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Prayers…

Cruel Wife is on the way to the ER via ambulance while I wait for her at the ER.

Cardiac issues and they will be testing her when she arrives.

LK

EKG, blood work, monitor, stay overnight, and nukular imaging tomorrow.

I keep begging for sedatives, but they won’t shut her up.

🙂

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NPR Wields Shivs

The co-worker most rabidly supportive of Obamacare at my work discovered today how much his personal insurance rates are going up.

Apparently he was stunned, seriously asking “How can they go up? They aren’t supposed to go up. How can they go up?”

He was totally caught off guard that his rates could increase. I will encourage him to pay and pay with a smile because he doing his part to help those in need.
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Only in Portlandia could a peanut butter and jelly sandwich be racist.

Oregonians disavow links to Portlandia. Look up the tv show and see if the chicken really is local.

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There is one industry that I see leading the way for this tech, and it is an ugly thing. Digital taste.

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I was listening to NPR on the way home tonight, because… Know thine enemy.

There was a guy talking about President Johnson and the Civil Rights Act. It was a good act and needed to happen.

But something he said totally pissed me off.

Essentially that it was championed by liberals who were squared off against Southern Conservatives.

If you were not a student of history you might read that as “evil white conservative republican”, which it would totally mean that in today’s context.

But I want to make sure there is no illusion.

By party – The original House version:
Democratic Party: 152–96 (61–39%)
Republican Party: 138–34 (80–20%)

Cloture in the Senate:[18]
Democratic Party: 44–23 (66–34%)
Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)

The Senate version:
Democratic Party: 46–21 (69–31%)
Republican Party: 27–6 (82–18%)

The Senate version, voted on by the House:
Democratic Party: 153–91 (63–37%)
Republican Party: 136–35 (80–20%)

NPR likes to say they are balanced. Nah.

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Hats.

I’m a hat, jacket, and boots fan.  I could be the analogue of Bill Cosby except he has more class.

But anyhow, Mitchell has offered up one of his hats and hilljohnny wanted to know where the hats can be gotten.

Nice bonch of hats, hyez?  (Head’n Home Handmade Hats)

Here are the plug images…  american-outback-banner-logo

american-outback-bannerSo assuming the hat size works and Mitchell still wants to give me a hat … wahoo!  Thanks Mitchell, even if it doesn’t work out.

Hats and swords (or knives) are two things you can never go wrong with giving me.  (hint hint hint, CW)

I would normally have something to say right now but this is proposal/report week, a perfect storm, and I’ve got enough hours in that my brain actually hurts.  Figuring out how to open and work with a Zemax file I made just last night was… strenuous.  Much more effort was required to generate enough brainpower to change an optic out and swap in an asphere (which should be like adding 2+3).

So I have nothing to say.

Other than:  Obama and Democrats… choke on it!  Suck it!  Ha ha ha you scheming bastards.  I hope your next election cycle is the equivalent of being covered with boils.

In fact, I hope you get all you want with that Filibuster-proof bargain you just did, and that Obamacare really sinks in, and I hope you try really hard for immigration reform even as you pull QE back and the stock market has to live without huffing paint fumes for a while.

Then we’ll see what 2014 elections bring.

A co-worker – a total libtard – sent me this today (let’s call him Komrade Greeny-Weeny):

While leaders are elected (or they steal elections like Bush), no one sees the future.  Did you know that Bush was going to sleep thru 911, start and not finish two wars, destroy the economy, create Homeland Security/NSA (with Republican support), …  I suppose you voted for him so it is truly your fault, not mine.  Still, we both paid the price of his idiocy.

So I replied:

Nice talking points on Bush.  Let’s rack up Obama’s sometime and then we’ll talk.  If Bush’s mistakes are on me, I’m thinking Obama’s mistakes are truly yours, which kind of puts you in a bad spot.  Ouch.   I mean, Obama was voted in with what you say was essentially a mandate and yet his ratings are at or below Bush’s – look how much more he had to do wrong in order to fall so much further.

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This just in… a glowing hole filled with water has stopped glowing.  It’s probably because of something Bush, or even I, did.

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“In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found out their personal health insurance costs (even with the government contribution) have gone up 3-4 times what they were paying before,” Minh Ta, chief of staff to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), wrote to fellow Democratic chiefs of staff in an email message obtained by POLITICO. “Simply unacceptable.”

– Source:  Politico

Now, what do you want to bet that Minh Ta either disappears or is found pounding pavement looking for exciting new careers in the field of culinary drive through swabbing, while being unburdened by those high costs of the Obamacare Act because he cannot get enough hours to qualify?
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Oh, no, that isn’t weird at all.  Compared to “Tentacle Pr0n”, no it isn’t.  But all by itself it is stark batshit crazy.  A gameshow to not have an org@sm on… on public TV.  Those wacky Japanese.

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Never mind. They pulled it. It was funny. So sorry.

Hope everyone is well.

The link might not last long but a fun Bryan Cranston loop around from Walter to Hal from Malcolm in the Middle.

Breaking in the Middle.

I thought it was funny as hell. Requires knowledge of BB for the creepy second half to make sense.

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I had no idea that Vegans were so into eating their used condoms. Plus that hardly seems Vegan at that point, but if they want to eat certified Vegan used condoms rather than synthetics, more power to ’em, I guess.

Leave it to Vegans.

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Those French.

I was disgusted at this frenchman’s choice of white beans when a sensible portion of haricot verts with a shallot and almond butter makes more sense.

But white beans with Frenchman is just pedestrian and frankly, crude.

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I have seen two beheadings now and multiple executions by other means and I have to say beheading is one of my least favorite choices of how I would want to die personally, but if you run with the crowd that thinks this is cool stuff I am not too worked up if you die that way yourself. Getting beheaded by your own side when they mistake you as the enemy? Priceless.

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Society has something wrong with it. I am sure of it. When entertainment consists of targeting total strangers to see if you can sucker punch them into unconsciousness in one blow… You have issues.
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Obamacare is burdened by low income and higher risk people and requires the healthy and affluent to finance it. It is also dangerously close to tanking because it is not adequately funded. So we need more people to keep the premiums down!

Let’s add millions of illegal immigrants, because they will represent the biggest pool of healthy and wealthy people that will put more into the system than they take out.

Yeah, amnesty is key to making it work. Let’s see… What else? OH YEAH! I am pretty sure gun control, additional NSA funding, and more HomeSec bullets, armor, vehicles, crowd control, and facial recognition systems (drones go w/o saying) are also key to making Obamacare work.

From my BIL…

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Is this classy to make a giant flip-the-bird statue up and point it at your ex wife after you moved into the house next to your ex wife’s boyfriend?

No, but I still applaud him. The bitch.

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Rationalize this.

By this logic we should all just move to communism, because anything you are able to do that is more than the least of us is owed to everyone else. Any advantage or largesse you have is artificially biased in your favor and as such you do not deserve it.

We currently have a highly discriminatory system where if you’re sick, if you’ve been sick or [if] you’re going to get sick, you cannot get health insurance.

The only way to end that discriminatory system is to bring everyone into the system and pay one fair price. That means that the genetic winners, the lottery winners who’ve been paying an artificially low price because of this discrimination now will have to pay more in return. – source here

Your extra hard work that you put into your business? That was from extra energy that was granted to you by your genetics. You are a good musician or engineer or soldier? That was your genetic jackpot, so give. Oh, so you sweated for years in school and worked hour after hour of unpaid OT because you are exempt from OT? Well, thank you for doing what your genetic potential allowed you the pleasure of doing, so hand me your wallet.

The magnitude of the antithesis of injustice here is astounding, and the rationale masquerades as compassion even as it oppresses. It does what it must, because it can.

I don’t know what I can say that trumps that in terms of stupidity so I will stop there.

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No, I won’t stop here.

I want to come up with a Mike Rowe worthy expression. He manages to say things that are powerful but immediately sensible and respectful.

That is a gift.

A letter to Mike Rowe…

Mike,
I’m not sure where I heard that you are an Eagle Scout, which brings me to my question. Could you PLEASE take a moment & post to my 13 year old son Kelby & encourage him to finish scouting (& anything else that’ll help with this?) Reason I’m asking is that he only lacks 1 1/2 – 2 years in reaching Eagle, but some of his buddies have got him to thinking scouting isn’t cool at his age.
Thanks much, Gary

(The article says): Indeed Mike is infact an Eagle Scout, and he had a great response to the request addressed to Kelby, here is the first part:

Your Dad asked me to drop you a line and say something inspirational that might persuade you to dig down deep and find the determination to make the rank of Eagle Scout. It’s a reasonable request, from a father who obviously wants to see his son succeed. But here’s the thing – The Eagle Award is not really meant for people who need to be dragged across the finish line. It’s meant for a select few, and I have no idea if you have the guts to see it through.

There is a mode of thought there. The first inclination is to give the kid encouragement. But really, why note exceptionality if you have to make someone be exceptional? Self drive is the behavior to model, and the right call is to insist that people be exceptional on their own merits, not because they had a cheerleader. Everyone needs encouragement, but a leader, someone who can BE exceptional should be able to see it through when they get that close.

Here is another one.

The guy in New York that defended a blind man in his restaurant against a vile predatory woman

Your first response is “good for him!” Right? Well, it should be.

What is your second response? “What is the world coming to?” Yes, that is good, too.

Third, you would be right to say “this is a teaching moment”.

Ok, but what you should really be saying is “Rather than be outraged, we should be shocked. We should be explicitly saying to ourselves repeatedly as a society that we will not tolerate dishonest and predatory stuff like this. We should be all over people from an early age for being animals.”

As a society there should have been ten people willing to pull her aside and call BS on her.

I am not advocating vigilante behavior. I am saying that peer pressure can and should be used for good, and we should be focusing on that rather than shaking our heads and “Hnnuhh, it’s a shame.”

So what is the name of the new school of thought that smells things like they are, that sees through to the real heart of the issue at hand? It has to be wise, respectful, and worthy of being called rational. It has to stand for no-holds-barred judgement, requiring no apology because it is self evident.

It has to respectfully say “you don’t show evidence of having grit” or “you have truly earned recognition” or “you need to get off your butt and contribute” or “thank you for your amazing commitment.”

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Ok, have a graphic.

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Busy. Very busy. I would post whines about that but I don’t have the willpower to.

Enough about that.

Imagine if, instead of being a racist, it wasn’t you but your president who was a racist sack of shite?

In August of this year, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that President Obama’s would lend special support to the country’s historically black colleges and universities.
“The President and this administration have been strong supporters of historically black colleges and universities all across the country,” said Earnest, speaking from the White House on August 20. “Funding for those colleges and universities has increased under President Obama.”
“[T]he record — the President’s record on these issues — he has a bias in favor of historically black colleges and universities because of the service they provide and because of the quality education that they provide to their students.” – Campus Reform

Having a bias towards your skin color is called racism.

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Have a graphic. From somewhere.

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And somewhere else.

Who among you recognizes him?

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Marriage doesn’t have a chance. And why should it? It has been penalized enough to cripple it. From taxes to Obamacare.

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Wait. Men are faking it?

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Wagner and her husband retired early. She was a nurse for 35 years and championed Obamacare, until she received a letter from her insurance company saying it was canceling her policy.

“I was really shocked … all of my hopes were sort of dashed,” Wagner said. “’Oh my gosh President Obama, this is not what we hoped for, it’s not what we were told.’ “

Link here.

Mr. Obama… This is not what we were told! (Say it in a nasally whiny butt-hurt liberal voice)

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