The Watering Hole; Thursday October 31, 2013; Things I Never Knew

Today’s Halloween. OK, enough of THAT particular silliness; I mean, really, there’s far more nonsensical silliness waiting out there, thumbing a ride as it were. Yah, well, what the hell. OK. Noblesse oblige. I mean it is Halloween, after all . . .

So OK, yep, I did learn some really neat new stuff over the last day or two. Nothing big mind you, but then stupid seldom is ‘big’ — or so I’ve been told. Anyway, for all those who hunger for whatever it is that lies just beyond that ever-persistent Wingnut horizon, here it is: NEW STUFF! 

.• A Sangerite is a person or group gripped in the Culture of Death. A Sangerite places little or no value on human life, whether for relief from responsibility; vengeance; labor, racial, or ethnic domination; experimentation; or environmental purity. Killing, thinking one is doing one’s God a service, is also death worship.

• A Sorosian is an individual or group enticed and funded by a convicted felon (in France in 2002), international currency manipulator and hedge fund manager George Soros, whose goal through his Open Society Institute is creating a one-world government after destroying the American economy.

The original Sangerite — Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood — and the world’s first Sorosian — George Soros, Felon-Atheist-Jew-Commie-Fascist-Nazi-Socialist-Billionaire — they’re after me. Not sure why, but yep, I can sorta smell ’em, off there in the dark where they’re lurking, waiting to POUNCE!! I mean, hey, “ENVIRONMENTAL PURITY”?? “OPEN SOCIETY”?? “Oh, Ick!!” (also sprach Radar O’Reilly)

Yah, OK, yep, I know. Onward.

So: in other news, on Halloween here along the Front Range the sun is due to rise at 7:22 AM, to set at 6:02 PM; Shadow the cat will wake me at 5:00 AM. Then, on Sunday next, everything changes. I’m not sure how to help Shadow reset her bioclock when DST (a Sangerite/Sorosian plot???) goes bye-bye for a few months, but surely there’s a way. Right? I mean, I don’t mind getting up at five, but at four? Nah. Not THIS time of year. Summer maybe, but . . .

Bloody Sangerites! Sorosians!

So. Just who is in charge of this clock change BS? Anyone know? I suggest we find out who it is, then drop the bugger(s) a note and explain how easy it would be to fix the problem once and for all and for good, and by so doing to keep the Shadow off my back (sotospeak) for the foreseeable future! YAY!! I do hereby cast my vote for Daylight LOSING time!! YES and YAY!! Earlier sunrise, earlier sunset, twelve months per year. I mean hey, ‘Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.’ Right?

Margaret?? George?? Hello?

OPEN THREAD; Sangerites and Sorosians, YEEHAW! Etc.

The Watering Hole, Wednesday, October 30, 2013: What’s in a Name? A Football Team by any Other Name Still Would Play the Same…

OR NOT…

The Washington Redskins, plagued with calls for political correctness, earnestly tried a new name in practice this week. Well, not exactly new…for the week, they referred to themselves as the Washington Senators, drawing from the name used by the D.C. football team back in 1921. Problems soon arose.

The Right Guard immediatly began to filibuster every huddle. The entire defensive line shutdown practice, demanding cuts to special teams. The full back refused to give the ball to the tight end, because, well, that just sounded too gay. And the wide receivers? Well, they got along with the tight ends, but that’s just about it.

On the brighter side, the offensive line blocked everything from getting to the quarterback. But then they wouldn’t let him pass anything unless they approved of the play, after sending it to committee. It got to where every huddle in their practice scrimmage led to a delay of game penalty.

Management soon realized calling the team the “Washington Senators” would lead to Gridiron Gridlock. Still, they would like to rename the team to something that would strike fear in the hearts of their opponents. This coming week, they’ll call themselves the Washington ObamaCare.

(note, the poll results won’t show what you write-in for “other”, so please let us know your suggestions in the thread below.)

AT THE TONE, THE TIME WILL BE

OPEN THREAD TIME

The Watering Hole, Monday, October 28th, 2013: Bill Maher: “You Cannot Have Both”

This past Friday night’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”‘s panel consisted of Michael Moore, a surprisingly quiet Al Sharpton, Valerie Plame, and Richard Dawkins. And while the group had some interesting discussions, the best part of the show came in Bill’s soliloquy at the end of the show. Crooks and Liars has the video, but I have borrowed their transcript, here:

MAHER: “Now, when it comes to raising the minimum wage, conservatives always say it’s a non-starter because it cuts into profits. Well, yeah. Of course. Paying workers is one of those unfortunate expenses of running a business… you know, like taxes, or making a product.

If you want to get rich with a tax-free enterprise that sells nothing, start a church.

You might think that paying people enough to live is so self-evident that even crazy people could understand it, but you would be wrong.

Michele Bachmann is not only against raising the minimum wage, she’s against having one at all. She once said “if we took away the minimum wage… we could virtually wipe out unemployment because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”

Put that in your brain and smoke it. You could hire everyone if you didn’t have to pay them. And naturally, Ted Cruz agrees. Ted Cruz thinks it’s a good thing that when his Cuban father came to America he was paid $.50 an hour to work as a dishwasher, before becoming Charo.

When did the American dream become this pathway to indentured servitude? This economic death spiral where workers get paid next to nothing, so they can only afford to buy next to nothing, so businesses are forced to sell cheaper and cheaper shit?

Walmart employees can only afford to shop at Walmart. McDonalds workers can only afford to eat at McDonalds. And Hooters waitresses have to wear shirts they grew out of years ago.

Even if you’re not moved by the “don’t be such a heartless prick” argument, consider the fact that most fast food workers, whose average age by the way now is 29, we’re not talking about kids, are on some form of public assistance. Which is not surprising. When even working people can’t make enough to live, they take money from the government in the form of food stamps, school lunches, housing assistance, day care. This is the welfare that conservatives hate.

But they never stop to think, if we raised the minimum wage and forced McDonalds and Walmart to pay their employees enough to eat, we the taxpayers wouldn’t have to pick up the slack.

This is the question the right has to answer. Do you want smaller government with less handouts, or do you want a low minimum wage? Because you cannot have both.

If Col. Sanders isn’t going to pay the lady behind the counter enough to live on, then Uncle Sam has to, and I for one am getting a little tired of helping highly profitable companies pay their workers.”

Bravo, Bill – hear, hear!

O/T: Today my mum would have turned 93 – Happy Birthday, Mum, wish you were here.Scan10002

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The Watering Hole, Saturday, October 26, 2013: Pick a Topic, Any Topic

As I sit here writing this, it’s Saturday morning, and this post is way overdue. It’s always difficult for me to pick a topic on which to write. I suppose I need to learn to discipline myself more, but that’s the problem with trying to learn to be disciplined – it takes discipline, and since I clearly lack it, I’m probably going to have a tough time learning it. Sure I was in the Air Force when I was young and wanted to put off paying back my college loans (Note: I’m one of the fourteen Americans who actually did pay back his student loans), Continue reading

Music Night October 25, 2013

I won two tickets to see a Rising Star concert by calling in to a Bay Area radio station. The person I spoke with on the phone had no idea who this Pat Benatar person was. As long ago as this show took place, I was the oldest person in the audience except for Paul Kantner. Benatar killed it. This video was shot a few months later, when everyone knew who Pat Benatar was.

Great hair, Pat!