Archive for August, 2012

At Least The Empty Chair Listened

Friday, August 31st, 2012

At the Republican convention last night, Clint Eastwood babbled on for 12-minutes instead of the 5 for which he was scheduled. When it comes to political speaking, Clint sure was good in Dirty Harry wasn’t he? And who thought the chair was a good idea? As a matter of fact, who even thought Clint Eastwood was a good idea? Oh, I know!  The same guy who chose South Florida at the height of the hurricane season.

When Romney spoke, the Republicans were dancing in the aisles (like only old white guys can dance) and clapping every few minutes.  They looked as stupid as any sober Americans can look on television – until we see what the Democrats will look like next week.  The GOP is tripping over delusions of what CAN BE while the Dems have to cheer about delusions that already HAVE BEEN. The biggest threat to this election is not low voter turnout – it’s reality.

The Ron Paul delegates were not even seated at the convention. Romney blatantly fixed the rules (by voice vote, no less!) to eliminate them. That slimey move made it look like a Jimmy Hoffa win-by-acclamation vote at a 1960’s Teamster’s Convention.

I’m just writing about what I read in the media today – I went to bed at 10:00.  As an executive speech coach, I get paid to analyze speakers and speeches. I certainly wasn’t going to listen to this horseshit for free.

No Facebook Home Page For ‘Truth’

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

For two days in a row, I stupidly believed something I read on Facebook’s Newsline. This is incredible because anyone who knows me knows I usually don’t believe anything from anybody!

Yesterday a story from Harpers was reposted on Facebook saying a small band of delegates at the Republican National Convention started booing and chanting “USA,USA” when a Puerto Rican delegate began delivering her speech in accented English.  I was enraged!  My Grandparents also spoke broken English and you could not find prouder or better Americans.

I later learned the story was completely misrepresented – obviously to show what a bunch of insensitive, jingoistic dweebs these Republicans are.  That was horseshit. I learned the shouts were by Ron Paul supporters – who were shouting all day (and the way they were screwed, they should have burned the place down) – and had nothing to do with the Latino speaker.  It seems both Democrats and Republicans have their share of political sleezeballs.

The day before, the Newsline featured a viral report that Bill Cosby had died.  Posts of sympathy started pouring in – until it was shown to be just a stupid rumor.

My parents taught me to “Believe half of what you see, and nothing of what you hear.”  If they were alive when Facebook came out, I’m sure they would have said, “Don’t believe ANYTHING on Facebook.”  I’m sorry I didn’t listen to what I know they would have said.


The article I read by Jack Hitt of HARPER’S Magazine deserves a special award for “reporting” JACKSHIT.

Worst Honeymoon Of All Time

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Eva Braun was a pretty, fun-loving, photographer’s assistant. For years she was also the loyal lover of Adolf Hitler and her life long dream was to marry der Fuhrer.  For many years Hitler claimed to be “married to Germany” and said if he married, he would “crush the dreams of millions of German girls.”  It seems power IS the ultimate aphrodisiac.

In April 1945, Braun, 33, travelled to Hitler’s bunker in Berlin. Shortly after midnight on the 29th, Eva got her wish. They were married in a small civil ceremony as the Red Army rained a storm of bombs on the city.  When she signed the marriage certificate, Eva started to write her last name ‘Braun’ but quickly crossed it out and wrote ‘Hitler.’

Early that morning, the Hitlers hosted a wedding breakfast for their immediate inner circle of staff and friends and said their farewells.  Within an hour, they both killed themselves. Hitler with a gunshot to the head – Eva with a cyanide capsule.

Their marriage lasted less than one day.

Eva Braun’s Home Movies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztjju_JAXxM

Hey! YOU Chose Tampa in Late August

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Yesterday was the first day of the Republican National Convention – and it had to be cancelled. Rush of Flatulence didn’t like that one little bit. He stressed again and again that he didn’t believe in conspiracies – but something was suspicious about the forecasting of Tropical Storm Isaac.

On Saturday night, the National Hurricane Center’s forecast said  Isaac would hit Tampa on Monday.  An hour and a half after Republicans cancelled Monday’s festivities, the forecast changed. Now the storm was headed to New Orleans, 7 years to the day of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina was one of the worst black eyes on the W. Bush administration.  Hmmm…

Of course the National Hurricane Center is a federal agency which is ultimately run by – you got it – Obama! Hmmm….

I wonder what the person who chose Tampa during the hurricane season is doing today?  Formerly he thought Chicago in February and Phoenix in July were great places for conventions.

“In the last 150-years . . . nearly three-fourths of the storms affected Florida between August and October which coincides with the peak of the hurricane season.” … Wikipedia

Can’t They Just Shut It Down?

Monday, August 27th, 2012


Where Did The Peace Sign Come From?

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Although it’s origin is debated, the “Peace Sign” as we know it, was first popularized in our times by the British in the 1950’s. When the world feared a nuclear war, ‘Ban the Bomb’ demonstrations were relatively common in England.  The theme of these protests was Nuclear Disarmament so an artist took the semaphore signals for “N” and “D,” and created a graphic symbol.

A book you may find interesting is The Fifties by Peter Lewis.

UNSEALED

Monday, August 27th, 2012


“Mark Owen” (not his real name) a former U.S. Navy SEAL, authored a soon-to-be-published book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. He’s now facing threats against his life in addition to possible criminal prosecution. His real name, age, and picture were released by two major news sources – al-Qaeda  and FOX NEWS.

FOX NEWS? WTF?

The head of U.S. Special Operations Command said the military would immediately take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information which was not pre-approved by the Department of Defense.  I can understand that.

I can also understand the maniacs at al-Queda calling for “this dog’s death”.

What I can’t believe is FOX NEWS is going along with “Owen’s” exposure. The network has always been a cheerleader for this government’s extremely conservative policy on the wars – but this is over the top. All news sources knew “Owen’s” identity by late last week but most chose not to publish it. Can anyone imagine the overwhelming roar we’d hear if the usually left-leaning mainstream media revealed his name?

I think this guy’s an idiot for exposing his family’s safety for money. I also believe he’s violated the legal and moral obligations to which he agreed. But I’d be content to let a military tribunal decide his fate.

This wouldn’t have anything to do with FOX’S viewers ratings would it?  Of course not.  (And the cow really did jump over the moon.)


A related book I just finished is ENTER The Past Tense – My Secret Life As A CIA Assassin by Roland W. Haas

“One Small Step For Propaganda”

Sunday, August 26th, 2012


Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died the other day and everyone is hailing him a hero. I agree but I can never think of him without thinking of government quotation manipulation.

As he stepped to the lunar surface, Armstrong was supposed to say “This is one small step for A man (meaning him), one giant leap for mankind.” What he actually said was “This is one small step for . . . man, one giant leap for mankind”.  This makes the quote almost meaningless because without the  modifier “A”, the words ‘man’ and ‘mankind’ mean pretty much the same thing.

OK – no big deal – except when the NASA public relations department started lying about it. “Of course he said “A man”, they shrieked, “listen to the tape!”  People listened – and there wasn’t an ‘A’ to be heard for 240,000 miles of space.

The mainstream media and respected historical sources, often propaganda arms of the government, printed the quote with the ‘A’ intact! Examples: Time Magazine, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.

Again, no big deal. The problem comes when the American people believe without question other government quotes like “We have to invade Iraq because . . . blah, blah, blah”.

It’s Not Easy . . .

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

. . . getting good naked woman/elephant pictures these days.

Yes, We Were Forced To Destroy Mr. Bond

Friday, August 24th, 2012