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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#Podcast Episode 38: Feminism, Indiana, Safe Zones, and Ready Player 1

Mark gets spun up. Again. Yawn.

Feminists and campuses have turned into pre-schools. Mark and Jim do something Ashton Kutcher and Miley Cyrus do not: Actually READ the Indiana law and they find out some interesting facts, including the fact that Bill Clinton hates the gays. Mark read a book (I know, right?!) and reviews it! It's called "Ready Player 1" and it's due to be made into a movie. Jim continues to heal from his vacation. Here's some links:

Indiana's Law

List of Federal Agencies... Read. and despair.

Monday, March 30, 2015

I'll Take it Where I Can Get it, Thanks @BillKristol

I'm pretty certain Bill Kristol didn't mean to single me out regarding the final four as I've never really wrote much about it. However since he did:

I now feel obligated to write something up. After all, I respect Bill a lot and even if he accidentally typed in my twitter handle, it's my duty to suck up properly with gratitude and step up to the plate for this bit of accidental publicity.

So we have three number 1 seeds in the Final Four and MSU isn't one of them.That's the underdog vote there. But I'm not given to rooting for the underdog simply because they are the underdog. After all Kentucky is trying to be the first team to go undefeated since 1976. There's something to be said for rooting for excellence.

But I found out that the "M" in MSU stands for "Michigan" and not "Mississippi." This was very valuable information because Michigan is home to Detroit and that town needs something to smile about. Anything.

Wisconsin is a state that is known for it's cheese. Also the Green Bay Packers who win enough for any state's stable of teams. Still, Milwaukee gave Kansas City Ned Yost, who took the Royals to the World Series last year for the first time since 1985. (In case you missed that tidbit of information on the various telecasts' the first 753 times they mentioned it.) So I'll be forever grateful to Wisconsin for that.

Finally we have Duke. Now I can root against Duke. For a long time the whole tournament seemed to be a formality to giving Duke the trophy and in my mind, they became the Dallas Cowboys or New York Yankees of college basketball. Just ended up hating them for beating everyone all the time.

So what's my pick? Well I guess given the limp criteria I just mentioned here, I'm going with MSU. Mostly because everyone seems to discount them and I just love going against the grain. But I will disagree with Bill that the seeding had anything to do with my pick. Nor did logic, understanding of the sport, or knowledge of college athletics... but let's just stick with the seeding thing.

Rethink Everything! Yes, Even This!

My buddy Floyd emailed me a revelation that hit him now that he's in his fifties. Sandals and socks are a good thing.
People make fun of old men wearing socks with sandals. 
This has been a joke for as long as I can remember. 
This evening, as I sat out in my garage listening to the radio while wearing socks with sandals it finally hit me. 
I wear sandals because they are easy to put on/take off and they don't put undo stress on my feet.  Having sensitive feet this is important to me.  I wear socks because the fabric acts as a barrier/cushion and protects said sensitive feet from the rub points of said sandals. 
I'm an old man who wears socks with sandals and I have a damned good reason for doing so.  I will never again laugh at jokes with this as their point.
Huh. Now given that Nike is making those sandal that slip on the feet real easy, I've noticed my stepsons wearing them over their socks. It occurred to me that I am now a part of the sandwich generation. Older than me are wearing socks and sandals, younger than me are wearing socks and sandal, and I'm a lonely gen-x'er still wearing tennies. 

My Facts are Better Than Your Facts! So There! Nyaah!

I never cease to be amazed on how people use facts to support an untruth. As long as it bolsters their cause, there's no need to use context. Facts without context are useless in solving problems, at best. At worst, they turn into tools for outright lies.

Take this yahoo on twitter the other day. (This has been a few days ago now and I keep trying to get back to the blog but life has a way of diverting my attention.)

Ok. This is true. It's also stupid as it leaves out several facts to tell a larger story. For instance, the total population of blacks and whites. According to the FBI statistics, here's the distribution of crimes.

So yes, Whites commit more crimes in total. We are also 225 million vs 38 million as far as total number of population. If you do the math, 2.7% of white population are committing crimes vs. 6.5% of blacks. This means that blacks are more than three as likely to commit a crime as whites. If the populations were the same, the number of black crimes would be over 14 million!  

But wait, I'm still not satisfied with my facts, which clearly tell a different story. First of all, these are just arrests, not convictions. These aren't taking into account multiple arrests. And finally, what if the black population really was the equal of whites? My guess is there would be a greater cross section of economic circumstance and that the number of crimes would still be limited to the poor and inner city. Also whites who commit the greatest number of crimes are the poor so crime isn't just a race problem, it's an economic one. All told, the rate for blacks would probably not be as high.

My point is, that I'm am not just latching on to one fact and justifying it as a reason to close off discourse, I am trying to get as much information as possible. To solve a problem. you can't just use one fact.

Let's take a different scenario. My numbers are made up, but it isn't relevant to the idea I'm trying to convey.  If we look at Apple Ipads and Bob's Tablets, the number of tablets sold are vastly different. If Apple sells a million and 1000 break and have to be returned, that's .1%. If Bob sells 10,000 tablets and 500 break, that's 5%. But in her logic, the Ipad is worse because they have a total number of broken tablets higher than Bob's Tablets.

We'll never get anywhere with these attitudes. "I got my one fact and that's all I need to justify hate." Sounds like the same mindset whites used to have in the 50's.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#Podcast Episode 37: Starbucks, Cruz, Feminism, and US!

No not U.S., us! We talk about the stupid Starbucks racetogether campaign, Ted Cruz runs for president and Mark's not impressed, and feminists are actually misogynists. At the end, we talk about who we are and what we're about. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

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Manbabies Everywhere

I have said consistently that leftists are basically grown-up children. Adults physically but not mentally. However the leftist path is a simply a result of being infantile. The question is, why are so many adults determined to stay in that state? Case in point:
Getting in touch with your inner child has never been so expensive. 
The Brooklyn-based Preschool Mastermind, as it's called, is a preschool-type experience for adults. No, really. And according to its founder, there's show-and-tell, arts-and-crafts such as finger paint, games (think musical chairs) and even naps.
I cannot think of anything more silly than being an adult in pre-school. These special little snowflakes are realizing that adults aren't all that special. You have to do something to be special. So they pay to feel like they did in pre-school when everybody was special.

I hated pre-school. I hated school in fact. The conformity was oppressive and I didn't fit in. I like being an individual and schools more than ever try to stifle that. Independence is an adult thing. Responsibility comes with it. And that's hard and stuff. So now we have people actively paying to regress to a less mature state.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Glenn Beck's Out of the GOP. What Took So Long?

As John McClane told Powell when he finally had to face a dead body and bullets hitting his windshield after wandering around in a Twinkie fueled daze for 45 minutes,  "Welcome to the party, Pal."

I'm uncertain when I left the GOP but I will say it's complicated. See I still generally vote for the republican candidates but it's mostly a play at defeating Democrats. I'm not for the GOP, as much as I'm totally against the Dems. I feel like I'm sticking my fingers in the dike, but that's all.

Sure, I like Scott Walker but I believe, and I hope, he's actually an effective leader that will enact conservative principles. If that person was a democrat, I'd vote for him. Walker seems like the best suited in this race to do that in a field that isn't terribly exciting.

But as a party, the GOP is full of establishment types who only are there to keep their power. They just want to do it differently than the democrats. I wanted to get rid of Boehner and I wasn't hot on McConnell simply because I knew they wouldn't fight for conservative principles but simply go for mostly liberal ones. As opposed to Obama who is full on liberal.

That's why they don't fight the good fight. Amnesty is a political football and used mainly to see which party can get credit and secure those votes. Who cares if it's right or wrong or good for the country?

Not people who believe that government is a solution to problems. Not people who believe our rights come from what they allow. GOP talks a good game about the constitution but don't really give a damn about it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

#Podcast Episode 36: Hillary, Minimum Wage, Racism, Cinderella, and Chappie!

We talk more about Hillary's troubles, Jim's trip to Mexico, more idiotic racism crap, how the minimum wage is destroying businesses and liberals can't seem to figure it out. Jim sees the very latest movies from the 80's while Mark discusses Chappie and Cinderella. Guess which one he liked! Guess again!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Scott Walker vs. Hilary Clinton.. A Taste

Let’s imagine the first presidential debate in the fall of 2016 . . .

Out walks Clinton and Walker. They shake hands and Walker offers his arm as they walk over to the podiums. The image of a boy scout walking a senior citizen across the street comes to mind. Throughout the debate, she calls him Scott; he calls her Mrs. Clinton. She really is old enough to be his mother. Whenever she talks about the 1990s, his team shoots out e-mails to the media reminding the press that in the 1990s, he was younger than Chelsea is now, but he didn’t get a six-figure deal from a TV network for doing nothing. It’s the opposite of 2008, when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) looked grandfatherly and harried in comparison to then-junior Sen. Barack Obama.
Hilary is acting like this is a fait accompli. It's her turn, the King is leaving and she's next in line. I think we are getting tire of that act. The emails show she believes she's above it all. Walker is a man of the people if there ever was one. We'll see what the American people are still willing to fall for or if they've had enough and are getting informed.  

Friday, March 13, 2015

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THIS is Why Disney Buying Star Wars Was a Good Thing

Star Wars fans have been hoping for Disney/Lucasfilm to release the unaltered, original cut of the first Star Wars trilogy, and according to sources from, that's what they're planning to do.

The site reports that Disney is planning to release the original cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-Ray. The goal of the project that has reportedly been under way for a long time is to release A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi in their complete and original form without the redone special edition SFX. The plan was to release the Trilogy on Blu-ray before Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out on December 18. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I made a Newspaper!

Kinda. Seems like a neat thing. I know I have a lot of automated tweets based on some newsreaders I created. Once a day it collates. Hope you like it!

Monday, March 9, 2015

#Podcast Episode 35: Hilary's House of Cards

Mark discusses season 3 of House of Cards. We talk about Hilary's Email issues. Jim and Mark have a fight over Scott Walker. The fight is interrupted by their arrival at work where they beat each other with shovels in the parking lot. On the way home they talk about the 50 states and what each of them have the most of. Various news stories and how racist the left has become.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#Podcast Episode 34: Spock Dies, Hilary’s Health, Bill’s Portrait, Clinton Emails, and the Liberal Mind

We take some time to discuss the death of the great Leonard Nimoy. We discuss Scott Walker taking on ISIS... whoops we mean labor unions. Easy to mix them up. We discuss Hilary's health, Bill Clinton's portrait, Hilary's email and foundation troubles, and the mind of a liberal douchebag.