Thursday, October 10, 2013

it's always nice to know that somebody's reading this tripe .

Zeta Woof: Friday, October 4, 2013 QOTD
 We are unable to confirm the rumor that the man who set himself on fire on the National Mall was the lead programmer of the [Obamacare] website

      — Jerry The Geek
 LOL, as the kids say. 
 posted by Gordon R. Durand at 5:57 PM

Link  to the original Geek Article here.  The comment is near the bottom of the article.

And yes, the comment was fully "Tongue In Cheek".


The Shooting Wire for Wednesday, October 9

NBC Sports Pulls Out of SHOT Show and Plug on "Under Wild Skies"

Citing "business reasons" NBC Sports has confirmed to Variety magazine that after several years of supporting the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades Show (SHOT), it will not be a sponsor in 2014. An NBC Sports representative told Variety "...this January we will not be sponsoring the show because it does not make business sense for us at this time." NBC Sports execs will, however, be attending SHOT to "meet with clients." Those "clients" will not include the NRA's "Under Wild Skies" - Variety also reported the network had pulled the plug on that show after host Tony Makris shot an elephant in a September 22 episode and then compared critics of the shooting to Hitler.
I'm not sure if I understand this correctly.
Has NBC (Sports) made the determination to discontinue Shooting Sports coverage because somebody shot an elephant 'on camera'?
Grouch ("I once shot an elephant in my pajamas; how he got into my pajamas I'll never know") Marx

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Where's my $10k? Ugly!

Pentagon freezes death benefits for fallen soldiers' families | Fox News:
It's another ugly symptom of the partial government shutdown -- and this time it impacts the families of soldiers who are dying for their country. 
 The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that, as long as the budget impasse lasts, it will not be able to pay death benefits to the families of troops who've been killed in combat. 
 "Unfortunately, as a result of the shutdown, we do not have the legal authority to make death gratuity payments at this time," said Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Defense Department spokesman. "However, we are keeping a close eye on those survivors who have lost loved ones serving in the Department of Defense." 
House lawmakers, though, are planning to vote Wednesday on a bill to restore funding for the payments. And Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of needlessly withholding the money.
What are the economic measures Obama is taking to economize while the "Federal Shakedown" efforts are being instituted?
  •  Closing national parks .. okay, it costs a LOT of money to keep a park open.  I'm sure it only SOUNDS petty.
  •  Closing national monuments ... how much does it cost to keep the WWII monument accessible from the sidewalk?
  •  Closing the ocean?  I'm sure it takes more money to keep rangers patrolling the bay to save boaters and fishermen, than it takes to keep boaters and fishermen from going out on their boats to fish.  Or ... not!
  • Defunding death benefits for U.S. military families who have lost their members due to combat?

Okay, that's going too far.

It has become obvious that the Obama Administration has picked the most horrible and intrusive  of all possible spending cuts in order to make the "Governmental Shutdown" a crisis which must be shared by the American People.  A "responsible" president would do his best to make the current budgetary crisis as painless as possible to the American People.  Mr. Obama, in contrast, has clearly made it as painful as possible. 

And in doing so, he has revealed the absolute contempt he has for both the citizenry in general, and the military in particular.  He has forced our Military to think about their families, instead of focusing on their duties.   That is characteristic of a society which is familial in nature, rather than national.  It is a lower form of society.

Obama clearly hates us.  We are not 'his people'.  Instead, we are pawns to be manipulated in his global chess game.

Any man who accepts the honor of his office would be grateful to the American People.  It is only a low mean-spirited man who would take this national crisis to demonstrate his disregard for those who stand between us, and our enemies.

"The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend."
That is an aphorism which the entire world acknowledges.

"The Enemy of my Friend my Enemy."
Is that where we are now?

This goes far beyond party politics.  This is just ... ugly.

American soldiers have a petty insurance policy; and BTW, there is no Life Insurance policy which pays Death Benefits as a consequence of "War or Civil Disobedience".  Except for the Federal Death Benefits.

The families of a serviceman who is killed in action has only a small amount of compensation to look forward to.  At the time of my military service (1968-1970), that was $10,000.

It's a little bit different, today:

Death Gratuity. The military "death gratuity" is a lump sum gratuitous payment made by the military to eligible beneficiaries of a member who dies on Active Duty (AD), Active Duty for Training (ADT), or Initial Duty Training (IDT), or full-time National Guard duty. Its purpose is to help the survivors in their readjustment and to aid them in meeting immediate expenses incurred. The death gratuity payment is $12,420, and is non-taxable. For those whose death is as a result of hostile actions and occurred in a designated combat operation or combat zone or while training for combat or performing hazardous duty, the payment is $100,000. 
 It's not clear how extensive this cessation of death benefits extends; perhaps it's only non-Active Duty (IDT or ADT) benefits which are being curtailed.

It doesn't make much difference, one suspects, to the family of the Fallen Soldier. 
And it doesn't make much difference to me. 
All of this looks like ObamaCare, from here.

If you're not clear on the concept, think:  "Hate Crime"

He who hates .. not just the Military, or its members, but their families?

He hates America.

Mr. Obama, you are NOT looking very American today.

Monday, October 07, 2013

▶ The "Black NRA"

▶ ZoNATION The Black N.R.A.? More like the Fake N.R.-eh? - YouTube:
 Published on Sep 20, 2013
Sarah Silverman's Funny or Die video should probably die, but not by shooting.

Funny Or Die is a website which presents "funny" videos ... usually of professional Comedians ... which are often bawdy.  I've linked to their material here before.

Saraj Silverman is a lady who has a large following of comedy lovers, and she's not afraid to offend her viewers.  She is also very liberal. (In that 2008 example of one of her F.O.D. routines, she compares her "Nana" with a "Young Black Man".   She's trying to convince her audience that they should vote for B.H. Obama, who she obviously admires.)

She recently contributed a comedic skit entitled "The Black NRA".  I'll let you decide for yourself. 

Yes, Gangs are a problem in the Inner City.  Silverman's skit suggests that all young black men are gang members.  Some people found her blanket characterization offensive.

"Can't You Take A Joke?"

Yes, Gangs are a problem.   But not all young black men are gangsters.  Not all gangsters are young black men.

Blanket characterization of a specific population segment (ethnic, race, creed, religion, etc.) is called "Profiling".  Liberals think that the EVIL Republicans do this too often, and that it is wrong.  When 'they' (conservatives) do it.

But when THEY (liberals) do it, it's okay.  "It's a joke, get it?"   Think of the most racist joke you have ever heard; was it acceptable because it was intended to be a joke?

Not all Southern Democrats are the same.  Not all Liberals are the same.  Not all Conservatives are the same.  Not all comedians are the same.

But Liberals tend to have a blind spot.  When they demonstrate their racist tendencies, they believe they should be granted a "pass" on the racism issue.  The things they say are okay; but if a Conservative said the same thing, they would be labelled a Racist.

Unfortunately, too many people in this country buy into their monolithic schtick.  Specificly, Black Conservatives are, in their mind, "Not Black Enough".  So the Liberals don't mind if they offend Black Conservatives.

They call them "Oreos" or "Coconuts" ... black on the outside, white on the inside.

That's profiling.

But it's okay if THEY do it.