Preserve Your Right to be Victimized

 

Amazing Randi

How Many Synonyms Can There Be For the Word “Lies”?

 
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I’m hearing from the media that whereas President Trump provided “a torrent of lies,” President Biden has “missteps,” “characteristic stumbles” and “false statistical interpretations.”

But not lies. 🙂

I’m envisioning media gnomes wearing out their thesauruses for the next four years trying to come up with synonyms for the word “lies.”

A couple of things I don’t like:

  1. Being treated like an imbecile who doesn’t grasp nuances of the English language and doesn’t know when he’s being brainwashed.
  2. The absence in our country of an honest free press. This would really solve a lot of problems. A lot.

Why I Can’t Be a Liberal

 

I saw a couple of things trending on Twitter today . . . one was the death of Rush Limbaugh, and the other was “Rest in Piss,” a vulgarism that a lot of people were using to celebrate Limbaugh’s death.

My own political views aren’t based on left or right, Democrat or Republican. They’re based mainly on freedom and self-reliance. If you can mind your own business, keep your hands to yourself and you’re not defrauding anyone, you can do anything you like, I don’t care.

For example, if you want to have an abortion, if you want to marry someone of the same sex, go ahead. These views would align me with people on the left of the political spectrum.

I’m also disgusted by the right-wing penchant to inject religion into politics.

But I would never, never, never identify myself as liberal, as progressive . . . liberals are everything they pretend to hate and they’re too dumb to see it. They proclaim themselves as beacons of tolerance and inclusion but they are always the most hateful, violent bigots I ever meet.

Imagine if Donald Trump died! We’d get the Limbaugh celebration to the nth power. We would drown in the vulgarity of it. I mean Limbaugh was just a guy who did a midday radio show, long past his peak of influence.

Let’s do a thought experiment. Pick some prominent left-wing pundit, like Chris Cuomo or Larry O’Donnell. Or pick your own favorite. If one of them got sick and died, would that trigger a vulgar celebration of their death to trend on Twitter? I don’t think it would.

Celebrating a person’s death, except maybe a mass murderer, is abhorrent. I don’t know what else to say . . .

Newsom Recall and Signature Matching

 

Our governor here in California, Gavin Newsom, once considered a rising superstar in the Democratic Party, is suddenly facing a serious effort to get him removed from power.

The petition “Rescue California” has gathered over 1.5 million signatures, enough to qualify to put his recall up for a vote; but the State of California is poised to go into overdrive to throw out signatures that do not match exactly.

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The state of California is controlled by a whole bunch of Democrats. One-party rule. They are going to go through every single signature and throw out ones they don’t like.

California’s suddenly renewed interest in strict signature-matching when it comes to the Newsom recall petition contrasts with its comparatively low 0.6% ballot rejection rate in the 2020 election, a rejection rate notably lower than the March primary even though more than twice as many people voted.

Donald Trump, of course, would not be able to win California under any set of circumstances, but
the lack of strict signature-matching in 2020 elections in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan, leading to lower ballot rejection rates, was a key complaint by Trump’s re-election campaign.

Ballot rejection rates across most swing states plummeted in the 2020 election, as compared to prior general elections in mid-term and presidential election years.

Georgia’s ballot rejection rate dropped from 6.42% in 2016 to 0.35% in 2020, according to Ballotpedia. Pennsylvania’s dropped from 1% to 0.03%, and Michigan’s from 0.5% to 0.1%.

The consistent enforcement of signature-matching standards would hypothetically have led to fewer votes for Joe Biden, since the mail-in and absentee ballots broke so dramatically in his direction.

Meanwhile, in California, reports indicate that signature-matching is going into overdrive in a bid to protect Newsom.

Newsom is quickly falling from grace, even among Democratic voters. He went back and forth over the legislature’s proposed vaccination rules and has struggled to convince teachers and administrators to reopen schools. California has also changed its vaccine distribution plan several times since vaccines became available, catching some providers unprepared, and currently ranks 39th among the 50 states in terms of percentage of doses administered. And his policy on lockdowns has pleased no one: Conservatives have accused him of strangling the economy with restrictions on businesses, while public-health experts have criticized his decision last month to lift regional stay-at-home orders as premature.

But President Joe Biden seems to be willing to back the California governor publicly. Biden has opposed the Newsom recall effort. No word on if he also opposes the state’s sudden push for strict signature-matching.

EppsNet at the Movies: Happy Old Year

 

Happy Old Year is a Thai movie about letting go of the past, holding on to the past, self-awareness (or lack thereof). You’ll laugh, you’ll cry . . . I had to take off a star because, and I’m not spoiling anything here, the male lead has two girlfriends, not really at the same time, and I can’t imagine what either of them sees in this selfish putz.

I’d give the star back if the lead actress took her clothes off but she doesn’t. 🙁

Rating: 4-stars

Happy Old Year

A woman wants to reorganize her house and convert it into a home office. She will throw away anything that has been lying around unused. However, she faces a great challenge when she comes across some items that belonged to her ex-boyfriend.

Director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Cast: Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Sunny Suwanmethanont, Sarika Sartsilpsupa, Thirawat Ngosawang

IMDb rating: 7.3 (1517 votes)

Larry Elder Debunks 2020 Election Voter Integrity

 

The boilerplate is a little dramatic but the video is intelligent and fact-based.

Thomas Jefferson on Impeachment 2.0

 
Thomas Jefferson

My fellow Americans –

I remind you that members of Congress are your employees, hired and paid by you, the American people, and that, as you know, they have decided to waste their time on a second impeachment proceeding, a charade for which, like the first impeachment, the outcome is known in advance, rather than to conduct more important business, which might include confirming cabinet appointments, COVID relief, or getting our children back in school.

Think about any employer you’ve ever had and what the result would be if you said “I know you hired me and you’re paying me to do important work, but I’ve decided instead to just waste everyone’s time and money.”

Thomas Jefferson

Why Do We Have Pessimistic Brains?

 

From my notes on Coursera’s Positive Psychology course:

The most recent geological epoch that we lived through, the Pleistocene, was the Ice Ages. Famine, flood, ice, drought, more ice.

Now, imagine a primate mentality that thought, “What a lovely day today out there. I bet tomorrow is going to be really lovely as well.” That mentality got crushed by the ice.

The mentality that survived, the brains that we have, are bad weather brains. They’re brains that say “looks like a nice day out there, but tomorrow the ice is coming.”

And that is the way we process, automatically, information about a good world. Depression, anger, paranoia have served us very well. In the Ice Ages, it was a very good idea to think that bad stuff was coming.

But consider the possibility that human progress actually exists, and that prosperity, a good world, living well, not having a tragedy every day is a normal form of life.

If we have the Ice Age mentality, we are incapable of enjoying the prosperity that we have worked so hard to have.

So, if we actually live in a more benign world, and we want to enjoy the world we live in, we have to break the hammerlock of the negative. What needs teaching, what needs nurturance, support and justification is not pessimism, but an optimistic view of the world.

More People I’m Sick Unto Death Of

 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is demanding that people stop using animal terms as insults — such as calling other humans “chicken” or “pig” — not because they want to encourage good manners but because it’s “speciesist” language.

I really don’t understand the obsession some people have with telling other people how to speak.

Thomas Jefferson on Impeachment

 
Thomas Jefferson

My fellow Americans –

Now that the dimwits in Congress have decided to run an impeachment trial on a president who is no longer in office, I suppose they could decide to impeach me, even though I am not only no longer in office but dead.

The charges would likely relate to the fact that I was a slave owner.

I don’t think it will happen though, given my approval rating vs. theirs. I actually have a monument in Washington, D.C., which certainly none of the current congressional fatheads will receive.

Thomas Jefferson

Dude, Where’s My Insurrection?

 

Mail-In Voting Not Valid or Fair?

 

My Boyhood Sports Icons Are Dying: Henry Aaron

 

Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron was an outfielder with the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. He was a 25-time All-Star, was elected to the MLB Hall of Fame in 1982, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.

He holds the MLB career records for RBI (2,297) and total bases (6,856), and was baseball’s home run king from 1974, when he hit number 715 off the Dodgers’ Al Downing, until 2007, when he was surpassed by the cheater Barry Bonds, who made a mockery of the most hallowed page of the MLB record book.

Bonds hit 73 home runs in 2001 at the age of 37, and as Reggie Jackson said at the time, he would have hit 100 if anybody had pitched to him (he also had 177 walks). Aaron never hit more than 45 home home runs in a single season.

Muhammad Ali once called Aaron “the only man I idolize more than myself.”

RIP Henry Aaron

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Positive Psychology

 

Discuss:

There is no such thing as virtue.
No such thing as a good life.
No such thing as happiness.
No such thing as a future. The future is merely determined by the past.

How to Defeat Fear

 

Once, there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear.

She didn’t want to do that.

Fear seemed too aggressive. It was scary. It seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle.

The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small and fear was looking big and wrothful. They both had their weapons ready.

The young warrior aroused herself and went toward fear and she asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?”

Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.”

Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?”

Fear replied, “My weapons are, I talk very fast and I get very close to your face. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me. You can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you do not do what I say, then I have no power.”

In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.

Biden: Nothing We Can Do About Virus

 

Biden’s Initial Approval Rating: 48 Percent!?

 

Biden got 80 million votes (allegedly), fawning news coverage and he starts with a 48 percent approval rating?!

What does that suggest?

(Don’t say it out loud or you’ll be cancelled.)

But At Least They Removed Trump

 

A sex trafficking victim has filed a lawsuit against Twitter in a U.S. district court in California, alleging that the social media giant knowingly received and distributed child pornography.

According to the court filing, John Doe said he was solicited and recruited for sex trafficking as a minor. After his escape, material depicting his abuse was disseminated on Twitter.

“When Twitter was first alerted to this fact and John Doe’s age, Twitter refused to remove the illegal material and instead continued to promote and profit from the sexual abuse of this child,” the plaintiffs allege.

John Doe and his parent contacted Twitter multiple times about the content, but Twitter allegedly didn’t suspend the accounts distributing those materials until a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent intervened.

Iran Celebrates Biden’s Inauguration

 

Iran, which was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1984, celebrated the inauguration of President Joe Biden yesterday. Seemingly oblivious to the concept of irony, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called Donald Trump a “stupid terrorist” while expressing optimism that Biden would be a friendlier partner to the state sponsor of terror.

I Scratch Your Back, You Scratch Mine 800,000 Times

 

Amazon offered to help the Biden administration on Wednesday, shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, with efforts to distribute the coronavirus vaccine, a proposal that the tech giant had not submitted to the Trump administration in the month since the vaccine was approved for public use.

Amazon also requested that its 800,000 employees be prioritized for vaccination.