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  • Kurt Brindley 4:51 pm on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ad blockers, , , humor, ironic humor, , music ads, , , video ads   

    Irony, As Advertised 

    Irony, As Advertised
     

     

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:49 pm on March 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , autocrat, , , humor, , intellectuals, π, , , , Sean Spicer,   

    The Donald’s Dumming Down of America 

    Perhaps Spicer is actually a closet intellectual; perhaps it’s just his ignorant boss with his un-intellectual, autocratic antics who makes him appear otherwise…
     

    The Dumming Down of Spicer

    Image, without markup, courtesy of MSN NEWS

     

    #whysodummerica

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 11:40 am on March 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fibonacci, humor, Irrational, irrationalities, math nerds, mathmatics, , numbers theory, , , Pi the movie, prime numbers,   

    For all you unabatablely persistent* Irrational Types, and you know who you are… 

    It’s not like you needed one, but today’s your day.

     

     

     

    #happypiday
    #prayforthemathnerds

     


    *Yeah, so what, I like adverbs and redundancies… what’s so irrational about that?

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 4:07 pm on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: contingency plans, coups, , , humor, , McCarthyism, , military coups, ,   

    When the Monster is in Steady Pursuit… 

    At least we know where it is…

    Is anyone else beginning to get a little freaked out by Trump’s twitter discipline lately?

    I wonder if word got to him that the military is “secretly” planning to take over the government, you know… just in case so he decided he had better play the presidential part as written for a while.

    Spooky…

    But think about it – surely there has to have been at least a tiny bit of discussion about “contingency plans” by the military’s top brass for if/when Trump finally self-implodes himself all over everyone.

    Anyway…

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  • Kurt Brindley 9:38 am on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clocks, , Daylight Savings Time, Emily Dickinson, humor, , , , presentiments, , , , Women Poets,   

    Emily Dickinson on Daylight Savings Time* 

    764

    Presentiment – is that long Shadow – on the Lawn –
    Indicative that Suns go down –

    The Notice to the startled Grass
    That Darkness is about to pass –

     


    *Admittedly, it’s highly unlikely that Ms. Dickinson while sitting alone upstairs staring out her pondering window penned this pensive poem about Daylight Savings Time; that being said, it’s time to throw open those curtains, spread sunshine on those foreboding winter-fouled floating dust mites of presentiments and drag those lagging Clocks for-ward and on-ward to-ward that Fresh Breath of presentiment-less and Carefree Air affectionately known as Spring, yo!**

    **What’s with all the “yos” lately, yo?

     

     
  • Liz 12:30 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , humor, ,   

    HAIKU CHALLENGE 

    HAIKU CHALLENGE
    HAIKU ON GEN-X VISION
    FEBRUARY 15, 2017 LEAVE A COMMENT EDIT
    Nina Mariah

    By: E. R. Smith

    Haiku on Gen-X Vision

    Gained Gen-X vision

    eye strain on optic axon

    mutant lens fade hue

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:17 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Deep State, , humor, , National Security Agency, , , , , , , , wiretaps   

    OMG!!! OBAMA SPIED ON TRUMP!!!!!!! 

    Duh! I sure as hell hope so.

    How better to learn what Vlady, The Puppet Master, Putin is up to than to monitor his puppets.

    If, based on what appears (day by day right before our twitter-filled eyes) to be the case, that Hitler-inspired Trump and his lot of unpatriotic stooges were, and probably still are, in naughty cahoots with the naughty Kremlin…

    Then not to have been monitoring the whole naughty unpatriotic lot of them puppets would, to me, have been…

    A blatant dereliction of duty.

    And we all know that former President Obama is no derelict.

    Yeah…

    Anyway, as a contextual aside…

    The National Security Agency, an organization I worked for or supported while in the military and as a (don’t judge) Defense Contractor (Yes, I worked for Booz Allen for a bit. No, I never met Snowden.) for nearly 30 years*, has an unofficial motto:

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:20 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bernie Madoff, CNBC, commerce, corporate raiders, crooks, , , humor, , , , stress relievers, tax evasion,   

    For Fidgety Folks Fixin’ for a Fidgety Fix 

    Read an interesting CNBC article how a young kid (twenty-four is still a kid to an old dud of a fart like me) was able to make mucho dinero by stalking the fundraising sites, identifying which products are drawing in the investors, and then beating the fundraisers to market with knock-offs of what they are funding for.

    Quite risky but, at least in this particular instance I was reading about, quite rewarding. It cost him less than $4.00 to bring his knocked-off product to market and he sells them for $24.99 $19.99.

    Anyway, that’s cool and all. I’m all for commerce and profits… Money is nice.

    Although, I’m sure that kid will find a place behind bars someday for something like, oh I don’t know… tax evasion or pyramid schemes or something of that corporate-raider-like spirit. Yeah, I know that’s negative, but I can tell just by reading about him that he has that I’m-fixin’-to-get-rich-no-matter-who-I-gotta-screw-or-screw-over-to-get-it twinkle in his eye.

    But… the reason I’ve called this meeting is not just to discuss our budding Bernie Madoff, but to bring you to awareness of the type of product he “knocked-off” from Indiegogo.

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    • M. A Morris 11:17 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      These were originally designed to help kids with ADHD. We know or we were that kid in class who used to piss off the teacher because of the compulsive pen clicking or desk tapping. These “toys” help kids and adults who need that kind of fidgety motion in order to focus. The thought that some young Trumpette punk making a small fortune off of such an educational tool is sickening. I’ve no problem with a decent profit made off of an original idea. But what this kid is doing is akin to piracy.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:02 pm on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Which is why he goes by “Jack,” his pirate name.

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        • M. A Morris 12:07 pm on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          This kind of stuff is just infuriating. I’m often left wondering why some people just can’t do the right thing.

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          • Kurt Brindley 12:14 pm on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            I hear ya; however, in the pirate’s defense — unless there is a patent to prohibit it, it’s legal to make products similar to other products, like automobiles or dining utensils or any other countless commercialized commodity in the market place of good and bad necessities.

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:48 am on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Black Arts, Black Magic, devil, , , hexes, humor, , , , spells, , Trump protests, witches, witches protest   

    Can Witches trump the Devil? 

    Drudge has double headlines linking to an Elle article declaring,

    “WITCHES TO CAST SPELL ON TRUMP…”
    “MASS HEX ACROSS THE GLOBE…”

    Nice.

    Okay, Witches… time to get your witch on.

    #PROTESTSPELLS

    trump-satan
     

     

    #prayforthewitches

     

     
    • wscottling 5:02 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a binding spell, and it’s supposed to happen tonight. I’d do it myself, but I’m missing some ingredients.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:19 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Note to self: stay on wscottling’s good side. Spell on, my friend.

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        • wscottling 5:25 pm on February 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          The binding spell is to stop him from doing harm. The witch’s creed is “So long as it harms no one, do as you will.” or something to that affect. I’m not a witch. My sister is. I’m Agnostic when it comes to these things. I don’t believe or disbelieve, but the way I see it, it can’t hurt. :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:46 am on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , humor, , , Iraqi Oil, , Mad Dog Mattis, , military humor, , national apologies, Travel Ban, , war crimes   

    Two important observations so far from Mattis’ trip to Iraq… 

    The first observation:

    Mad Dog Mattis must be mad as hell for having to humiliate himself by being the face of our national apology for Trump’s war-crime declaration that we should have and still just might take Iraq’s oil; not to mention the fact that he, Mattis, has to tap dance around the fact that he, Trump, is still hell-bent on keeping every damn one of them, Iraqis, the hell outta our country, regardless whether they fought side by side our soldiers or not (just them, not their oil).

    The second observation:

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    • cindy knoke 1:23 am on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So we all are forced to scramble down the rabbit hole because the us has too much power and has now irretrievably lost it.
      This is a pathetic state of affairs.
      What if we actually can’t resist him?
      Then, what should we do?

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:01 am on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t blame him any longer really. He can’t help but be the megalomaniac narcissistic autocrat-wanna-be who he is. I blame the nearly half of us who fervently and freakishly, not just support him now, but now seem to yearn for him to assume absolute power.

        The real test will come during the next election. We have four years to ponder and prepare.

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    • quillella 4:54 pm on February 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t believe this level of racism is prevalent, let alone allowed at such a high level…Zero sympathy for Mad Dog. As per usual,your post is hilarious. Hair= better salutes: confirmed.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:36 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        It’s a mad, mad, mad … mad and sad world we’re now spinning around madly on… :/

        Which is why I’m happy you found some humor in the post. Thanks for taking the time to let me know, quillalla. :)

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        • quillella 12:47 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          For a second, I thought you were quoting Alice in Wonderland :P It was a real pleasure reading your blog, I should be the one thanking you!

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          • Kurt Brindley 12:49 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            Actually, I was stealing the mad from this:

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            • Kurt Brindley 12:51 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink

              And the sad comes from this:

              Thanks so much for your kind, encouraging words. :)

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            • quillella 12:58 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink

              OMG THAT TRAILER IS HILARIOUS! Gosh, I need to watch more old movies. I loved Twelve Angry Men and Some Like it Hot…do you have any favourites?

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            • Kurt Brindley 3:08 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink

              So many but if you like 12AM then you should like To Kill a Mockingbird and A Streetcar Named Desire in the serious literary adaptions. Catch-22 (a Heller adaption); Dr. Strangelove/Clockwork Orange – Kubric, of course… and on and on…

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            • quillella 7:52 pm on February 22, 2017 Permalink

              I’ve never seen the Clockwork Orange, but I’ve heard good things…very comprehensive list of favourites :P

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:10 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , gif art, , humor, , SAG Awards, Screen Actors Guild, Stranger Things, , Winoa Ryder   

    Arting On with the Stars 

    This is what I am talking about of Artists using their platforms for the good of the Republic…


     

    And this is what I’m talking about of all the many [fun] facets and [funny] forms that Art can take…

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:35 am on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Dave Astor, , , , humor, , , , wit,   

    From Author Dave Astor: Guest Literature Post by Donald Trump! 

    I was considering writing a satire post (i.e., FAKE Post!) with its premise being our so-called president writing it as a Guest Author.

    As I was getting set to channel Trump for the writing, I got cold fingers, so to speak, from the damage the channeling might do to my so-called brain; so, I backed slowly away from the keyboard, thought about it for a minute, then made the decision to search around to see if anyone had already done something similar.

    I’m happy to have lost my courage to allow my brain to think as a non-reading Trump would and I am awe at the courage author Dave Astor possesses and the risks he was willing to take to share his brain and blog with him, for his sacrifices have allowed us to enjoy this reblogged post of his.

    If you’re a reader of such things as “books” that are written with more than 140 words and that may contain troubling brain hurdles such as nuance and non-linear plot and plotless constructs, then you must check out Mr. Astor’s witty and wise blog.

    ★★★

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    Dave Astor on Literature

    This blog will be different today, because Donald Trump demanded to write a guest piece. I told him he doesn’t read literature or know much about it, but he insisted. Anyway, things will go back to normal next week, but until then…herrrrrre’s the illegitimate president:

    The Donald (me) doesn’t read novels, but I do read the backs of cereal boxes. Lots of back story, ya know?

    Actually, I know a yuge amount about fiction. Not the literary kind — the “alternative facts” kind.

    I can’t deal with The Wings of the Dove. Why didn’t Henry James write The Wings of the War Hawk? Sad.

    The Red Badge of Courage? Stephen Crane — what a loser. Believe me, I showed more courage getting Vietnam War deferments for alleged bone spurs in my heels, even though I played a ton of sports at the time with no problem. They…

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 pm on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , humor, , , , , , ,   

    In Memoriam 

    Trump Administration Memorial Cemetary

    And In Anticipation

    #stayrelentlessmyfriends
    #happyvalentinesday

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:17 am on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Brits, , , humor, , , , , , , ,   

    John Oliver and J. K. Rowling are both Bad@$$ Evil Fighting Superhero Brits 

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:14 pm on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Bill Belichick, , , , humor, , , , , , , Tom Brady,   

    #GOFALCONS 

    Brady and Belichick support Trump.
    Trump supports Putin.
    Putin supports oppression.
    Oppression supports fear.
    Fear supports hate.
    Hate supports violence.
    Violence supports violence.
    Violence supports violence.
    Violence supports violence…

    Support freedom, peace, and love.
    Support the Falcons.

    #happyfootballday
    #kaepernick

     

     
    • Mellow Curmudgeon 8:37 pm on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      At half time, the Falcons lead 21-3, with 6 of those point thanks to a spectacular 82 yd run after intercepting a Patriot pass. So far, so good. Wish the Dems could play like the Falcons. Would the Falcons’ coach be willing to be the next DNC chair?

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    • nonsmokingladybug 10:35 pm on February 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The New England Patriots will alwyas be “The Cheating team” for us. We were cheating fo the Falcons as well. Turned it off when the wrong team won. Same as with Trump, no telling how they got there.

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    • mjlstories 9:42 am on February 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Or follow the dream with Sutton United FC, furthest ever they’ve got in the FA cup, most good-natured pitch invasion ever and set to play Arsenal in their tiny ground at the wonderfully named Gander Green Lane. The modest little guys do sometimes win even in this troubled world.

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:13 am on January 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bad Lip Reading, , , , funny videos, , , humor, lip reading, parody, ,   

    Non-Partisan Parodistic Humor 

    Since we’re all inevitably doomed anyway, be it by a #trumpocalypse risen freedom eating zombie tomorrow, or by an angel-stroked sweet Good Night (God is Good, right… I mean, God is “good”, I suppose, but the word “good” also is “God” … Right? That’s where the word “good” came from, right? Directly from God? Right? Ah, good god maybe not…) fifty-years from now, we all might as well laugh together as we march happily toward our demise…

    Right?
     

    #readmylips-laughdammit

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 2:15 pm on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #trumpocalypse, , , , humor, , Lucifer, , , Satan, , , trafficking,   

    Is everybody… okay? 

    It’s been over twenty-four hours since we, and by “we” I mean definitely not me, happily handed Lucifer the Keys to the Kingdom on a gold-plated platter of a presidency so I was just checking in to see if everyone is still alive and/or if there has been any signs of the onset of the sure-to-come-if-not-already-here-somewhere Trump Apocalypse, AKA #TRUMPOCALYPSE for brevity and my sake.

    So…

    Are you okay?

    I mean, this Trump Freak Show we are all now part of has got to be doing some serious psychological damage to some folks out there, with yours truly possibly included. Don’t ya think?

    Sigh…

    Well, as Chuck D of Public Enemy wisely if not futilely instructs us…

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    • MovieManJackson 2:18 pm on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We’ll be alright. Not the result many anticipated, but we make our own destinies.

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    • Tony Burgess 3:20 pm on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am still very worried. We can make our own destinies but sometimes they are controlled by people who make laws that can create a massive roadblock for them.

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    • Nancy V 4:13 pm on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Will keep doing what we’ve did for the last one. Working hard, saving money, keeping my head above water, and staying healthy. We struggled during the last eight years and are still haven’t recovered. It’s been bad for us.
      Cheers!

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    • Martha Keim 4:36 pm on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Still scared witless but trying to grasp the inevitable

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    • avwalters 4:40 pm on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Time to re-read Victor Frankl.

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    • Bonnie Follett 5:06 pm on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m glad there are a lot of women’s marches everywhere today – tracking what’s happening there for a few hours today has kept my mind occupied. But, we as a country are NOT ok.

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    • wscottling 7:44 pm on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have a plan… I can’t do much, but I’ll do what I can.

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    • Candace Gauger 11:42 pm on January 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Give him a chance to screw up before going off your nut like the rest of the children protesting all across the nation. He cannot be any worse than the last idiot and this rhetoric you’ve been spewing is getting repetitious.

      Just sit back, relax, and keep living your life as if nothing has changed. Seriously, I am seeing more maturity out of the loud mouthed customers demanding service on a Friday afternoon in the money center when the line is wrapped and all registers in use. Yes, I will be unfollowing this blog to escape the senselessness of this daily tirade.

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      • The Vintage Vixen 12:01 am on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Amen, Candace Gauger. This is turning into a national disgrace because people did not get their way. Eight years ago you could not protest against Obama because you would have been labeled a racist. Today you are just a proud American exercising free speech. I like your work, Kurt, but all this doom & gloom because Trump beat Clinton is only keeping the whole thing going. It’s over, she lost & left Washington for good yesterday after 23 long, painful zero accomplishment years. You have no choice except to move forward with your life, like when your favorite team doesn’t win the Stanley Cup. Do what the losing team does in that case-they line up to congratulate every member of the winning team then skate off the ice and prepare for next season. Or stay where you are whining and crying. Either way, Clinton still lost and Donald J. Trump is now the 45th President of the country you served.

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        • Kurt Brindley 9:53 am on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          You’ve been a long-time friend here, TVV, and I’m sorry you’re disappointed with my content of late. I’ve expressed my apologies for my focus on Trump in the past but he scares me and leaves me no choice but to speak out against him.

          But the points you make against me don’t really hold in my view. I have never been pro Clinton and never said Trump wasn’t legitimately elected, I’ve said the opposite. But you can take it to the bank that I will be following the many investigations into his and his associates’ relationship with Russia very, very closely because what I am down on is the way Trump behaves.

          You and others say give him a chance. He declared his candidacy for president in June 2015, and he was elected in November. He’s had all that time to prove himself presidential and he continues to be infantile, divisive, and seemingly pro-Russia. OMG did you see his comments from the CIA??!! Gross. Again, he scares me and I will remain focused on him for the foreseeable future.

          I don’t know who the other lady is whose diatribe against me that you seem to agree with so heartily and who has declared her intent to unfollow me so I couldn’t care less if she dismisses herself from my site, but I will be sorry to see you go if that is your choice.

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          • The Vintage Vixen 3:45 pm on January 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            I do not know about the others, but when I say to give him a chance, I mean as President, He did a lot of wonderful things over the years for NY (where I am from) and others.

            Did you know when Jennifer Hudson’s family was killed, Trump put her & her sister up in one of his hotels for free as long as they needed it for?

            He put an ice skating rink in NY at his own cost when the local gov’t could not get out of their own way.

            When his limo broke down and a couple gave him a ride to where he needed to go, a few days later he paid off their mortgage-their mortgage!!! He could have given them a cash reward of any monetary amount for their kindness and he chose to pay off their mortgage.

            There is so much proof-yes, PROOF that he is not the intolerant S.O.B. so many make him out to be (here if you are interested:

            (https://www.facebook.com/DonaldTrumpNews.Co/videos/1776200712637398/)

            Instead, everyone focuses on other comments taken out of context or as a result of his temper which basically told us he does not take crap from people he does not believe in, as we saw in the debates. And he must have been right about the press being biased because why else was Hilary predicted the winner for a month before the big “upset”?

            Kurt, I will always respect yours and everyone else’s right to free speech. It is part of why we are a great country. And please be sure that I am not here to change your mind. Your opinion is your own and you are entitled to that as well. But in this social media age when so much false information is put out there and people with small minds (present company excluded) take those falsehoods and build a mountain on it is just dangerous (as the violent riots on inauguration day proved with all the officers who were injured).

            Is Trump perfect? Of course not. Who is? But he has raised a decent family who had all the advantages growing up and instead of making sex tapes and being out partying at clubs every night those kids work just as hard as their father does. They are also a very close knit family. On that basis alone, there must be some good in a man who is such a good father.

            I do not think it is too much to ask to give him a chance in this new job, not his past work. Because right now in this moment, nothing has changed except that we now have a new president.

            I will now put my soap box away.

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    • literaryeyes 8:55 pm on January 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You couldn’t protest Obama because you’d be called a racist? Really? I remember oodles of protests and years of slamming him on Facebook and other social media. It went on from the first day he was elected and lasted eight years. Some really vicious stuff, too. Now some of us are expressing concerns about Trump’s behavior, which we’ve seen during the campaign. I know that he has been charitable, and I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, but I’ll also be watchful because I was so disturbed by his words and actions the past six months – which we all saw if we had eyes to see and ears to hear.

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    • literaryeyes 9:08 pm on January 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    • Kurt Brindley 11:22 am on January 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, good read. If I could afford it I’d have my own bunker, too.

      In a related topic, this is the best movie I’ve seen in a long while:

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    • Leland Olson Hoel 6:42 pm on January 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I feel very uneasy with our present president and with his cabinet choices. I’m 76 years old I have followed politics closer than many for my adult life. I recall the McGovern Nixon election, Sen. Mc Govern was was labeled a “liberal” by the Republican Party.That became worse than being a communist. It became a nasty dirty word and it is still considered that today. When Pres. Obama was elected to office the GOP swore they would do absolutely nothing that would help his presidency, they would try to make it very hard if not impossible for him to have a successful presidency.

      So it is no surprise today everything the president Obama signed into law is being red lined by Pres. Trump. With a few strokes of a pen he is going to do away with what Obama did get done. We are supposed to be living in a democracy, for the past eight years the GOP did not believe in a democracy, it was strictly my way or the Highway we will not do anything to help the people or the country if it’s going to help Pres. Obama. They now expect the Democratic Party to play nice, talk nice and bid them well as they dismantle pretty much everything that has been done as far as social programs go in this country.

      Social programs were mostly all started by a Democratic party that was concerned about the well-being of the people. Human nature being what it is, every social program that was ever started his been abused and today there abused to the point the budget is breaking the country. So we can look forward to plenty of austerity driven budget cuts in the name of lowering the national debt.

      People should learn to take care of themselves, feed themselves, pull themselves up by the bootstraps, don’t expect the government to do everything for you. Back in the good old days if you didn’t have insurance of your own, you did the honorable thing, you just stayed home and died. Don’t depend on government programs to take care of your health. This all sounds a little negative but I’m quite concerned our Democracy is going downhill at warp speed, for the simple reason people just don’t seem to care they stay disconnected from what is going on in government they don’t listen to the news, read a newspaper or keep up with current events or national events either. There’s an old saying “you don’t need to burn the books to destroy a culture, just get the people to quit reading them. We have dumbed down our nation to a point it is now manageable for the politicians. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

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      • Kurt Brindley 7:16 am on January 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yours is an important message, my friend. Whereas the word “liberal” has been deemed dirty for some time, it now seems the word “moderate” is also tracking the same course. Yes, it would be wonderful if everyone could manage for themselves responsibly, as it would be just as wonderful if we could manage to elect in a government that could also manage itself responsibly…

        Everything seems to be so off kilter now that I wonder if we can ever regain a respectable and responsible footing as a nation.

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  • Kurt Brindley 6:51 pm on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , humor, Mad Magazine, , , , ,   

    What, Me Worry? 


    Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side – Hitler


     

    Yes, I confess, Mad Magazine was just about the only sustained intellectual cultivation I received as a youth — hey, I’m a product of both the US Public School System and “The Eighties” so don’t blame me.

     
    But what is going on with all this spoofing and mocking of news, i.e.*, “fake news” stuff is reminiscent of not only Mad Magazine in its hilarious and spot-on spoofing and satirical mocking of any and all things sacred regarding U.S. politics and culture back in the day (and by “back in the day” I mean “The Eighties” of course), but its also reminiscent of how just about every autocrat in modern history would discredit and mock any viable public discourse and opposition regarding their dictatorial pursuits, which, of course, is not quite as hilarious as the first reminiscent example.

    Listen, at this rate [of our collective stupidity] our Autocrat-elect Donald Trump Drumpf won’t have to bother with all the effort of personally grinding our First Amendment rights under his gold-plated heel as he strives to consolidate absolute power absolutely…

    We will have already done that autocratic work for him by our falling for what has become this “all news is fake news” conspiracy, which, of course** will destroy completely what little is left of any credibility and power our national news organizations will have to restrain and/or hold our Dear Leader-in-waiting Drumpf accountable for his autocratic strivings.

    I mean, c’mon on, People…

    Putin is now lecturing us about the dangers of spreading fake news to undermine Drumpf’s presidency when he, Putin, currently the world’s foremost autocrat, is the one responsible for most of the fake news mills out there that generated all the fake news that so many Drumpf supporters blindly and happily glommed onto in their blind and happy support for Drumpf!!!

    Sheesh…

    Yes, I am quite beside myself about all of this fake news BS and, while I’m not a betting man, if I had to bet I would bet that this probably won’t be the last you hear of it here.

    And that’s no joke***…

    #whysodummurica

     
    *No matter how many times you tell me, I’ll never remember the difference between i.e. and e.g…
    **Of course I realize I’m redundantly using the “of course” expression to a painful extreme but that’s what happens when one is so very certain of one’s uncertain future…
    ***Lame ending, I know; but I couldn’t come up with anything good while using the word “fake”…

     

     
    • cinderellaeveryman 8:23 pm on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Dude, check out the New Yorker article featured today, feb.18 ‘Inside Trump’s Surreal News Conference’ [more or less] a hoot!
      the back stage view of the reporters’ reeling in shock at each wave of Trump rebuttals, intimidations, dodges, bluffs. Cool your heels in that cocktail and you’ll live another day.
      keep joggin’!

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:55 am on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I can imagine how terrifying it must have been being so close to the source because the horror I felt from it still haunts me.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:11 pm on January 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , humor, , , , Schicklgruger,   

    History Lessons Near and Less Near: On Drumpf and On Schicklgruber 

    History Lesson Near On Drumpf

    From “Last Week Tonight”


    This amazing video should be watched in its entirty but what pertains specifically to Drumpf begins at mark 17:55
     


     

    History Lesson Less Near On Schicklgruber

    From THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH
     

     

    There are many weird twists of fate in the strange life of Adolf Hitler, but none more odd than this one which took place thirteen years before his birth. Had the eighty-four-year-old wandering miller not made his unexpected reappearance to recognize the paternity of his thirty-nine-year-old son nearly thirty years after the death of the mother, Adolf Hitler would have been born Adolf Schicklgruber. There may not be much or anything in a name, but I have heard Germans speculate whether Hitler could have become the master of Germany had he been known to the world as Schicklgruber. It has a slightly comic sound as it rolls off the tongue of a South German. Can one imagine the frenzied German masses acclaiming a Schicklgruber with their thunderous “Heils”? “Heil Schieklgruber!”? Not only was “Heil Hitler!” used as a Wagnerian, paganlike chant by the multitude in the mystic pageantry of the massive Nazi rallies, but it became the obligatory form of greeting between Germans during the Third Reich, even on the telephone, where it replaced the conventional “Hello.” “Heil Schicklgruber!”? It is a little difficult to imagine.*

    *Hitler himself seems to have recognized this. In his youth he confided to the only boyhood friend he had that nothing had ever pleased him as much as his father’s change of names. He told August Kubizek that the name Schicklgruger “seemed to him so uncouth, so boorish, apart from being so clumsy and unpractical. He found ‘Hiedler’ … to soft; but ‘Hitler’ sounded nice and was easy to remember.”
    (August Kubizek, The Young Hitler I Knew, p.40.)

     


     
    #makedonalddrumpfagain
    #insecuritiesmatter

    donaldjdrumpf.com

     

     
    • nonsmokingladybug 4:21 pm on January 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am in love with John Oliver, luckily so is my husband :-)

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    • Alli Farkas 1:21 pm on January 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Just finished reading the entire 1500-something pages of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich a few days ago. For the second time. I first read it probably 40 years ago and the current political situation suggested a revisit would be appropriate. It’s obviously an extremely long read, but it’s so fascinating that you’re almost afraid to put it down between sessions. Distressing to see how easily a democracy can fall, to what depths it can fall, and how difficult to rescue it once it’s gone.

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:51 pm on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Wow – for the second time. Quite admirable. I will consider it a victory if I can get through it just once; though I am impressed at how easy and engrossing the book is to read, despite its intimidating girth.

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        • Alli Farkas 7:12 pm on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Just keeping track of all the characters is a feat unto itself. I don’t think Shirer ever explained how General Halder escaped death and lived to be interviewed by the author but if you come across the answer let me know. At the end of the war he was in a concentration camp–most of the other generals Hitler had determined to be traitors had already been executed.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:57 am on January 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , humor, Life Accordian to Trump, , , , spoofs, ,   

    Life Accordian To Our Autocrat-elect 


     

    #laughingasitallburnsdown
    #whysodummurica

     

     
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