Category: Etcetera

Where’s That Twitter Czar?

It seems so simple, a ready made blue print for success with the incoming president, look at what Obama did……………………then just do the opposite; Don’t ram partisan legislation through at the dead of night, work across the aisle, don’t lie (you can keep your doctor, premiums will go down, I tried to get input from the GOP for my new healthcare bill, the steel industry has never been more healthy, I will not fix the immigration problem through executive order, most young Americans now don’t even have health insurance, the most transparent administration in history, not even a smidgen of corruption, my budget proposals will not add to the national debt, the Benghazi attack was the result of a youtube video, etc, etc), respect the Constitution and do not subvert it with executive orders, don’t comment on events until you get the facts (the Cambridge police acted stupidly), don’t weaponize arms of the government to attack your foes, do not reward our global enemies and betray our friends, understand that American strength is the greatest deterrent to global bad actors and their revanchist ideas, treat the MSM fairly and do not try to shut out any network that doesn’t carry your water, but mostly understand that you are the president for all the people.

If Trump does these things, and gets a filter on that damn twitter account of his, he might just work out. I get the importance of his twitter feed, timely countering the nonsense and fake news that the MSM runs about him daily ( a great example of this is the nonsense that the RNC was also hacked by the Russians and since nothing surfaced there the Russians were clearly rooting for Trump, pure poop). And mostly he has used it effectively, where he gets into trouble is the insults. I really wish someone close would explain to him what acting presidential means. Countering fake news disseminated by the MSM, send tweet, an insult or a slight given by someone no one listens to, ignore it, how easy is that?

His handlers deflect such criticisms with ,”This is who he is, it got him elected”, OK, now he is The Man, he needs to change hats and start leading instead of running.

Obama exhibited tendencies of pettiness and petulance through out his term, it was not becoming, Trump (so far) is acting the same way, equally unbecoming.

Now, a word to the opposition, 8 years ago you guys won the election, my side was not happy about it but understood the euphoria and excitement. Your inaugural celebration day was magical (for you), we left you to your revelry and went out and got drunk. Do you think, maybe you can show just a moment of maturity and allow our side the same courtesy, to allow a new administration to be ushered in, and supporters left alone to celebrate, without riots, disruption or criminal behavior? We’ll see.

Oh, and go Clemson.

2016 Ending on a Low Note

Jesus:

Carrie Fisher, the actress best known as Star Wars‘ Princess Leia Organa, has died after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.

Family spokesman Simon Halls released a statement to PEOPLE on behalf of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd:

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement.

“She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Fisher was flying from London to Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 23, when she went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics removed her from the flight and rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for a heart attack. She later died in the hospital.

Within the last 48 hours, we’ve also lost Vera Rubin, who discovered dark matter and was an inspiration to generations of women who went into astronomy, and George Michael, whose music I didn’t particularly love but who meant a lot to many.

There’s been some arguing over whether 2016 has actually been that bad for celebrity deaths. The argument goes that we have more famous people than ever before and many of those are at an age where death is not unexpected (e.g., Rubin, who was 88). I can see that argument. And I won’t mourn too heavily for someone who lives to be in their 80’s or 90’s. But we’ve seen a lot of big names taken this year well before their time — Prince, Bowie and now Fisher. So I can see both sides of the argument.

Either way, Fisher was an icon to my generation and her presence in The Force Awakens was one of the many good things about it. I don’t know if you’ve seen Rogue One, but if you have, you’ll know why the ending of that movie is now particularly poignant (the movie is great, BTW, and you should totally see it).

RIP, Ms. Fisher. We didn’t have you with us nearly long enough.

Hey Mr DJ: Finale?

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

breakfast-club

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.

Kinda Fun

I would bet most of our readers are smarter than the average bear (a Yogi reference) so it’s time to put that knowledge to the test. Although, I guess, this is more an exercise in face recognition, good enough. About 60 questions, easy enough, and I believe our foreign readers can play as well;

Here is the test;

I had to guess on 3 of them, but I still felt confident. Here is my results;

Any more than 3 misses and we send you to go live in Hollywood,I figure you’d be happier living among your own kind, and you can’t vote for the next 4 years.And no, you can’t use the product of the public school system as an excuse.

Has This Ever Happened To You?

So, I take mom to a Warriors game.Bad enough that she has to wear that god awful sweater (if she could adopt Steph Curry, she would) but I tell her ,”mom it’s a long season, not the playoffs, so chill, OK?”. First she yells at the ref, calls him a honkin’ gonad, then, when I go get her a beer, this is whats playing on the jumbo tron;

I was wondering why, when I got back with her beer, everyone wanted to high five me.

Disclaimer; for you sourpusses, no, that was not my mom. We were actually 2 rows back :)

Trump’s Ace In The Hole

While watching Megyn last night I saw a truly fascinating interview, take a look;

I had never hear of this guy, that will soon change.

The prevailing view is that the dems are the tech party, tech savvy computer users that grabbed the millennials and boosted Obama into the WH. I have written a few posts condemning the GOP and their antiquated devices in politicking. How great it is to see that they have entered the 21st century.

MARK ZUCKERBERG IS trying hard to convince voters that Facebook had no nefarious role in this election. But according to President-elect Donald Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale, the social media giant was massively influential—not because it was tipping the scales with fake news, but because it helped generate the bulk of the campaign’s $250 million in online fundraising.

“Our biggest incubator that allowed us to generate that money was Facebook,” says Parscale, who has been working for the campaign since before Trump officially announced his candidacy a year and a half ago. Over the course of the election cycle, Trump’s campaign funneled $90 million to Parscale’s San Antonio-based firm, most of which went toward digital advertising. And Parscale says more of that ad money went to Facebook than to any other platform.

“Facebook and Twitter were the reason we won this thing,” he says. “Twitter for Mr. Trump. And Facebook for fundraising.”

And we learn a little bit about Jared’s bona fides. I’m going to find out more about this guy, especially if he is part of the new WH.

Oh, and all that whining from Hillary that Comey torpedoed her chances (everyone’s fault but her own, so predictable), turn out to be just more Clinton hyperventilating.

It’s ending.

I will be turning the server off before Dec. 8th. That is when the next bill comes due, and no, I don’t want to fund-raise anymore. I’m done. This site serves very few people and no purpose anymore except to let the same half dozen people yell at each other. This is only getting worse with President Trump. If the writers to start a site somewhere else and you want to use this domain, get at me. I can redirect it, etc.

Sorry, but it’s over. I’m shutting down almost every site I own, actually, because people are a never-ending disappointment. Between the onerous regulations of my state and the complete lack of support from anyone I know, my business is on hold as well. I’m out. My server is going dark.

I’d say it’s been fun but it really, really hasn’t.

The Election Post-Mortem and the Breaking of the Keyboard

I just posted this over on my own site. I have a few more posts to push out but I think I’m going to take a break for a while, probably until I put up my Thanksgiving post. This election has simply exhausted me. I have been doing this now for 12 years, nine at this site. And with the GOP descending into a populist chaos, I’m not sure how to go from here. We know that Right-Thinking will close at some point — the boost of funding helped Jim keep it going through the election. But we can’t go on much further.

Last night, I thought I was done with political blogging for good. This morning, though, after a walk and some thought, I’m not so sure. I am currently entertaining the idea of letting Right-Thinking close but starting up a new WordPress blog from the ashes. The blog would be open to posts from, basically, anyone who reads it but I would have editorial control. Another alternative is to just retreat to my long-neglected personal site. There, too, guests posts would be welcome.

But, as I said, I need to take a break from all this and think. Feel free to comment, especially if you happen to be Jim.

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Is the System Rigged? Define Rigged

Over the last few weeks, Donald Trump has been saying that the election is being “rigged” against him and is about to be stolen by the Democrats. He was asked about this during the last debate and indicated that he might not accept the election results. This had lead to two things: 1) the Democrats claiming his potential refusal to accept the result and claims of a rigged system are horrifying and dangerous; 2) Republicans citing examples of Democrats (notably Sanders and Warren) also claiming the system is rigged.

I wanted to unspool this a bit. Because a lot of words are being tossed around lightly that reference several inter-related issues that all fall the description of a “rigged” system.

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Regarding the site

Hey all. So, things are a little more desperate financially than I thought even last month, so I need to move on this ASAP.

I need anyone who is willing to fund this place in the short term to email me – stark23x at the gmail. Put RTFTLC Finances in the subject, if you could. If I could float a month or three without having to shut down the current server, that would give us breathing room.

Secondly, I need someone who knows WordPress and is willing to take on admin/back end duties to get in touch. Same email. My secondary problem is, I just don’t have the time right now to devote to moving/recreating this place elsewhere, so I’m looking for a technical volunteer.

I just found out yesterday that I may not ever be able to actually have my syrup business in this state. They are trying to pass some new regulations that forbid me from selling online. Ever.  Connecticut is just the frigging worst. This puts me in an even bigger hole than I expected and I don’t see any way out at the moment.

*edited to add Evenshrugged suggested a GoFundMe, so I set it up. gofund.me/rtftlc is the link. Obviously I’d be incredibly grateful for whatever help I could get. Life has sneaked up behind me and punched me square in the wallet lately.