June 24th, 2012

Peter G

I'm Like Evil, I Get Under Your Skin, Just Like A Bomb That's Ready To Blow

Confidential to someone I know doesn't read this but I don't care....

Wow!  This is going faster than I anticipated!  No mandatory Sundays!

I know you were overridden.  I thought I had to keep your support network and protectors out of this.  I had no idea they would turn against you.  I need to rethink.  And you need to realize that you've caused a bigger problem.

There are approximately twelve employees that, thanks to one of them overhearing me, are going to land you in hot water with the labor board.  And don't think they won't -- your actions have proved you lied to everyone about what you could legally do.  No one is feeling any mercy for you anymore.

You don't have to show remorse.  I'm not expecting miracles.  But you will fix your mistakes.  You will start treating us like human beings.  It's the only way you will get out of the path of the boulder before it crushes you.

I was expecting this to take a few weeks.  Instead, the changes you announced on Saturday morning show things are blooming much quicker than that.  Your time is running out.  Do what is right.

"Now I'm gonna tell you a story
"A tale of wrong and right
"And freedom is the reason
"You can't take it without a fight."
--Anthrax
"Starting Up A Posse"
(taken out of context, but it fits)
Peter G

Jerry Sandusky -- And That's Really All I Can Say

This is the conflict of being a good Christian.  We are supposed to forgive.  We are supposed to hope.  We are not supposed to wish Eternal Damnation on anyone.

But I don't think God is going to get upset about this time.

I hope Jerry Sandusky burns in Hell.  I hope he knows nothing but eternal pain and torture.  Because I believe in God's mercy, I believe it takes something really really horrible -- not bad, horrible -- for someone to go to Hell.  Sandusky is just such a person.

It's sort of like the debate over who is worse, Jason from Friday The 13th or Freddy from Nightmare On Elm Street.  Freddy is worse.  If Jason kills you, you're just dead.  Freddy steals your soul and continues to torment you long after he has destroyed you.

This is Sandusky.  Sandusky could have done one simple act of honor.  He and his lawyers saw the evidence against them thanks to disclosure.  He knew juries are very easy to convince to pot sexual predators of any kind.  Sandusky was offered a plea deal.  He still would have gone to jail, his life would still be over.  But it would have been over and done with right then and there.

And those kids would never have to testify.

But Sandusky decided to fight.  And there's no way he thought he could beat the rap.  There's only one reason he did it.

He did it to abuse those kids again.

Each one of those kids who testified had to look at that demon in court and relive the horrors again, in front of their families, reporters, jurors, the entire world.  Not once, but twice, because Sandusky's lawyers got to crossexamine them.

I admire those kids.  They were put through the wringer just because Sandusky wanted to.  And they stood up to him.  They did it.  They are brave.  They are heroes.

 But just because they succeeded doesn't mean they should have gone through it in the first place.

Sandusky could have spared them the pain and humiliation.  But he didn't.  Remember, a good lawyer keeps you out of court.  Sandusky went and did it.  Just like all those years ago, he didn't care who he hurt.

Supposedly, Sandusky is now on a suicide watch after being convicted on 45 of the 48 counts.  Why are we trying to stop him?  Why aren't we giving him a knife, pills, a gun, and a spot on top of the freeway overpass and saying, "Take your pick?"  And then finishing him with whatever is left?

Recovering from sexual assault is very difficult.  Those kids and untold countless others have to spend every day walking through the gauntlet their emotions and values creates.  Some find peace eventually.  Many do not, however.

Sandusky deserve Hell.  Plain and simple.
Twilight For President

Welcome To The Microcosm

Elections are usually about something.

Whether or not that something is actually anything or nothing.

People are watching the Supreme Court closely because of significant rulings coming down this week.  They have to come down this week, because this is the last week of sessions for the highest court in the land.  As such, ordinary citizens are waiting so they can officially bitch about whatever the court rules on Obama's immigration policy and, of course, Obamacare.  They are gearing up, ready to use whatever the rulings are as political rallying points to whip up voters for one side or the other.

The people doing this should be pitied and shunned.

The terms of the election are already set.  The rhetoric is already set to flow.  The messages have been shaped and rehearsed so that, no matter what the rulings are, they can dovetail with the parties' agendas.

The message of the 1980 elections was, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"  The Clinton election was about whether someone who seemed to willingly remove himself from everyday life and denied there was a recession going on under his nose could be trusted to right the country.  2008 was do you want a continuation of the Bush Dynasty.  Yes, these are gross oversimplifications and there were far more issues than that, and, in fact, most of these "points" weren't even correct or valid.  But that was what voters reacted to.  If voters paid attention, we wouldn't be stuck with idiots running for office in the first place.

This election is trying to be framed by regular voters as being about government control (Obama and his policies) versus laissez-faire and the myth of Adam Smith economics (Romney and his proposals).  The collective good versus individual liberty.

This is wrong.

This election is all about government handouts.  Those of you thinking, "Yeah, Obama with his programs," you aren't seeing the whole picture.  Obama's government handouts go to narrowly defined voting blocks that tilt the election his way.  Romney, on the other hand, is proposing government handouts going to corporations, decision makers, and other stalwarts of trickle down philosophy.  In other words, both sides are still taking our money for the benefit of a chosen few.  (Remember, Bush Jr. was just as Big Government and spend-happy as Obama, the only difference was the underlying philosophies and their conclusions.  They both wanted to control the machine for their ends.)

Proof of this is that, this week, Obama's campaign is opening another attack on Romney and his history with Bain Capital.  During the week, Romney said he was going to get tough with China, possibly resorting to protectionism to keep jobs in America.  Well, that was a stupid thing to do.  On Friday, the Washington Post ran a piece about how Bain sent jobs overseas to China.  Rallying round the flag are Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager, quickly put together a video about that and has had conference calls with union leaders at the AFL-CIO, Communications Workers Of America, and United Steelworkers.  Obama chief strategist David Axelrod held a conference call on this, and Obama, currently in Florida, said, "Let me tell you, Tampa, we do not need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office."  Romney keeps talking about how his tenure at Bain makes him perfect to get the country back on its feet.

You can read this as Obama officially ditching trying to be Wall Street friendly.  He needed WS help to get elected.  Obama is wagering that the support of the working man he gains will be enough to negate the loss of Clout Street.  Obama's team is trying to make Bain a liability.

Will it work?  Well, it hasn't yet.

The minds of most people are already made up.  The reason for this taffy pull is because the numbers are close enough that, if they can skew the undecided voters towards them, it will help them win.  And Obama's got an uphill battle here.

Ever since the GOP leadership put the arm on Newtie and Santorum and told them to STFU, Romney has been raising a lot of campaign money.  Although his war chest is not as big as Obama's, he still out raised him last month.

Obama is losing support among his own group.  Centrist Democrats, seeing how much Obama has damaged his brand with average voters, are already looking at a Hillary Clinton run in 2016 (and remember, these are the same people who support Slick Willie in 92 and 96).  Obama has lost his connection with the younger crowd who voted him in for Hope and Change and are seeing that the President can't magically make things go away.  Hillary is still viable, and she's aware of the liability Obama creates.  It's why she quit.  I can guarantee you she will run for the nomination in 2016.  How well she does, I don't know.  She wasn't just Bill's "empowered" wife, she's had official duties in the Obama Administration and she hasn't done too well.  How she will fare with a voting block that is burned out on making history by electing firsts remains to be seen, especially with the other D's who didn't want her in 2008, much less 2016.

So here's what will determine who you vote for -- both sides are going to take your money.  Both sides are going to claim it's for the Greater Good.  And both sides will only give it to the Greater Good that they approve of, which, by definition, will not be as Great a Good as if they gave support to all of the Greater Good.  Neither side is going to fix anything, just keep the money flowing from our taxes to their benefactors.

In other words, the election boils down to, where do you want it?  Face or gut?
What?

It's Technology, Folks! It's All Right!

There's a reason I don't trust technology.

People will do all kinds of stupid shit with it.  Remember fluoroscopes?  Those were X-ray machines in shoe stores that you put your feet in to see how the shoes fit.  X-ray radiation isn't good for us?  Since when?  Then there was making false teeth out of radioactive material so that it fluoresced.

This got sent to me with a, "You ain't gonna believe this shit...."  If you can watch this entire thing without your jaw falling open, you are a better man than I.