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The Watering Hole: 12/17/14: Hump Day

New study finds gun violence linked to broccoli.

In an article comming up in next month’s edition of Lancit, a highly respected, peer reviewed publication of medical research, two scientists claim they have found an irrefutable link between mass murderers and people who were forced to eat broccoli as children. Drs. O. Gobi and Juan K. N’Obi interviewed dozens of individuals currently incarcerated for killing more than 5 people and found the statistical correlation so strong as to suggest causation.

The study investigated all the food groups, and included so-called junk foods. “We really expected the results to implicate junk foods, sodas in particular, but found that green vegetables, and most notably broccoli, had the strongest correlation to gun violance.” Dr. Gobi sommented in a press release. Dr. N’Obi added, “What this means, of course, is that parents should think twice before forcing their children to eat broccolli. This may well save us from creating mass murders in the future.”

The NRA and BGA (Broccoli Growers of America) have joined forces to denounce the article, with an upcoming ad campaign featuring gun-toting children happily chowing down on broccoli. Rumors indicate the junk food industry is seizing on the study and plans to hit the airwaves with an ad campaign of its own: Parents, let your kids eat junk foods – at least they won’t become mass murders!


I’m going back to bed.

Do not disturb until after Christmas.

The Watering Hole, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014: Standing your ground.

And so it came to pass that the people, in ever growing numbers, refused to vote for the lesser of two evils. They withheld their votes, on principle.

Meanwhile, the fanatic ‘true believers’ continued to vote as their religious overlords commanded. For the sake of wealth and power, a new religion had evolved, turning the old edicts about caring and love on their head, preaching the value of selfishness and intolerance towards all ‘unchurched’. The ‘true believers’ voted for, in the minds of the unchurched, the greater of two evils.

This continued for generations, and the once-proud country fell into disrepair; the lot of the masses slowly but persistently declined. Meanwhile, the wealth and power of the few grew and grew and grew.

And the masses, who greatly outnumbered the ‘true believers’ continued to stand on principle, and continued to refuse to vote, never realizing that by refusing to vote for the lesser of two evils, they allowed the greater of two evils to prevail. And each succeeding election, there was always an evil greater than the present evil, and with each succeeding election, that greater evil prevailed.


The Watering Hole, Wednesday, December 3, 2014: Success Strategies

The human brain is a remarkably lazy organ. It is designed to accomplish a task with the least amount of effort possible. It starts out programed with but one success strategy: to cry.

When a baby is hungry, or wet, or poopy, or gassy, the baby cries. Eventually the parents figure out what is bothering the baby; they feed it or change it or burp it, and the baby stops crying. The success strategy worked.

Some people never learn a different success strategy. You know who they are, whether at school, at work, at church or any social gathering. They cry and fuss and throw a tempertantrum until they get what they want.

Most learn a different success strategy: appeasement (aka brown-nosing). Others learn to get what they want by attacking others; bullies fall into this category, as to gossips and back-biters.

When someone’s success strategy no longer works, all hell breaks loose for awhile, as their brain tries time and time again to succeed with what has always worked in the past – then tries all kinds of different strategies until something finally results in the individual getting what he or she wants. A new success strategy is then adopted.

Recognizing people’s success strategies is important, if you want to be able to direct their thinking and actions.

Something to think about. Because, like it or not, each one of us can be controlled, directed and manipulated by someone who knows how this works, unless you know how this game is being played.


The Watering Hole, Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Yeah…Right…

President Obama, utilizing the authority granted to the President under the Authorization to Use Military Force in 2006, declared the Republican Party to be “Unlawful Alien Enemy Combatants”. This determination, made by the President alone, is unassailable under the Act. Under the sweeping powers, initially given to President Bush, anyone the President determines to be an ‘unlawful alien enemy combatant’ is subject to immediate arrest and indefinate incarceration in Guantanamo.

Speaker of the House John Boehner was heard to exclaim “He can’t do that!” as a black bag was slipped over his head and he was whisked off the floor of the House of Representatives shortly after calling for a vote on the impeachment of President Obama.

Moral of the story: be careful of what you vote for; you may get it.

Oh, open thread.

The Watering Hole, Wednesday: Hump Day, November 19, 2014

Welcome to deregulation  2.0. Republicans are giddy at the prospects of controlling both houses of Congress. Only one thing is certain, come January 2015: Congressional gridlock will be a thing of the past. Staffers and aids will be working overtime this Christmas season, drafting bills to deregulate everything from the workplace to how many peanuts must go into a jar of peanut butter.

That makes this next bit of news even more alarming. Yet, as serious as this is, it has gotten no mention in the mainstream media. So, once again, we at The Zoo bring you this exclusive.

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. (Amendment XIII to the Constitution of the United States of America)

Thanks to three-strikes laws and drug laws falling disproportionately on the poor and minorities, the for-profit prison industry thrives on slave labor. [note: since this post was wrintten on Sunday, this story broke about prison labor in California.] But come January, there will be a seismic shift, as the Republican-led Congress moves to rid the nation of all laws that enforce the 13th Amendment. Not only will owning a slave no longer be a criminal offense, Republicans plan on stripping the jurisdiction of the federal courts to hear cases where someone claims a violation of constitutional rights under the 13th Amendment.

The move is expected to be hearalded as a major blow to terrorism. “They hate us for our freedoms” President Bush observed. By deregulating slavery, terrorists will no longer have a reason to hate us.


The Watering Hole, Wednesday, November 5, 2014: HUMP DAY!!!!

Yeah, I know. It’s the day after the “mid term election.”

Hump day has been traditionally defined as the middle of the week; Wednesday, for those of us the believe the week starts on Sunday.

Then there’s “it’s Wednesday” from the old movie Watermelon Man, that gave hump day a whole new meaning.

Any way you care to interpret Hump Day, one thing is certain: no more political robo calls, for at least a couple of days, anyway.

The mid terms are over…on to 2016!

Dare I say it? …


The Watering Hole, Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Why do we learn history?

So we can learn from the mistakes of the past.

But which history will teach us that? The history I learned in grammer school was contradicted by the history I learned in high school, and when I got to college, it was like everything I learned was a lie.

‘Tis true. The history they teach in school is little more than a fantasy with some real names, dates and places thrown in to make it sound real. But grownups feel that young children should be protected from the harsh realities of what really happened. I mean, imagine how upset you would have been to learn that we wiped out tens of thousands of Indians by giving them small-pox infected blankets.

Yeah, I guess you’re right. I mean, I would have thought we killed Pochohantas. But what about something more recent?

Like what?

Like Black Tuesday. The Stock Market crash. The causes of the Great Depression. Now we’re told it was organized labor and high taxes on the job creators that tanked the global economy back then.

Ok, son, it’s time you learned how history works. There’s history, what really happened, and there’s history, what the people in power want you to believe happened.

How do we know the difference?

Do something most people are unwilling to do: Research. Read. Go to original sources. The ruling class learned something 85 years ago. They learned that they needed even more power over the government. And they, slowly but surely, got it. So, this time, when they crashed the economy, they made sure they were well taken care of. They learned from history, and took steps to avoid losing their fortunes this time around. The common man, the masses content to accept the history the ruling class taught them, did not learn, and paid the price this time, too.