May/27
2015

Guess Texas has more to worry about from pissing off the all-mighty deities than some super-secret plan from the president huh?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the damage caused by flash-flooding in Central Texas is "absolutely devastating." The governor flew over parts of the rain-swollen Blanco River on Monday, a day after heavy rains pushed the river out of its banks and into surrounding homes in the small town of Wimberley. At a news conference, Abbott says the damage he saw was "absolutely massive" from the storms' "relentless tsunami-type power." (AP)

A week ago, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor U.S. military training exercises. Correspondent Wade Goodwyn tells NPR's Arun Rath about the origin of the conspiracy theory that fueled fears of a military takeover. (NPR)

Lol. Invasion. Well no one wants that shithole now (not that they wanted it before either). Betcha Abbott will be begging the Feds to bail out his waterlogged state before the end of another week.

No one does stupid like Texas, that's for damn sure.

May/26
2015

If a video of a woman shaking her butt is enough to put them off their feed I can truly understand why they can't keep their sanity in normal society where women can dress, speak and act as they please.

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian authorities have arrested a woman who danced in a racy music video that went viral on the internet and referred her to misdemeanor court for "inciting debauchery."

The clip, a low-budget production entitled "Hands Off," or "Sib Eddi" in Egyptian Arabic, contains no nudity but plenty of scantily-clad booty shaking by the woman, Reda el-Fouly, who dances to the voice of a singer called Mena.

Yeah, that's right, arrest the woman because the men can't control themselves. Pffft. What men?

May/25
2015

I traveled on Amtrak this past week. Although this is right on the heels of the tragic derailment, the train ride itself was pleasant. A few select fellow passengers, not so much.

AM - Petulant Princess

I grabbed a seat in the back row of the car I was in. I made myself comfy and proceeded to peruse my tablet. I was vaguely aware of the woman in the seat in front of me and that she appeared positioned to take a nap. A bit later I felt the urge to visit the rest room. I placed my drink in the magazine holder in the back of the seat in front of me and took off my jacket.

While I was placing my jacket behind me, the woman in front of me sat up and gave me the stink eye. She briefly glared at me like I had poked her in the back of the head. When I returned to my seat after going to the rest room, I pulled my drink out of the magazine pocket. Grouchy Princess stirred and gave a loud irritated sigh. She gave a couple more agitated grunts when we hit a few bumps and I could see through the crack the cocked her head as if to look back toward me, as if she thought I was the cause for the bumpy ride. However, she never made eye contact again.

Anyone that travels on any type of mass transit knows that other people are going to bump your seat, make some noise and perhaps even touch you. It going to happen and we all expect it, we just hope it is a minimum. It seems that Petulant Princess has zero tolerance. Pardon us "little people" for sharing her air. Perhaps her Lear Jet was in the shop?

PM - Miriam Magpie

I boarded the train, took my seat and then became aware of a woman three rows in front of me speaking loudly. She was speaking at a volume that I would have had to concentrate to NOT hear her side of the conversation. She was asserting that she was not going to pay $10 more per month for her cable at her vacation home because she only wanted to catch the game when it was on. If the person on the phone, I and the whole train car didn't catch that the first time, she repeated it at least two more times.

She proceeded to make phone call after phone call on the entire two and a half hour ride, where I disembarked. She may have continued after, make that likely to have continued after I left. I and the whole train car were treated to her telling a few friends she was heading to the vacation house, arguing with a financial institution over how her bankruptcy payments were being handled and telling her son how much effort she went through to get him airplane tickets. Oh, and she had already planned her son's entire vacation, too, even though he told her not to. Also, she started every personal conversation with "You know, blah, blah, blah." Yeah, no kidding.

She chased away at least two passengers. One gentleman gave me a slight grin and rolled his eyes before relocating and another looked at me and just shook his head.

I wonder if Miriam Magpie realized that the whole car knew way more about her life then we really wanted to. I also wonder what type of cell plan she has that she can yammer on for close to 200 minutes in a single day, I can only imagine what her monthly usage must be like. I also must be doing something wrong, I've never declared bankruptcy and I don't have a vacation house.

The joys of traveling mass transit, sprinkled with the occasional oddball. I guess if I hadn't been in relatively close proximity to these two, it would have just been another boring trip. Maybe I should be thankful for oddballs.

May/24
2015

Yes, score one for the good guys because I actually figured out how to use my greatest weakness to my advantage!

So a while back I'd posted about how clumsy I become when faced with a tube of superglue. All I have to do is touch the closed cap and voila! I'm a tarbaby stuck to the desk. It's literally that bad.

So I'd ordered some dishware through Amazon (long story, I've decided that it's time to start using the better china, enough with the disposable crap and I wanted to add some additional pieces I couldn't afford new in the past.) Well the seller was diligent in their wrapping. And by diligent I mean zealous. And by zealous I mean out-of-their-fucking-mind-over-the-top in wrapping. There must have been about 7 layers of bubble wrap on TOP of the peanut filled box. Mind you, the platter was stonewear. STONE WEAR. It's called that for a reason. You could park a fucking M1 on this dish and it still wouldn't crack. Scuff? Maybe. Crack? No.

Anyway, after 6 layers I got a bit flamboyant with the XActo and kinda took a nice deep gouge from a finger. It was long and it was fairly deep. So I ran to the kitchen and grabbed the superglue, and before I'd lost a pint into the sink I gobbed on the glue and wrapped it in a paper towel. I'd say that reduced the bleeding by 80%. Then I pried off the paper towel and slathered on some "liquid bandage". That took care of the remaining 20%. A Band Aid laid lengthwise and another perpendicular sealed the cut like the doors of a tomb, curses not included.

I will say it worked a treat. Oh, I did also pour a sizeable amount of iodine over the whole ensemble, which gave it a nice Henna color. Three days later I'd say it was pretty well healed and didn't need the Band Aid any longer.

So there! Instead of gluing my fingers together, I actually glued one shut for good purpose! Superglue, better than stitches and quicker than tape. Woot!

May/23
2015

Remarkable. There's hope for this world after all.

DUBLIN (AP) -- Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.

This new reality was sinking in after the Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent "yes" to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country's conservative 1937 constitution. Thousands of revelers of all sexual identities celebrated until dawn after the result was announced Saturday night.

Well. Wow huh? A Catholic bastion votes for marriage equality for all. Regardless of what "the church" said. Now, mine you, Super Pope has been nothing less then awesome himself, turning the direction of anti-gay, church-endorsed sentiment right on its head. So he definitely deserves some due (but only some, because he recently fell back into the old-school ways in the Philippines by praising 7 and 8 child families as "good". Yes, when you're dirt poor having more kids than you and your nation can afford are definitely the way to go.

Still, let's put that aside for a moment and bask in the glory of this joy. Odd isn't it? What religion defines as "right" vs. what people know in their hearts as "right". The approval of over 60% went towards a day of grand celebration and cheers. Not what would have happened if the amendment had failed. That alone says something.

So there's hope. Hope that someday the same referendum will come to muslim nations. Yes it will probably take 100 years or more, but it did come to the Catholic church. It can happen to islam too.

May/19
2015

Sometimes it's the only option.

May/18
2015

Thank your fucking lucky stars because NO ONE flies out of Norfolk without a double handful of pain. My advice? Avoid it at all cost.

May/17
2015

I never bothered to think that the computer wouldn't boot after I attached the new drive. I mean I'd swapped out the connectors on the CD/DVD drive for the brand-new 2T I was going to use to transfer files. With the introduction of the new drive it was like I'd brought in a strange cat. Nothing was going right.

I did eventually find the files I needed and copied them to the spare, but even when I restored the wires to their original configuration things still weren't booting correctly.

It took some finagling, and I still have no idea what I did, but it eventually decided to boot correctly.

Moral, computers smell fear. And they know when you're in a rush. And they have no mercy, no matter how nice you are to them.

May/16
2015

Seriously? Why is this even a thing in 2015? This shit is from like 1915.

Human rights activists have urged Indonesia to stop requiring female military recruits to undergo so-called virginity testing.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the hymen examinations were "harmful and humiliating'. Another group said they may amount to torture.
The Indonesian military has defended the tests, saying they stop immoral women from entering the armed forces. (BBC)

Of course the question is really how do they check the MEN for immorality? Stick a finger up their ass? Check for rectal prolapse? Given that there are orders of magnitude more MEN than WOMEN in the military you'd think it would be a far greater concern that Indonesia doesn't have a fuckload of guys fucking each other silly rather than aiming their guns at the enemy.

It rather seems that the real lack of morals is with the males in the medical profession who want to finger-fuck a woman for any excuse whatsoever.

Both organisations also claimed that the fiancees of male officers were required to be examined before the marriage could go ahead, though the armed forces told AFP that this was not the case.

Ya gotta love how it's the women's fault for being immoral but they're the one's who have to suffer being fisted by assholes.

Simple solution? No women in their military. Problem solved.

May/15
2015

Why pay for someone else's stupidity? Don't fund this moron.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 13 (UPI) -- Luis Lang is on the road to blindness, but can't afford surgery because he chose not to purchase health insurance.
The now-unemployed South Carolina handyman said he prided himself on paying his own medical bills, but that was when he and his wife, Mary, were healthier and better-off, the Charlotte Observer reported.

Lang, 49, believed that the Affordable Care Act, which he did not agree with and decidedly ignored, would still help him in the case of an emergency -- that is, pay his bills. He thought wrong, however, as 2015 enrollment is now closed. And when it comes to private coverage, he now earns too little to receive a federal subsidy to afford it.

As for Medicaid, South Carolina is one of the 17 states that opted out of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, making Lang ineligible to receive those benefits.

Because it's too late for Lang to take regular avenues, he started a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover his medical expenses.

First this: ha, ha, ha LOSER.

Second: so where is your pride now Lui? Begging for money on the internet because you didn't take the opportunity when it was offered. Not only didn't you take it but you spit on it and anyone who thought it was a good idea. I'm guessing the concept of "insurance" is lost on you. You're certainly lost in general.

Lang and his wife apparently blame President Barack Obama and Democrats for "passing a complex and flawed bill."

"[My husband] should be at the front of the line, because he doesn't work and because he has medical issues," Mary Lang told the Observer. "We call it the Not Fair Health Care Act."

There you go, the poster children for stupid. Mary thinks that because they're unemployed that THEIR handout should be first, before everyone else. Because.

Mary, you're one fucking stupid twat. You could have signed up for health care when it was available. But you didn't. And like every other idiot who thought they knew better you now get to suffer the consequences of your actions because that's what life is like for adults. Bite the hand that feeds and it don't feed any more. Not only that much of Lui's problems could have been avoided through common sense. He's diabetic and a smoker who chose not to control his bad behavior. Worse, he's too arrogant to apply for state help because "it takes too long".

Lang is a smoker who is reported to be "inconsistent in his efforts to control his diabetes." For now, he qualifies only for a limited South Carolina Medicaid plan that covers only checkups and family planning.

He did not apply for Social Security disability benefits because he said it takes too long.

Tough shit Sherlock. You made your bed, now sleep in it. And don't blame others for your ass decisions, because you own them just as much as they own you.

May/14
2015

Yes, it *is* a thing. A real thing.

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish peace activists who argue that military hardware isn't the best way to deter Russian submarines have launched their own underwater defense installation: a gay-themed sonar system.

In a publicity stunt dubbed "Operation The Singing Sailor," the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society placed a sonar device in the Stockholm archipelago sending out a Morse code message saying "This way if you are gay."

The device also features a neon sign with a sailor waving a white flag and the words "Welcome to Sweden - Gay since 1944" - the year Sweden legalized homosexuality.

I have to say the idea is worth a Nobel: witty, pretty and very original. Given the current fear of gays in the "former" USSR this might actually work as a valuable deterrent. So the question becomes how to implement the same thing for Ukraine? Broadcast over IFF? Put up signs and saloons on the border? Nightly performances of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on portable stages along the Crimean coast? Think people! Think! If this works it could mean a real solution, not just to the USSR but to religious extremism WORLD WIDE!

Of course we'll have to update the phrase "this way if you're gay" to something fresh from time to time. Me? I suggest something classic yet succinct. Something that goes well with music. And of course, something with... dynamic tension (or is that dramatic tension>)

In just seven days, I can make you a man. Dig it if you can.

May/14
2015

Yes, yes, again the GOP is pandering to the "howler monkey" voters, failing as always to consider that 50% of the population might object to MORE government intrusion in their lives.

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved amended legislation banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The bill was approved by a vote of 242-184, largely along party lines.

The "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" was pulled in January after some Republicans objected to language requiring women to have a police report to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks in cases of rape.

Before passing the bill, this language was removed and replaced with an amendment requiring a woman who is raped to receive medical attention and counseling 48 hours before she can receive an abortion.[..]

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., who introduced the legislation, said it is meant to protect women and unborn babies.

First it's important to note that Trent Franks is a douche.

Second there's no proof that a fetus is capable of pain. But for a moment let's suppose it is. At six months there's little difference between a fetal pig and fetal human. If fetal humans can feel pain (hypothetically) then fetal pigs must too. And what about Monkeys? Cats and dogs? And chickens? Cute, fluffy baby chicks? They can feel pain too, before they're born.

I say to you: ENOUGH! No more pre-baby animals in pain! No more veal! No more lamb! No more scrambled eggs! All babies deserve equal right to a pain-free life, even before they're born. Pain Capable Unborn Chicken Act! Because that baby chick on your plate will never live to see a sunny side!

May/13
2015

And lo, the asshole was fucked, well and truly.

When a football fan in Toronto shouted obscenities at a TV reporter, she stopped to confront him - and another man appearing in the video has lost his job.[..]

"It's a disgusting thing to say, it's degrading to women," Hunt says to one of the men. "I get this every single day, ten times a day, by rude guys like you."

The man was later identified and appears to have lost his job at a Canadian energy company. Several other men are pictured in the video, including the man who first jumped in front of the camera, but it's unclear what, if anything, has happened to them.(BBC)

It's amusing, because this particular tard had to make a big scene about why yelling obscenities to a woman in public on TV was justified. He even claimed that his "Mother would find it amusing...eventually." Yeah, I'm sure Mummy is real proud now and her son has to explain why he was fired in subsequent interviews. Unless of course he's recognized from one of the 1 million views.

Fuck someone? Yes my friend, someone was fucked. And that person was you.

May/12
2015

Will there ever be a time when women's health and safety aren't slaved to "opinion"?

Paraguay "failed to protect" a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim who has been denied an abortion, a group of UN human rights experts has said.

The girl allegedly became pregnant after being raped by her stepfather.

The country's health minister Antonio Barrios told the Paraguayan newspaper ABC (in Spanish) that abortion had been "completely ruled out" for the girl, and that he was hopeful for a "happy outcome" to her pregnancy.

Ten years old. Ten? And pregnant? That's ok in Paraguay apparently, because there *can* be a "happy outcome". I'd like Antonio to explain what that could possibly mean. Does it mean she doesn't die? That her growth is stunted? Her childhood destroyed? No one can ever be a child after they've become a mother.

Of course things aren't much better here either with the GOP in full bitch-bashing-beatdown mode.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors performing late-term abortions would be required to take steps to give the fetus the best chance of survival, according to a Republican bill the House plans to debate this week.

The legislation requires that if the fetus seems capable of surviving outside the womb, a second, neonatal doctor must be present to provide care and rush it to a hospital.

So when exactly did a "late term abortion" become a replacement C-section? And who becomes responsible for the fetus after? Who pays the bills? Who cares for it? Who become legally responsible?

Women. The world over, are second class or lower, if such a class exists. Until women can exercise total control over their bodies they will always be slave to a fantasy which makes them less valuable than the parasitic embryo they carry.

May/11
2015

Roughly translated, "Dropping a Duggar" means to take a shit.

Because they pop out babies just about as often as most people take a poop.

May/10
2015

The one day when people at least won't complain that Mom didn't do their laundry... until Monday.

May/09
2015

It seems there's a standard when it comes to computer cases, that the see-through window must be on the left. Why the left? I don't rightfully know but it's irksome. Why? Because on MY desk the wall is on the left, thus the computer must go there or it would seem as if I'm parking myself in a cubicle reminiscent of my days in college.

No thanks, those days are long gone and I'd like some visibility on one side at least.

I like looking into my computer. It's a neat little world in there, a world I helped create. There's more than just illuminated fans and glowies on the motherboard, there's the wires and ties, widgets and screws. It's like Escher made plastic and silicon.

Sadly that world is closed to me, because the window must be on the left. And I sit on the right.

Ah well.