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Atomic Angst

Phones and TV’s all over Hawaii flashed the alarm, and pure panic ensued. There’s a HUGE problem with this, and it wasn’t whoever “accidently” pushed the button…

Now… on the one hand, this was clearly an “accident,” or a “mistake,” or a colossal foul up. But what about the reaction? For nearly 45 minutes, many people in Hawaii thought they were about to get nuked. And what did they do about it?

The world is full of hypocrisy. So it’s no surprise that it’s the organizations and institutions which are most loud about being anti-hypocritical that are, on the balance, usually the most hypocritical of all.

Whether it’s Hollywood pretending to have not known that Harvey Weinstein was a dirt bag, media experts on travel telling us that Hati and Mali aren’t giant holes full of excrement or political supporters of a given politician pretending that their guy or gal is borderline perfect, it’s amazing – if nauseating – to watch.

And as the Nation pauses to remember Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., we also watched as one of the most civil rights oriented organizations in the country completely ignored that legacy and its own rules in order to get what it wants.

Now watch as the supporters of that organizations make their excuses and rationalizations for what happened and how it “wasn’t”  a violation of their own rules and principles…

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case out of South Dakota regarding the collection of sales taxes on internet purchases. However you feel about the issue, it’s likely to be settled this summer, and most likely in favor of the States…


The Banality of Evil Redux

29C19BFC00000578-3129887-image-m-23_1434658941749The banality of evil means that it – evil – will always present itself as good, proper, and even legal. The root cause of such violence is hatred, but from whence does that hatred come? And how did a 21 year old boy in South Carolina come to learn about Rhodesia?

The Difference between last Sunday and this coming Sunday is that the White Supremacist Terrorists have won. At least for the moment. There remain, of course, people on both side of the racial divide who need that divide to remain open and ever larger.

The Mayor continues to lie about the proposed sales tax. It is a general revenue tax, with an icing of promises that will not and cannot be kept in the face of the pension tsunami.

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Angering the Gods

malaysia-naked-ele_3336782bIn Malaysia, a group of tourists, including one very hot 24 year old woman, climb a scared mountain. there, amid the beauty of the natural world and presumably the spirits that inhabit the sacred mountain, they took off their clothes and took pictures, which they then posted to social media. Hour later, an earthquake killed eighteen other climbers. Now four of the naked tourists – including the hottie – are under arrest for… wait for it…

JBL Bike To Work 4The Modesto City Council agrees to a special meeting to discuss the ballot language for Measure A, the increase in the Sales Tax of which 100% will go to the general fund to be spent any way the Council deems fit. The second Measure, named “B,” is to provide political cover when the people find out that IF Measure A is approved, the Council is going to spend the money any way they deem fit.

The passing of the great actor Christopher Lee has Dave thinking about his favorite moments of the man. Turns out, it involves a motorcycle and Native-American Drum circles. 

The Engert lawsuit against the County is allowed to move forward by a Judge who rules that it is possible that a jury could find the County negligent in the death on Glendon Engert.

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