Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fake news is "killing people's minds", says Apple boss Tim Cook

From The Telegraph

Made-up news reports trying to promote a particular agenda gained huge traction on social media in the US during the election. 

“It has to be ingrained in the schools, it has to be ingrained in the public,” said Mr Cook. “There has to be a massive campaign. We have to think through every demographic.

Well, Comrade Cook.  

Might I be so bold to suggest that the view expressed here smacks of US “rubes” being too ignorant to parse the truth from the noise.  

And this therefore requires enlightened visionaries (such as yourself) to block and cleanse the various social information streams of incorrect content for the benefit of these poor souls.  

Further Comrade Cook, the public school system, which has spent far too much time inculcating young minds to forego critical thinking in deference to Social Justice, is cranking out Millennial snowflakes incapable of civil discourse or rational thought based on facts, logic, and tempered by reason, with a measured appreciation for human history.  

Instead, Comrade Cook, you seem to believe this current process in the US school system needs to be cranked up to 11 - Spinal Tap style.  

Might I also suggest you figure out how to make Apple’s MacBook Pro upgrades better, as higher end Windows computers are quickly approaching parity with your offering, and my mid-2010 laptop will not last indefinitely.  


Sunday, February 05, 2017

I Don't Understand...

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said President Donald Trump was “splitting” the country apart with what she called “a blizzard of executive orders and memorandums.” 

So, let me get this straight.  

The 44th President can’t deal with the Congress because it is controlled by the Republicans since the country (not the Russians) moved to give them control in 2014.  Note: Ronald Reagan was successful and he had a Democrat Congress for eight full years (both chambers).  

The 44th President makes good on his threat to use a “pen and a phone” issuing a blizzard of executive orders and memorandums, many of which represent a lack of fidelity to his oath to “faithfully execute” laws, even ones he does not like.  

The country elects Donald Trump (for better or worse), and Trump starts dismantling the executive orders of the previous President.  

Now, the Democrats, having lost complete control of the federal government claim Trump is “splitting” the country apart.  They increasingly sound like the old-Confederate secessionists.  

They’ve drummed out virtually all of the Blue Dog Democrats of their formerly “big tent” political party, and the whacky Progressive Left and the full-on Socialist-Marxists are thumb wrestling for control of the Party, hoping to eradicate the few Blue Dogs still in the Party who disagree with their myopic focus on bathrooms and sex organs (at least the Bernie crowd had some exuberance; the rest of the Party has failed to reach the all important first step of the 12-step program — the recognition for a need to change).  

I don’t trust the Republicans either.  

But it was telling during the campaign that the establishment Republicans were working feverishly behind the scenes to throw the race to Hillary, because Trump represented an uncouth and uncontrollable unknown; at least Hillary was fully known, and would have turned the government into an ATM for corruption, and that was music in the ears of both Parties.  

Well, Dianne Feinstein et al. -- keep up the hyperbole, melt downs, and nausea inducing outrage over everything, everywhere 24/7/365.  All.  The.  Time.  

Do you want more Trump?  Because this is how you get more Trump.  

Thursday, September 08, 2016

How utterly Progressive...

USS Peleliu (LHA-5) to be used as a homeless shelter in San Francisco?  

Hey, I’ve got an idea.  

We can use the USS Missouri (BB-63) as an outreach center and youth hostel for the transgendered, and for LGBTQI pride celebrations (it can be re-painted with rainbow colors, instead of that tacky boat-gray). 

And, we can use the USS Iowa (BB-61) as a methadone dispensary and Opioid Treatment Center.  And, we can use the USS Yorktown (CV-10) as a Syrian Refugee processing center, like Ellis Island, but only with much smaller doors.  

The USS Intrepid (CV-11) can be used as a 'safe space' for those who are easily triggered and constantly offended by thoughts and speech which differ from their own.    The USS Midway (CV-43) can be used as a re-education Gulag for those in the population who deny the Global Warming Orthodoxy (the hull will have to be renamed the USS Torquemada).   

Just think “out of the box.”  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

SECDEF Ash Carter

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said many times that the majority of enlisted military recruits come from just six states, and he would like to see a more diverse and inclusive recruitment pool.  Southern States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Georgia plus mostly-Western States of Idaho, Arizona, Maine, Hawaii and Alaska are screwing the Diversity & Inclusion pooch.  Ash Carter has his eye on Texas and Kentucky, too. 

"We need many more recruits from the Pajama Boy regions of the nation across the Fruited Plain, so that our goals of counteracting deleterious effects of the rampant cis-heteronormative culture in the Military can be accelerated.”   

"We will be immediately be sending our Armed Forces recruiters into the Bath Houses of San Francisco, Coffee Bistros in Seattle, and the Blood Plasma-for-Ca$h locations in Milwaukee to offset this geographic bias polluting the enlisted makeup of these US Armed Forces.”  

Monday, July 25, 2016


CNN Reporter Brianna Keilar's feed was cut when she departed from 'The Narrative’ 

CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC-LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM, FOX, NPR, CNBC - they all have a narrative to push, and most newspapers are in bed with one or both political parties, too.  The WikiLeaks from the DNC demonstrate the coordination to manipulate the “news.” 

Crowdstrike reports that the DNC leaks have the fingerprints of the Russian FSB and / or GRU (not a Bulgarian hacker), and it appears that Russia has chosen their candidate: Trump.  

From Foreign Policy Magazine:

Larger implications. Last month, the DNC and security firm CrowdStrike reported that hackers likely working on behalf of two Russian intelligence agencies had broken intoDNC servers and made off with opposition research and email messages. After that report, a hacker calling himself Guccifer 2.0 stepped forward and took responsibility for the hack, saying he had nothing to do with Moscow’s intelligence services. But Guccifer is most likely a fiction created by the GRU, Russian military intelligence, and the FSB, the successor group to the KGB, to mask their role in the hack — and the subsequent attempt to influence the U.S. election.

The hackers. One group, FANCY BEAR or APT 28, obtained access in April, while the other, COZY BEAR, or APT 29, first entered the network in the summer of 2015. A good place to start to get a handle on all this is the New York Times’ Adrian Chen’s June 2015 in-depth look at Russian troll and hacker factories.

Politics. The Clinton campaign has taken the opportunity to tie the Trump campaign as closely as possible to the Kremlin, with Clinton’s campaign chief, Robby Mook, tellingABC News Sunday that “it’s troubling that some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.” The Trump campaign rejected such accusations.

Russian connections. Last week, FP’s Dan De Luce and Paul McLeary wrote that Trump has surrounded himself with advisors who have had direct business ties to Moscow, including campaign manager, Paul Manafort, a onetime consultant to the pro-Moscow former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. One of his military advisors, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, was invited to sit at Putin’s table at a December dinner in Moscow sponsored by RT, the government-funded news network, and Carter Page, a former consultant to Russia’s state-owned gas giant, Gazprom, has suggested Washington is to blame for raising tensions with Moscow over Ukraine. Trump’s surrogates also successfully watered down language in the GOP platform to remove calls for arming Ukraine’s forces against pro-Russian separatists.

You throw on top of this, the little fact that six big companies control 90% of the media in the US, and you once again (in my opinion), have the case where “Big-ism,” or anything with a “big” in front of it (big Government, big Business, big Labor, big Media etc.) is not good for the Republic, or the Body Politic.  Big-ism results in leverage to engage in influence peddling, and the US government and political parties (especially our Maximum Grifters, Hillary and Bill) are harvesting money to provide quid quo pro to whomever greases the machine.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

BREAKING: MA Attorney General Maura Healey bans sale of so-called "assault weapons”

From the Boston Globe 

"The [Evil, Wicked, Dastardly] gun industry has found a way to exploit our laws, a loophole of potentially horrific proportions. And it’s time we act."  "In the face of utter inaction by Congress, states have a duty to enact and enforce laws that protect people from gun violence. "

The Massachusetts AG reserves the right to expand the definition of "assault weapons” beyond what was enacted into law by the Massachusetts legislature, to include firearms which the AG deems to be copies, likes, similar to or having the same operating system, or somewhat functional nature to that defined in the law.

This closes a “loophole” that allowed guns not defined in the law as “assault weapons” to be sold in the Commonwealth.  

“Assault weapon”, shall have the same meaning as a semiautomatic assault weapon as defined in the federal Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. section 921(a)(30) as appearing in such section on September 13, 1994, and shall include, but not be limited to, any of the weapons, or copies or duplicates of the weapons, of any caliber, known as: (i) Avtomat Kalashnikov (AK) (all models); (ii) Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and Galil; (iii) Beretta Ar70 (SC-70); (iv) Colt AR-15; (v) Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR and FNC; (vi) SWD M-10, M-11, M-11/9 and M-12; (vi) Steyr AUG; (vii) INTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9 and TEC-22; and (viii) revolving cylinder shotguns, such as, or similar to, the Street Sweeper and Striker 12; provided, however, that the term assault weapon shall not include: (i) any of the weapons, or replicas or duplicates of such weapons, specified in appendix A to 18 U.S.C. section 922 as appearing in such appendix on September 13, 1994, as such weapons were manufactured on October 1, 1993; (ii) any weapon that is operated by manual bolt, pump, lever or slide action; (iii) any weapon that has been rendered permanently inoperable or otherwise rendered permanently unable to be designated a semiautomatic assault weapon; (iv) any weapon that was manufactured prior to the year 1899; (v) any weapon that is an antique or relic, theatrical prop or other weapon that is not capable of firing a projectile and which is not intended for use as a functional weapon and cannot be readily modified through a combination of available parts into an operable assault weapon; (vi) any semiautomatic rifle that cannot accept a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds of ammunition; or (vii) any semiautomatic shotgun that cannot hold more than five rounds of ammunition in a fixed or detachable magazine. 

You see, the law does not mean what is written into statutes.  The law is a “living and breathing” document, that can mean much, much more than what the words say, and can be interpreted by caring and impassioned public servants with Progressive Values to mean whatever the hell they want it to mean.  

You know, like with a pen and a phone.  

This decree pretty much bans all semi-autoloadinglong rifles from being sold in the state of Massachusetts.  

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ 3)

In the article, which in my view is not terribly well written, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ 3) speaks to "Right wing extremists” (who he remarkably compares to the Orlando Pulse shooter) and the clear and present danger (my words) to public lands, pointing to the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon at the beginning of this year.  Mr. Grijalva is the US House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member. 

“The growing threat of violence and terrorism by anti-government groups is a threat that demands timely congressional attention and action, yet the Republican leadership has willfully ignored that threat in the wake of a deadly attack this weekend in Orlando,” he said. “Americans are against demanding action from Congress to prevent dangerous people from accessing deadly weapons to kill innocent Americans.” 

And he conflates firearms ownership with public land use and feckless Republicans and “Right wing extremists” a.k.a. terrorists.  That is an awfully large brush he tars many, many people with, especially in the West.  

Also, I suspect perhaps Mr. Grijalva may be wanting to hitch a ride on the Orlando shooting; in the words of Rahm Emanuel, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” 

The feds own 30% of the land in the US, most of it out west.  The article also does not mention changes that have occurred in public land use policy in the last 30 years, and how that may be factoring into lives of private citizens who had prior land use agreements with the government either unilaterally rescinded or modified class-action. 

Also, brutish administrative rule making by the EPA, effective August 28, 2015, is suddenly vastly redefining what landowners can do on their own property.  This is evidenced by the illegal (my opinion) rule making from the Obama EPA creatively “reinterpreting” the Clean Water Act away from statutory language of “navigable waterways” to the new “WOTUS” or Waters of the US, where ponds, lakes, wadis, depressions or ravines where water may temporary collect or flow, temporary wetlands and any stream, culvert natural or manmade, that the EPA deems would have an effect on downstream navigable waters (on both public land and private property).   

This reinterpretation morphing the Clean Water Act into WOTUS pretty much encompasses the whole country in what amounts to a large land grab from landowners and the States who thought they were in charge of managing their lands (why, yes, you my buy your ‘own' property, but you first must solicit from Glorious Bureaucracy permission to, you know, do anything with it - and the State DNR’s, well, you report now to us).  The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on June 1st that private landowners have standing and can join the lawsuit by the States to challenge the legality of this particular expansion of Federal oversight.  

And notably nowhere in the article was any mention of the public land adjoining Mexico, where ,for one example, the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge is posted as off limits to US Citizens, as control has effectively been ceded to the Mexican Drug Cartels.  Other areas include Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and the Coronado National Forest.  

Where is Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva’s commentary on this public land use issue?  Where is the Department of Interior?  

If Mr. Grijalva wants to explore the origins of the problem with “Right wing extremists,” I suggest he and his power hungry colleagues (in both parties) take a long, sober look in the mirror.