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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dori Monson: “Probably a union worker who can’t be fired”

Rightwing talk radio host Dori Monson is the hands-down winner of this week's Shoot-Your-Mouth-Off-First-and-Ask-Questions Later award.

His bass-ackwards on-the-air comment was in regard to the well-publicized anecdote about an Alaska Airlines baggage handler who fell asleep in the cargo bay, woke up in a panic after the plane had taken off and started screaming for help.

Again, Dori Monson's on-air comment was “Probably a union worker who can’t be fired.”

Here are some of the facts that Wrong Way Corrigan got backwards:

The baggage handler was NOT a union member.  He was employed by a non-union subcontractor based in the U.K.

Ten years ago, Alaska Airlines fired all 472 of its union baggage handlers.  The motive, of course, was the vast increase in profits to be made by the airline by replacing those lazy union parasites with harder-working low-wage non-union workers; such as the stellar example mentioned above.

Oh, and the snoozing baggage handler DID get fired by Alaska Airlines.

Just wanted to set the record straight.


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

FX renews The Americans for a Fourth Season


YAAAYYY!!!


The Americans WILL be back next year for at least one more season.  (The Season 3 finale will be next Wednesday at 10 p.m.)  The show has averaged about one million viewers per episode this season.  I was sure it would get the axe because of the rock-bottom ratings.

Nick Grad, president of original programming for FX Networks, said:

“Remarkably, this season of ‘The Americans’ has achieved even greater acclaim than that of its first two seasons.  The series has cemented its status with critics as television’s best current drama and arguably the best show on TV, and we couldn’t agree more.”

Ditto.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eighth Grade Test from 1912: Could YOU pass it?

Either America has turned into a bone-stupid nation, and/or our ancestors from the early 1900s were incredibly intelligent and well-educated:



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Sunday, April 12, 2015

How to Control an Out-Of-Control Police Department



041015 21st Century Policing

Thursday, April 09, 2015

U.S. Navy: Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range (formerly known as Olympic National Park)

The Navy wants to vastly expand its Electronic Warfare testing range to include Olympic National Park, among other unspoiled wilderness areas in western Washington.  The Navy has already been conducting similar tests in a remote region of Idaho, but for reasons that keep changing with every public statement they make, they now want to move — and exponentially expand — this operation to Olympic National Park.

The Navy has been trying to keep everything hush hush; this scheme has been in the works for awhile now.  Every time a bit more information leaks out, a Navy spokesperson will recite a few soothing doublespeak “there there now” talking points to calm the masses.  A groundswell of public alarm is slowly building, but it's been a slow process.

The deafening noise of low-flying jets — hundreds a day — would create deadly hazards to birds, bats and marine wildlife, not to mention the millions of tourists who would stop visiting Olympic National Park and other wilderness areas.  And there are countless horror stories of what the electronic testing in the park could do to people and wildlife.  A lot more research is needed.  The truth is probably somewhere between the worst of the horror stories and the Navy's dismissive “sheesh, you have a microwave in your kitchen, right?  Same thing.  Don't be such a pussy” talking points.

After attending a local meeting last night, my attitude has gone from “hmmm, that sucks” to “Holy Shit!  WTF are we gonna do?!?!?!”

I'll probably be doing a lot more posts on this subject as I learn more; i.e. as the Navy scrambles into Damage Control mode every time another bit of information leaks out.  I'll try not to bore the beejesus out of my readers (both of you) by obsessing over the same subject, but this is dire.


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Monday, April 06, 2015

Indiana: It Gets Worse

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is even more of a Bible-humping redneck than you thought.  While taking a Libertarian hands-off position on civil rights enforcement, Governor Inbred wants to increase the prison sentences for minor drug offenses.

In a completely unrelated coincidence, the GEO Group (based in Florida), one of the country's largest private prisons, has made huge campaign contributions to Mike Pence and other Indiana conservatives. GEO Group needs more, uh, clients (i.e. prisoners) to fill their prisons and ensure even greater profits.  And the way to achieve this is:

“Tougher marijuana possession and dealing penalties could be added to a proposed overhaul of Indiana's criminal sentencing laws by legislators after Gov. Mike Pence questioned whether the plan was strict enough on low-level drug offenders.  One proposed change expected to be voted on Thursday would make possession of between about one-third of an ounce and 10 pounds of marijuana the lowest-level felony rather than the highest-level misdemeanor.”  [from the linked article]

Yup, just another example of that good old free enterprise and limited government that conservatives love to talk about.

After Mike Pence has (finally) finished sucking off the lobbyists from GEO Group, maybe local businesses will invoke their newfound religious freedom by refusing to serve him.


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Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Last Supper 2.0



Political cartoon U.S. Religious Freedom

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Warning: Rhino Horns are POISON. Do NOT ingest for Medicinal Purposes

YES!!!

There are only about 25,000 rhinos left in the world.  Their population is shrinking, while the demand for rhino horns — for alleged medicinal properties — is increasing.

It's the insatiable demand that makes rhino poaching so lucrative, even though poachers are often executed on sight when they're caught.  (It's too quick, but I digress...)

The Rhino Rescue Project has come up with a solution:  injecting each rhino — after tranquilizing, of course — with ectoparasiticide.  Eectoparasiticide is harmless to the rhino, but toxic to humans — causing nausea, vomiting and damage to the nervous system.  Good.  Suffer, you C#$%S&%$in' M#!%&$F#!$er!!!

The Rhino Rescue Project's founder, Lorinda Hern, said:

“The users of rhino horn do not care about killing the animal or the death of rangers and poachers in Africa.  The only way to stop them from consuming horn is to trigger health anxiety—the fear of ingesting contaminated horn.”

So far this program has had the most success in two small reserves near Mozambique.  Numerous signs are posted, informing poachers of the horn-poisoning, and hence the poachers would be killing rhinos and risking their own lives for nothing.

The much larger Kruger National Park in South Africa has not taken this approach.  Yet.  (One can hope.)  A park spokesperson said:

“This strategy will never help in quelling rhino poaching in the park because we have so many rhino such that we can't even manage to capture them.  But I do think it will be a good thing for the individuals who own few rhinos.”

It's a start.  Rome wasn't built in a day.  We wouldn't have the Ferrari if it weren't for the Model A.


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Obama More of a Threat than Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad

Meaner and crazier than Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, more dangerous than Vladimir Putin — it's Barack Hussein Obama!!!

Yes it's getting worse.  Every time you think Republicans couldn't possibly get any more dimwitted and paranoid — they do.  A Reuters/Ipsos poll presented a list of countries, organizations and individuals, and asked respondents how much of a threat each one posed to the United States.  It was on a scale of 1 to 5; 1 being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat.

Among Republicans taking the survey:  34% gave President Obama a 5 — imminent threat; 25% rated Vladimir Putin as an imminent threat; and 23% thought Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was an imminent threat.

WTF???  You can't make this shit up.

It's a nuclear bomb...it's a Muslim terrorist attack...it's SOCIALIZED MEDICINE!!!

[sigh]


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Who is Congress' Busiest Skankiest Prostitute? Mike Pompeo

Hands down.  Mike Pompeo is so far ahead of the rest of the harem, it doesn't even matter who comes in second.  It might even be halfway defensible for Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) to be the Koch Brothers' favorite boy toy, since Koch Industries is headquartered in Wichita.  But why Monsanto (headquartered in St. Louis)?

Spreading his legs for Monsanto AND the Koch Brothers?  Mike Pompeo is one busy little beaver.

Mike Pompeo has introduced H.R. 4432, euphemistically named the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. H.R. 4432 would prohibit any state from passing a law that requires GMO products to be labeled.  And needless to say, H.R. 4432 would invalidate the already-existing GMO labeling laws that several states have already passed.

H.R. 4432 is more accurately called the Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act, aka the DARK Act.

It must be a tough choice for a prostitute/legislator:  Honor the 90% of Americans who want GMO products to be labeled, or keep giving endless blowjobs to Monsanto and the Koch Brothers.


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