Monday, September 18, 2017

The White House Moved To LA Last Night

You may as well bring a big pan of lasagna or a bundt cake to the Emmy Awards as a house warming gift; President Trump has taken up permanent residence inside their heads.
Los Angeles (AFP) - Television's glittering Emmys placed politics front and center on Sunday, lavishing "The Handmaid's Tale" with awards for its bleak portrait of an authoritarian America.

The glitzy ceremony in downtown Los Angeles -- the first under the administration of President Donald Trump -- was widely expected to have a strongly political flavor, and host Stephen Colbert set the tone in his opening monologue.
Stephen took a break from spraying graffiti on the sides of subway cars in order to host the awards.
"However you feel about the president, and you do feel about the president, you can't deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way," he said.
First Lady Melania will have her staff sweep out the dust liberals, spray for Screen Actors Guild cockroaches and toss out the porn before settling in for a major remodeling effort.

The news article goes on to list the programs that received Emmy awards but *yawn* who cares...

Unabomber Chic and the Low Rent Domestic Terrorist

Unabomber then and now

Remember the Unabomber? That weird, reclusive domestic terrorist guy holed up in his cabin with nothing but a copy of Al Gore's "Earth in the Balance" and a box of crazy flakes, as he plotted which of his fellow citizens he had to kill in order to save Mother Gaia.  While he was out saving the environment through better bombing, he wore a mask. Even though he was nuttier than squirrel poop about the environment, he didn't want to get caught!

I noticed a certain fashion sense that Ted Kaczynski shared with many of the people we find in our streets today, on the avant-garde of protests, as opposed to American protesters in years past. When I started writing this, I was just going to highlight the differences between the Civil Rights marches of the sixties, with marchers in coats and ties, holding America flags (right side up), not wearing masks to hide who they were, and contrast them with the low rent domestic terrorists prowling the streets today.

When Milo Yiannopoulos was denied the opportunity to speak at UC Berkeley, it might have been dismissed as a unique occurrence,  the assaults, the vandalism, setting fires and rioting in the streets, but since then

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

Men: Remember it's feed a cold, starve a fever, give PMS anything it wants.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Take Your Pick

What'll be? Hemorrhoids or chlamydia?

Hillary just won't go away. The annoying itching irritation that arises whenever she voices another misinformed, misguided, miscreant opinion is enough to make a soul grab a scalpel and slice off the offending body part.

Thank the Lord for the mute button on remote control devices else my ears would have been gone years ago.
Certain dread diseases are not curable. They might go away for a while but eventually they come back with ugly pus-filled sores that itch, fester and ooze. They're painful and embarrassing.
Hillary Clinton is like that.
Just when we thought she'd gone away, she's flaring up worse than ever. She has a new book out, for which she's started tours. You have to pay money to come to the book tour to hear her pitch this book that she wants you to pay money to buy to read about what a generous person she is.
There are no creams, salves or ointments that can cure the the case of Hillaritis that afflicts the nation's tender political bits. America will scratch itself raw before she finally utters her final self-aggrandizing "Ohhhhh, what a world, what a world!" and disappears in a foul cloud of disappointed ambition. And just like Oz's Wicked Witch, even her army of flying monkeys has had their fill of her. Time to move on and select another socialist loser.
We shouldn't be surprised. This is the woman who was charging public universities and charities a quarter million for one-hour speeches.
This book — her latest vehicle for monetizing the American political system — is about how she was humiliated by an amateur in the last election. It's called "What Happened."
Everyone else already knows what happened. The Dems nominated a selfish and charmless candidate who ran an abysmal campaign.
More here.

Your Dazzling Moment Of Zen

Friday, September 15, 2017

Colorado State Rams Vs Alabama Crimson Tide: The Silence Of The Lambs

When the Colorado State Rams enter Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday it will be the second-ever meeting between the two teams.  The last time they met on the gridiron was in 2013.  Florida’s Head Coach Jim McElwain was the Rams’ offensive coordinator at the time.  The Tide won that contest easily.
CSU enters Saturday’s game with a 2-1 record, having defeated last week’s opponent, Abilene Christian, by a score of 38-10.  ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives Alabama a 97.9% chance of winning the game.
The Rams head coach, Mike Bobo told a local Alabama radio station after breaking down film of The Tide, “It’s pretty scary. It really is scary when you turn on the tape and you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to move the ball offensively, how you’re going to stop them defensively. They’ve got this receiver (Calvin Ridley) that makes big play after big play and then they’ve got these huge running backs. You’re afraid if they give it to them 40 times a game, you might not have a team left. And then they’ve got this quarterback (Jalen Hurts), when he drops back to pass, do you cover him? Do you try to double Ridley? And then Hurts runs.”
Defensively, the Rams are allowing 378.7 yards per game and that’s just about four yards less than Alabama is averaging on offense. Their pass defense is giving up 259 yards per game.  The crowd at Sonny Lubick Field left early during the CSU-Abilene Christian game because it was apparent the Rams were playing down to the level of its opponent.  That’s hardly what I would call “tear ‘em asunder” football.
With the Ram secondary severely outmatched and a defensive line that is not likely to win the shoving match with the offensive line of the Tide, QB Jalen Hurts should have plenty of time to read the field, run through his progressions, and spread the ball around making it inevitable they run up the score for a complete drubbing of the Mountain West Conference team.
The Dawgs of Jawja beat the Irish in South Bend last week.  I’ve always loathed Notre Dame.  You can’t be a lifelong Bama fan and not feel that way.  I remember the arrogance of the Ara Parseghian era and it’s been resurrected by current Head Coach Brian Kelly.  The leprechauns are not expected to compete nationally this year.
Auburn has dreams of dethroning Alabama, winning the SEC Championship and reaching the College Football Playoff, but Auburn failed in their 14-6 loss in Death Valley to Clemson a week ago.
LSU and Mississippi State play in Starkville on Saturday.  Blogger friend and SEC sister Diogenes’ Middle Finger has her prediction for that smashmouth game.
Baker Mayfield and the Boomer Sooners have officially joined Alabama as Playoff favorites by walloping the Bucknuts at home 31-16.  I love a cup of bitter OSU tears.

Chelsea Manning Got De-Fellowed Again

Bradley Chelsea Manning served seven years in the supermax prison at Fort Leavenworth for turning over classified information to Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks.  His/her act of treason constitutes the largest breach of intel in American history. The remainder of his/her 35-year sentence was commuted by The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer in January of 2017.
On Wednesday, the military whistleblower had been among a group invited to speak at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School including former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Robby Mook, Granny Clinton's 2016 campaign manager.
Amid a torrent of blistering criticism for its decision, the school withdrew its designation of “fellow” for the sexually confused turncoat calling it a “mistake”.
The Dean of the school, Douglas Elemendorf, said in a statement the next day, “We invited Chelsea Manning to spend a day at the Kennedy School.  We did not intend to honor her in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds.”
Mind you, the only reason for the reversal was the high-profile resignation of former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell and the last-minute cancellation of current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to speak at the school.
Addressing Morell’s decision to resign from his non-resident senior fellowship Pompeo, a Harvard graduate himself said, “You have traded a respected individual who served his country with dignity for one who served it with disgrace and who violated the warrior ethos she promised to uphold when she voluntarily chose to join the United States Army.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

At This Point, What Difference Does It Make?

In her new book “What Happened”, Hillary compared herself to, of all people, Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones.
The Ice Cube In Heels notes she was treated by the crowds at her opponent’s rallies the same way the residents of the fictional Westeros did towards disgraced ruler Cersei Lannister during her ignoble walk of shame.
If the twice-failed presidential candidate sought to elicit sympathy for being hideously shamed she picked one hell of an absurd comparison.  The Mad Queen and the Hag Queen are sickeningly analogous in their cruelty.
Cersei’s brother Tyrion warned, “A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.”
Clinton lost a race few thought possible and is now the Queen of Ashes.  Taking fantasy into real life, Jon Snow’s words to Cersei in the Dragonpit in Season 7 are noteworthy: “When enough people make false promises words stop meaning anything and then there are no more answers only better and better lies.”  Benghazi. Email server. Vince Foster. Pay-to-play. Clinton Foundation.
David Remnick, writing for The New Yorker:
“The wounds that the new book opens are not just Clinton’s. A few nights before meeting with her, I was at dinner with a political professional who worked on her 2008 campaign. I mentioned that I was going to interview Clinton, and sought his advice about what I should ask. He put down his fork and scowled. ‘Ask her why she blew the biggest slam dunk in the history of fucking American politics!’ he said. A few diners at adjacent tables looked up. ‘Oh, and ask her if she is going to donate the millions of dollars she’s gonna make on this book to charity. Ask her: Why should you profit from this disaster?’ There was more of this.”
“On the day I was to see Clinton, I read an article in Politico headlined “Democrats Dread Hillary’s Book Tour.” Unnamed ‘alums’ from her Brooklyn campaign headquarters told the reporters that the promotion of ‘What Happened was ‘the final torture.’  Others joked about how many stops she’d make in Wisconsin in her campaign to sell books. A top Democratic donor said that Clinton ‘should just zip it, but she’s not going to.’ Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, was asked about the book; she replied, ‘Beg your pardon?’ and walked away. Her colleague from Oregon, Ron Wyden, said, ‘I’ve always been a looking-forward kind of guy. I think I’ll leave it at that.’”

High Taxes In NY?

For my last four years as a cop I was a division commander. I made some overtime, especially when my staff was cut in half and my work load doubled. At the time I had young kids at home and didn't like being away from my family so much but the OT and a buy out did give me the opportunity to retire earlier than I planned. I was never one of the cops that made a stellar amount of OT, not even close, but it sure came in handy.

In the mid 1980's I had convinced my wife to quit her job and stay home with our daughters. She worked for NY Telephone and was making better money than I, so our income took a savage hit. We prayed that nothing would break because we couldn't replace it. But God was faithful and we always had what we needed. We just had to adjust our expectations of what we wanted. You do what you can with what you have. I can remember taking money out of our savings account to buy groceries just two days after I got paid. Again, that OT came in handy but it was only for a few years before I retired.

After 24 years I retired from the PD (worked for two other law enforcement agencies and a construction contractor in the 18 year interim) and this news article shocked me. HTH can a cop make almost $450,000 a year?
For the second year in a row, the center found, 47 of the top 50 highest-paid local-government workers outside New York City were police officers — with five of the top seven on the Town of Ramapo payroll. The No. 1 earner, Ramapo Police Officer Thomas Donnelly, pulled in $441,968 in the year ending last March. Four other Rockland County cops joined him in the top 10. The 20 officers in the Nassau County Village of Kings Point (pop. 5,005 in the last Census) had the highest average pay of any group of government workers at $220,088.
Now some of this OT is covered by federal programs that allow police departments to conduct certain security operations. These ops include airports, water supplies, other critical infrastructure protection, etc. After 9/11 the feds provided hundreds of millions of dollars to PD's all over the country for this purpose.

Even supposing that a Ramapo cop makes $100,000 in annual salary - that would require the above cop to make $342,000 in OT. The Ramapo PD doesn't list cop salaries, but let's assume that a cop at top salary makes $100G a year, this is a little over $48/hr. At this rate any overtime at time and a half is $72.12/hr. In order for that cop to make $342,000 in OT he would have to work 4,742 hours of OT.  That's over 90 hours of OT every week. This guy never slept.

One other explanation (and a more reasonable one) is that the cop never took a sick day and the PBA contract stipulated that the department must buy back his unused sick leave once he retires. If he retired after twenty years that would average out to less than 2 hours a week in unused sick leave. Keep in mind that his salary would increase over twenty years and that he was probably making around $35-45,000 for a while. My starting annual salary was $10,500 in 1974.

This is not the first time the Ramapo PD has fallen under a critical eye for police expenses.
We don’t begrudge first responders being paid what they’re worth, but these cops and firefighters, some in tiny hamlets, earn far more than their New York City counterparts.
“Personnel costs are the biggest part of most local government budgets, and thereby the biggest driver behind our high property taxes,” notes the Empire Center’s Tim Hoefer. Westchester and Rockland have the highest property-tax rates of all US counties.
Unless New York gets a handle on inflated salaries at all levels of government, property taxes will only keep climbing higher.
All police are not in the same situation. Many municipalities do not want to incur the cost of hiring new cops because of out of control pension (could be as high as 40 to 50%) and healthcare (about $16,000 a year for family coverage) costs so they allow high overtime allowances on the police budget to save money. But these costs still need to be controlled as stories like this make all cops look greedy.

Of course the news article doesn't look at how NY State pisses away money in other areas. Let's look at costs for the sick, lame, lazy and illegal aliens. In 2016 NY spent almost $63 billion for Medicaid. New York picks up 45% of this cost, over $28 billion, which dwarfs any police overtime.

Original story here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Seven Kingdoms Minus Wisconsin

Kings Landing─In her new book “What Happened”, her campaign memoir chronicling the 2016 presidential election, Hillary compared herself to Cersei Lannister a character from HBO’s runaway hit “Game of Thrones”.
“It’s not easy for any woman in politics, but I think it’s safe to say that I got a whole other level of vitriol flung my way. Crowds at Trump rallies called for my imprisonment more times than I can count. They shouted, ‘Guilty! Guilty!’ like the religious zealots in Game of Thrones chanting ‘Shame! Shame! while Cersei Lannister walked back to the Red Keep…What in the world was this? I’ve been in politics for a long time, but I was taken aback by the flood of hatred that seemed to only grow as we got closer to Election Day.”
Has Granny finally come to terms with her naked self-promotion, unbridled ruthlessness and hunger to sit upon the Iron Throne?  Her sole desire was for us to bend the knee.
Cersei’s brother Tyrion warned, “A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.”

"I have come to terms with the fact that a lot of people—millions and millions of people—decided they just didn’t like me,” Clinton writes—though she doesn’t understand the dislike. “What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking…I’m at a loss.”


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