Democrats Show Us Again They Are the Party of Anti-Semitism

Feb 06 2019

The recent attacks on Bernie Sanders for delivering an opinion on the State of the Union Address show us Anti-Semitism is alive and well in the Democratic Party.

The Democrats, who rigged their party’s primary process in 2016 to ensure Bernie Sanders would lose to Hillary Clinton, thus ensuring they would run the only Presidential candidate worse than Donald Trump against Donald Trump, again show us just how much they hate it when Bernie Sanders attempts to inject a progressive opinion into the political discourse. And we know from Hillary’s leaked e-mails that anti-semitism not only fueled the attack on Sanders, but also was a key part of the strategy, exploiting the anti-semitic leanings of members of the Democratic Party in their campaign to stop Sanders’ grass-roots campaign from succeeding.

I am certain Bernie Sanders was not the only person to tweet a response to the State of the Union address. Certainly not the only member of Congress. Why has his response been singled out for attack by Democrats? The party that continues its shift away from New Deal politics to identity politics frames its attacks on Sanders under the guide of race and gender.

Because Stacey Abrams is a Black female, then Bernie Sanders must be racist for sharing his opinion of the State of the Union address. Are we supposed to believe that White males aren’t allowed to offer an opinion? Were any other White men with opinions publicly ostracized? Or is singling out Sanders just another in a long line of anti-semitic musings from the Democratic base?

Break away, Bernie. Break away. America needs a true Independent.

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Was There a Football Game Or Something?

Feb 04 2019

It was kind of quiet yesterday, like everyone was inside watching TV at the same time. Were a lot of you watching? Just kidding.

I have watched past Superbowls but this year I found myself severely disinterested. Maybe this is due to my recently waning interest in pro sports in general, or maybe I just hate the stupid Patriots and stupid Tom Brady. Or maybe I preferred to spend Sunday sharing meaningful moments with my children. Not indoctrinating them into this annual spectacle. Maybe wait until they’re older and can choose for themselves if they want to watch television. Maybe not even then if it means they sit around watching grown men smash into each other hard enough to cause injury.

Creative play and intelligent conversation, nurturing them further along in their long journey through life, seemed better to me than having them sit for hours in the same room with adults imbibing alcohol watching steroid users crash into each other and inflict broken limbs and concussions, the violence and booze dilating our pupils so advertisers can swoop in for the kill with sexualized ads to brainwash us into buying their products.

I did end the day with a certain sense of smug self-satisfaction. But in this Facebook world saying you enjoyed spending time doing something hidden from full public view, quietly off the grid, brings you strange stares and ostracism rather than admiration and respect.

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Beginnings and Endings

Dec 31 2015

Sitting down with my wife to watch yet another New Year’s Eve Twilight Zone Marathon. This never gets old for me.

My wife and I have had this little ritual for several years now. Heat up some frozen junk, have a couple of drinks, and cozy up on the couch all day/night/day/night spacing out on the #twilightzonemarathon.

After all these years, there is nothing else I would rather do on New Year’s Eve. Even when we know the twist in every episode, even though we always spend New Year’s Eve together this way, I never get tired of this ritual.

What makes this year’s ritual special is that we now have twin sons to share it with. (Thank you)

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,” or whatever similar refrain you hear everywhere this time of year, people tend to focus on beginnings and endings. Whether looking back with satisfaction or regret on the old year, or looking ahead to the upcoming year with anticipation or angst.

Still, I think my beginnings and endings are pretty heavy this year, all things considered.

What’s ending for me? That guy with no children and no dependents and no familial obligations. Kind of an obvious one there.

What’s beginning? My two sons’ lives, and all the promise held therein. And my new life with my sons.

Many people have their own annual ritual for New Year’s Eve, be it taking comfort and solace in the familiar, or seeking out a new experience each year. Whichever is the case, people focus on beginnings and endings.

Like writing, beginnings and endings are easy to script. It’s everything you do in between that’s hard.

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Ursula K. Le Guin on the State of Publishing

Nov 26 2014

In accepting the National Book Awards 2014 Distinguished Contribution award last week, author Ursula K. Le Guin blew the room away with a stunning and inspiring speech. [Via]

The speech is transcribed here, and the YouTube video embedded below. Short and succinct, yet profound.

What’s wrong with publishing these days? In a nutshell, capitalism. Same thing that’s wrong with everything else. What does one of our greatest future-thinking minds think needs to be done to save publishing?

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When Memes Collide

Nov 03 2014

I can’t wait for this impending three-way collision of memes.

What will it look like when the street harassment video meme collides with the Chelsea Handler nipple controversy, and then ricochets into the hot guy from target meme?

What kind of train wreck would that be?

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Does Anyone Give A Shit About A New Metallica Album?

Feb 06 2014

I sure don’t.

These sellout posers haven’t made a relevant album since 1988. That’s 25 years of pure drek.

Lars says in a Rolling Stone article that they’re taking their time writing. Would anyone care if Rolling Stone weren’t drumming up interest? They’ll make out like making an album takes longer now because they’re older and have other projects and families and bullshit like that. Really the album is taking so long because they’re out of usable ideas. They claim in the RS article that they have hundreds of pieces of music, yet no album. Sounds to me like even they are starting to realize they sound like shit.

The biggest of the “Big Four” thrash bands? Hardly. I’m much more interested in the new music Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax have released in recent years than the crap Metallica has farted out for the last quarter-century. These guys are living off four albums they made from ’83 to ’88.

Rumor is that Metallica is the reason there has been no new “Big Four” tour. That is a joke considering how terrible they sound live, and how good the “Other Three” sound. You’re better off seeing a Metallica cover band at a local bar than Metallica at this point. I’ve heard cover bands that sound more like Metallica than Metallica.

I think they should be dropped from the “Big Four” at this point. Perhaps replace them with Overkill or Manowar.

Do you give a shit about a new Metallica album? Comment as you see fit.

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Bloomberg Leaves Behind Strong Legacy

Dec 20 2013

Bloomberg's Legacy

New Yorkers dealing with Bloomberg’s shitty legacy

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Hanukkah Dinner: Feeds 6 Hungary People

Nov 02 2013

Hannukah Dinner

Feeds 6 Hungary People

Some Thanksgivukkah typo humor for ya

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Miley Cyrus SEO

Oct 08 2013

This is a shameless attempt to boost traffic to my blog by featuring “Miley Cyrus” as a search term.

This whole Miley vs. Sinead feud has me laughing. Yes, after the fourth open letter to Miley, Sinead is starting look a little kooky, but you must admit she had a point at first. Everything Miley has done since the infamous “twerking” episode at the MTV Video Music Awards has more in common with prostitution than with music.

Considering past VMAs featured classic music moments as Madonna and Britney Spears sucking face, does this surprise anyone? Between the VMAs and those stupid reality shows, the only way women get on MTV is by prostituting themselves and selling their bodies. I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeon, but no one is talking about the music on MTV.

Don’t get me wrong, prostitution has its place – in a whorehouse. But as long as MTV reduces its female artists to performing dry-hump strip teases and they willingly oblige, it’s hard to take the women of today’s MTV seriously as musicians. And doesn’t it seem like working for Disney just served to prepare Miley & Britney for a career in selling their bodies? And why would their parents consent to this? Oh, right – money. Enough money to buy your daughter’s integrity.

Real women rockers – Anne Wilson, Pat Benetar, Joan Jett, Sinead, Stevie Nicks, Adele – broke barriers by making great music, and are infinitely more beautiful for not objectifying themselves. They don’t need to.

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From the Garden of Doctor Moreau: The TomTato

Sep 27 2013

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