Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Yet another prosthetic leg was found. This one at the Jacksonville Beach. What the hell?
How can they not miss their missing prosthetic legs? I mean, assuming they have prosthetic legs because they are missing actual, biological, attached second legs, don't they need their artificial ones?
So, one-legged Bob was having fun swimming in the surf (oil apparently not there yet) when he decided to go home. So he hopped all the way to his car ..... See my point?
Was he really fucked up on drugs and alcohol? (Which begs the question: Is that how he lost his bio-leg?)
Did someone give him GHB or a Ruffie then hide his Willie-Nelson-embossed plastic-and-metal leg?
I don't understand how he lost it. But I am glad he got it back.
Post Script: If I were Willie Nelson, I'd be really pissed off. Not because my image is plastered to the side of this guy's fake leg. But because he cares so little about it, and the image, that he hopped off and left it on the beach. Seriously.
Post Post Script: I had a lightening strike after I finished writing this. I think I've found the answer to my question: How do these people keep losing their prosthetics? Well, they lost the legs that were attached to their bodies, so it only stands to reason that they would have a hard time keeping track of one that is detachable. Right?
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The hubris of human beings, particularly Americans, never seems to wane despite lesson after lesson after lesson.
BP was allegedly drilling nearly 25,000 feet deep despite only being permitted to drill down to 18,000 feet. Because they just don't give a fuck. And why should they? There is no consequence for their abuse.
There is a safety shut-off valve that costs $500,000 each to install that is required by other countries, including Norway and Brazil, that would have prevented the diluge of oil into the Gulf after the collapse of the platform, but the US does not require it and BP (of course) chose not to use it. Free markets do NOT correct everything. In fact, they correct very little that's wrong with society or commerce. A little common sense would help.
The oil being collected from off-shore drilling, and even land drilling, is NOT US OIL! It goes onto the open market because it is privately owned. So when we drill for oil and risk our natural environment, we are not reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. We are ensuring that it continues. OIL = BAD, where ever it is taken from the ground.
This is another example of privatizing gains while socializing losses. BP has been making obscene amounts of profit by extracting oil while endangering and even exploiting American (and other countries') other natural resources. But take my word for it: America will end up spending billions of dollars on this fuck-up, losing billions more in ruined industry (fishing, shrimping, cruising, tourism) and destroyed water, animals, plants, and beaches. BP will pay some pittance and go back to raping and pillaging.
Corporations are amoral. They do not give a shit about you or me or the environment. It's not their job to care about that stuff. It's our job. But we apparently don't know how, or are unwilling to. So we get what we deserve.
Will we learn our lesson this time?
Friday, April 23, 2010
A group of volunteers in Sharon, Pennsylvania regularly patrol the banks of the Shenango River cleaning up debris and other items illegally dumped there. A laudable task, no doubt.
Recently, they found a prosthetic leg, shoe still attached. (Apparently, "Shenango" means "toss plastic limbs in here.")
I think they should make a police report for illegal dumping/littering. And tell the cops ... well, you read the title.
Finally, shouldn't the police be looking for the organic part that used to be attached to the leg?
Monday, April 19, 2010
While we are spending trillions of dollars trying to get Muslim countries to abandon their sectarian, theocratic ideas of government and adopt secular government, our own Sister Sarah is driving the horse-cart in the wrong direction.
She wants a Theocracy.
What a fucking stupid idea. But considering the source...
Imagine all the people, killing each other over their nuanced beliefs in the same faith. Catholics and Mormons and Lutherans and Pentecostals. And it goes without saying that those of other faiths have strong feelings as well: Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Shintos, Muslims, etc.
You think this is a stretch? I doubt it. With separation of church and state, people have a sense that their religious beliefs are personal, not public. But start imposing particular religious practices and beliefs on people, and watch the result. Have you heard of the Iraq-Iran war? The Shia and Sunni still hate each other, killing each other regularly. And they are all Muslim.
I wonder is Sister Sarah stopped for a moment to think about what she is saying. It's not like her pentecostal faith promotes women in strong leadership positions. My guess: in a theocracy, she'd be hunting from the back of the helicopter.
I actually had a Mormon advocate theocracy to me as well. He wanted a government that imposed morality according to scripture. Well, my question was: Whose? I wonder if he considered the fact that if we actually did have a theocracy in the US, Mormons would be the minority. Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Mormon.
What this really comes down to is these biggots wanting to suppress anything and anyone different from them. The problem they are not considering: They may not be the biggots in charge.
Monday, April 12, 2010
In furtherance of his dark ages campaign against any type of rights for gay people in this country, former Arkansas Governor and Presidential loser Mike Huckabee said this in support of prohibiting gay couples from adopting:
"Children are not puppies," he said. "This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?"
And he compared gay marriage to drug use, incest, and polygamy.
BTW, it's not gay couples that treat children like puppies. Did you see my last post?
Friday, April 9, 2010
The clearly very fertile Duggars recently took their 19th naturally born child home form the hospital after is was born three months premature. Little Josie (pictured above) will join her 17 brothers and sisters (Number One Son is married, out of the house, and has a kid of his own now.) in the barracks.
The quote below is from an article I read that is somewhat critical of the Duggars, but also points out the good things about this family. This particular excerpt points out the inherent problem of such a large family.
"[T]hey said on their Web site that one of their goals in parenting a large family is making sure they have individual conversations with each child at least -- wait for it -- once a week! Can you imagine how loved a kid must feel getting penciled in to talk to Dad on Wednesdays at 2:35? It sounds more like a parent/teacher conference than parent/child relationship. (Better not be late!) The family also has Operational Definitions of Character Qualities they expect of their kids. I think I had one of those at the mega-company I used to work for. The kids are also paired off in a buddy system so an older child can mentor and help a younger one."
I only have one sibling. Yet my parents often called me by my sister's name. Once, my father looked straight at me and called me by the dog's name. I laughed. But WTF must these kids think? The younger ones are being raised by the older kids. Isn't that a form of child abuse? Or neglect? I'm sure it's better than an orphanage or foster care. But barely.
The Duggars (which is evangelical for "rabbits") keep having babies out of religious conviction. But even Jacob only had 12 sons. (If he had any daughters, the Bible is mum. Girls don't count in the Bible except to (1) cause the fall of man or (2) be whores or (3) be the virgin mother of the messiah.)
I have a libertarian streak. I recognize the Duggars' right to repopulate the state of Arkansas single handedly (double handedly?), but I also have to say that having children and loving children are different things. And by loving, I don't mean how they feel about them. I mean actually knowing them, spending time with them, paying attention to them, etc.
I guess the Duggar kids would say they are loved. But I still think it's a freak show. Obviously, other people agree with me. Why else would they be on TV?
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tiger Woods, the only person in America who LOVES Jesse James, returned to the links today.
He was cheered and jeered. One jokester paid to have a plane fly over the course with a banner reading "Tiger did you mean BOOTYISM?" Pretty Clever. Her are some alternatives.
"You've got balls!"
"Get it in the hole!"
"Move your hand up the shaft a little!"
"You're a swinger!"
"Tiger Woods: always coming and golfing."
I never realized golf was such a dirty game until today.
Did you know Tiger went to a sex addiction rehab facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi? Sex addiction rehab in Hattiesburg, Mississippi? (Anyone else thinking "Deliverance" right now?)
And did you see the commercial Nike did of sad!Tiger with his father's voice over? IRONY - Apparently, TigerPapa was a womanizer too. So lesson learned? Act repentant, exploit your dead, adulterous father, and practice your swing.