have been locked up faster than Al Capone or Whitey Bulger.
But these are the Clintons. They make the Kennedys seem law-abiding. And we are no longer in “America,” we live in a banana republic, where everything is for sale, from the top down.
Our new money making economy is no longer about making things of value, but about selling favors, shuffling around paper at a huge cost, and in general paying off grievance mongers and their ilk. Basically what we now have an elite class that fleeces us all. They make massive amounts of money trading favors and blowing massive amounts of tax payer money on bureaucratic morass while the rest of us that still are productive get told we need to give up even more of what we make so they can keep doing what they are doing.
Trump may be a douche, but the Clintons are fucking criminals of the highest order. And all the focus on the bullshit about Trump being a poor candidate or running a poor campaign, the fantasies that other candidates would have done better, or the concern that Trump is a dirty talker, whatever your real motive for attacking him while ignoring the fact the Clintons make him look like a boy scout, only serves to help usher in an even more incompetent presidency than that of Obama.
Ask yourself why this campaign is about Trumps inadequacies and not about the issues and the Clintons corruption. If your take on it is that’s Trumps fault, then you are a dupe. Yes, you are. You either have been manipulated by a corrupt and beholden media and social machine into ignoring the obvious and focusing on irrelevancies, or you are holding a grudge and as people driven by emotions always do, make a an impulse driven mistake. Yeah, most of us might not like Trump, but cutting your nose off to spite your face, and handing Clinton the presidency is a bad idea. That is unless you like what is going on today and have convinced yourself this is all good, or is better than a Trump presidency, for some reason only you fathom, and that it all wont blow up in our face. Of course, if you are one of those idiots, then appeals to logic and facts matter little to you anyway. Me, I want the establishment that exists today to die an ugly death for what they have done. Both parties are corrupt.
And while the DNC operatives with bylines are trying their best to ignore the reality, we are forced to use foreign sources to again point out that Hillary got away with a huge number of crimes because Obama would have gone down with her. From the article:
It appears US President Barack Obama lied to the US public when he said that he found out about Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email scandal on the news, with new leaked emails from Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta seemingly contradicting Obama’s version of events.
Included the 18th batch of the Podesta Emails, released by WikiLeaks, is a March 7, 2015 email sent by Clinton spokesperson Josh Schwerin to communications director Jennifer Palmieri, press secretary Nick Merrill and others, referring to comments Obama made about the Clinton email scandal.
No, it doesn’t appear to be the case that Obama lied: Obama lied. His presidency, after promising transparency never seen before, has been about one where they have foisted lie after the lie on the American people. If you were still wondering why Hillary was running for the office of POTUS instead of making license plates in an orange jumpsuit, then you now have the obvious answer: Obama made sure she walked because he would have gone down with her.
Crooks the lot of them. They have destroyed our economy, wrecked healthcare, pissed away trillions buying votes with one government scam after the other, abused the office, destabilized the world and made it a far more dangerous place – the usual suspects will of course love you to buy their lies that was done by someone else I will not mention despite the fact that our Nobel Peace Prize winner now has 5 concurrent wars going on – wrecked the relationship with America’s allies while kissing up to its enemies, with little or no success to change their hatred and hostility towards us or their abuses of that trust, ground our military into the dirt, and emboldened some of the most frightening and dangerous actors on the planet to challenge stability. The man has been a complete failure. And he was aided in doing all this crap by Clinton, whom now wants to double down on the same policies and go even further than Obama. But our election remains about people with little credibility saying Trump saying bad things to women!
The usual democratic party operatives with bylines are hard at work trying to confound you and provide cover for what seems to be the most banana republicesque election cycle to hit this Country. Pradva of NY has a piece titled “Officials Fight Donald Trump’s Claims of a Rigged Vote“, where they try hard to make Trump sound like a loon for claiming the election is rigged. You can find more of the same at CNN, where an article titled “Trump ratchets up ‘rigged election’ claims, which Pence downplays desperately wants to convince you Trump has gone off the deep end, and even his VEEP is scrambling to cover for that. The WaPo takes it even further with a propaganda piece titled “Trump claims election is ‘rigged’ and seems to suggest Clinton was on drugs at debate. The horror! The man is off his rockers!
Of course, what they hope you are unaware off, and definitely avoiding in all this Kabuki theater, is that fact that Hillary’s people already rigged the Democratic primaries:
In its recent leak of 20,000 DNC emails from January 2015 to May 2016, DNC staff discuss how to deal with Bernie Sanders’ popularity as a challenge to Clinton’s candidacy. Instead of treating Sanders as a viable candidate for the Democratic ticket, the DNC worked against him and his campaign to ensure Clinton received the nomination.
Yeah you might want to deflect by pretending that this crime was just to secure a Hillary victory and was just a primary race, but how much of a stretch is it to extrapolate, based on the massive amount of illegal activities and absolute corruption by every level of this administration during the last 8 years, that these people, seeing how Hillary simply isn’t able to seal the deal – even with massive media shilling and lying, oodles of tainted money, and an opposition candidate that is a giant douche – would feel compelled to rig the national election as well? After all, these are the same people that have spent the last 8 years sicking the IRS, DOJ, FBI, and every other government bureaucracy you can think of on enemies of the left. The same people that continue to break the law at their leisure, lie with impunity about doing that law breaking, and engage in the most underhanded and downright criminal of activities, without fear of repercussions of any kind!
At the risk of having Hal that thinks only the DNC operatives with bylines that have been shilling, lying, covering and colluding with the left should be seen as legitimate, I point out that others have found serious issues. While the left would love you to buy the nonsense that voter fraud is a myth, and that anyone trying to tackle that is doing so out of racist motivations, reality bears out otherwise. The left lies about the fact that it not only exists, but is pervasive and favors them. Don’t take my word for it: here is NYC Democratic Commissioner of the Board of Elections Alan Schulkin admitting it is the case. Remember that the Sanders campaign hinted at the fact there was fraud – and we now know the nomination was rigged so there likely was fraud – going on. Same applies to Trump winning the republican nomination.
Ask yourself: why would democrats be fine with the scary fact that there are 4 million ineligible or dead voters on the rolls? And then there are the large number of articles we have seen, over just the last few months, practically all largely ignored by the DNC operatives with bylines, of county after county – across the country – finding some from of fraud. From illegals, felons, and dead people voting, to people that vote multiple times or vote illegally for the other side’s candidate. Here is one from the beginning of the year, long before Trump said anything. Then there was this one dealing with non-citizens voting in frighting numbers in Maryland. And just today we found out that Texas is investigating allegations of voter fraud in Tarrant county.
The list of cases of voter fraud is extensive, even if Google does its best to hide the facts and serves up the left’s pap about fraud being a myth unless you put in refined and detailed criteria to avoid it doing that crap.And the fact that the fraud is committed predominantly by those that will cast their vote for party of free shit and anarchy, isn’t a coincidence. I actually happen to think that Trump is way off on his claims. There will be no need for fraud, because in the end, with so much on the line and the left not being able to take the risk of the reigns of power going to someone else and the people finding out the levels of depravity and abuse that have been going on, will take a page right out of Stalin’s playbook this election. As Stalin pointed out:
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
Yeah, voter fraud will not decide the election: the people that will hand it to Hillary will. That’s how banana republics work.