Category Archives: Execution

Just Use The Standard Talk Show Thought Process

Everybody keeps telling me how horrible 2016 was. Celebrity deaths, violence, the cancellation of The Jim Gaffigan Show. I get it, it was a bad year.

It’s hard for me to think in those terms. In January, I couldn’t walk without horrible pain. In February I went to Seattle for my Uncle’s funeral. While there it was clear that I could hardly stand up, let lone walk for more than a minute without swelling and the most intense pain I have ever had. I say that as a man who has gone through a shattered hand, three bouts of kidney stones and an infected pilonidal cyst (trust me, do not Google that). By the end of February the pain was – up to that moment – the worst I have ever had, and had essentially crippled me. Read the rest of this entry


The #Calexit Mordancy

cw7oprhxgaaojdnThe irony of the whole #Calexit movement is that the people advocating for it seem to think that because they are “not represented” they should be able to go their own way. They never, ever, ever think about the reality of California and just why there has been a “State of Jefferson” movement for the last seventy-five years.

Think about this for a minute or two. The #Calexit people are upset because the proportional representation system did not reward them and they believe that they are now “unrepresented.” These are the same people who have pushed “one man one vote,” which eviscerated political representation from areas like the Central Valley and the northern counties. In other words, the same people who celebrate their own dominance of the political system and gleefully refer to their opponents as “irrelevant,” now can’t handle it when the shoe is on the other foot (as it is always apt to be). Instead of manning up and dealing with it, they cry “unfair,” and “we’re taking our ball and leaving.”

If we were to scenario rosily and presume an “independent” California, based on the political leanings and beliefs of those advocating for such an action, how likely do you think that it would be that small businesses, the very lifeblood of an economy, would survive in Independent California? Remember that from 2008-2014 there were an estimated 9000 “divestments” – that is businesses leaving  the State – most of which were small businesses because of the harsh business climate. Is that climate likely to improve or get worse under the proposed #Calexit scenario? Read the rest of this entry

Whew! The Football Team is Safe!

I have a very busy day ahead of me, so let me jot down a few thoughts for you before I head out the door and into what I hope is my future. Wish me luck!

Yesterday’s attack at The Ohio State University has the entire world of pundits a twitter. It was almost funny yesterday waiting for the confirmation of the attackers identification, which most on the left hoped would be John Taylor Smith but turned out to be Abdul Razak Ali Artan. As many suspected, he is from a PLRI country and is, of course, a Muslim. In fact, when interviewed by The Lantern, the official student newspaper of The Ohio State University, he explained:

Mr. Ali Artan sits "pensively" on the OSU Campus (The Lantern)

Mr. Ali Artan sits “pensively” on the OSU Campus (The Lantern)

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.” – The Lantern, August 25, 2016, Pg 5

As Mr. Ali Artan is now taking an eternal dirt nap, we cannot really ask him today if part of the “media’s perception” of Muslims is due – at least in part – to actions taken by individual Muslims such as himself?

I realize that we do not (as of this writing) know Mr. Ali Artan’s specific motives in the attack, but since I don’t believe in coincidence and since ISIL has called for individual Muslims to make attacks such as this and since Mr. Ali Artan clearly had an issue with how he and other Muslims are “perceived,” one is left to connect a few dots and come up with probabilities. Is it possible that he accidentally pulled the Fire Alarm and then unintentionally ran over evacuating students and then in a fluke of nature attacked them with a butcher knife? Sure… it’s possible. But is it probable? Read the rest of this entry

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