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Build the damn wall. It’ll be cheaper.

Build the damn wall. It’ll be cheaper.

That whiney, incessant wind-tunnel sound you are still hearing after a full year is actually escaped expletives from the Democratic echo chamber as they continue to try to convince us Plebs that $4.1 billion is too much for border security. Keep in mind, these are the same folks that rallied around Obama when he spent $2 million EACH to train “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight against ISIS. That program was so successful that it was shut down after training 145 of ‘em, and only 95 who actually went back to Syria. …and ISIS was doing still just fine when Bummer left office, thank you. (Where did the rest of the trainees go, and how much is that costing us?) But I digress…

God forbid a businessman with experience in construction should be in charge of a construction project — not when soft, government teat-sucking hypocrites know so much more than the rest of us idjuts.

Of course, this (and RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA) is the focus while the Dems sit for the flag, boo jobs for their constituents, harass and rape each other endlessly, and spit on murder victims because they are too white to count toward their agenda. It’s all about priorities, folks.

So, in honor of their concerns, let’s take a look 10 projects that our government felt we SHOULD pay for instead. Keep in mind; this is just a tiny taste. Ha. (You’ll get the funny when you read #6)

 

(1) Troubled, my assets

TARP cost us taxpayers $700 billion — to start. The total so far is $12.8 TRILLION, and climbing. They aren’t being watched with our money, and they have not fixed the problems that caused this mess in the first place (just search for Wells Fargo on any given news day to see the fine, upstanding citizens our stolen monies are going to assist). I guess that’s why it takes my paychecks 5-7 business days to go into my account, but my power bill 5-7 minutes to come out.

 

(2) Define what “is” is

We…no, our “representative government” wastes $123 billion ANNUALLY on programs that fail to impact the populations they serve. Fail. To. Impact. What the hell are they doing? Honestly?

 

Oh, and add to that $25 billion ANNUALLY to maintain vacant federal properties. Those really, really affect no one except us taxpayers. Nice. How about we just move the immigrants into these vacant sites and lock the doors? No, that’s just mean. Ooooh, better… we could house ALL OF OUR OWN HOMELESS VETERENS. That would be a program that impacts the population we should be serving. Too logical? Sorry…not sorry.

 

(3) Instead of a wall, we could just stack dead F-35s

$406.5 billion of our tax dollars later and we still don’t have a neato fighting jet. What’s worse, if they do actually ever get built, it will cost more than $1 trillion just to maintain them. IF they ever get built.

 

(4) Because Detroit is such a fine place to raise your kids

It irks me when folks who think our country is a democracy (it’s not) whine about the issues caused by having capitalism (we don’t). Here is another fine example of the difference between capitalism and corporatism: the recorded $11.2 billion loss in the GM bailout. I guess it wasn’t too big to fail, after all.

Don’t worry, the company itself is showing profits. We just don’t get to benefit from them in any way. I mean, did YOU get a free truck or any of your money back last year?

 

(5) Parking garage — 16 years, $120 million…and counting…

Here in Las Vegas, I have seen entire casinos (and their new parking-fee monitoring systems) go up in mere weeks. But the Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center in Silver Spring, M.D. is still under construction, and with no end in sight. It’s a freaking parking garage! Oh, and Pulte Home Corp. is now suing the government for $165 million, plus legal costs, for the delay.

 

(6) I’d rather eat Moon Pies

The US government is currently shelling out $1 million PER YEAR for taste-testers of what they call the “Mars Menu” — you know, for that expedition that has not happened and will not happen for at least another 20 years? The purpose of the taste-tests is to ensure that the folks on the Mars mission (that isn’t happening, remember) won’t face “food monotony.” Boy that would suck, since so many of us taxpayers spent all eight Obama years subsisting on Top Ramen while wishing we could afford healthcare to cure our severe depression and malnutrition-induced obesity. Well, nothing is too good for astronauts that have not been born yet.

 

(7) IRS still can’t figure itself out

Rather than update their software each year, the IRS is spending $83 million to transfer 140 million taxpayers’ data from a program built in the 1960s. Hey, IRS — you know we enter all of that info every year ourselves, right? Rather than pay nearly $1 each to transfer each person’s data, why don’t you just have it go to the right place the first time — for free?

Oh, and keep in mind that this is the SECOND failed attempt. The first one cost us $37 million over budget (not sure what the budget was) to not get it done that time, either.

 

(8) Special favors for the second-best cola

In another prime example of corporatism vs. capitalism, Pepsi extorted $1.3+ million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce to build a new aquifer-direct water supply system, a new road leading to their plant, and to improve the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Parks’ wastewater capacity. You know, since they are so poor they need extra help from us, the taxpayers, to ensure their solvency.

 

(9) WoW subscriptions only cost $15/month

Aren’t you glad that $1.2 million from a National Science Foundation grant went to study seniors playing video games? Me either. What makes it oh-so-rich is that the findings were inconclusive, at best. While much controversy swirled around whether they actually played WoW, in particular, I propose that it doesn’t matter. I have never been paid to play Cookie Cats.

 

(10) Criminy – Chuck E. Cheese beat you to it, and theirs were cooler!

The Department of Defense — yep, the guys that SHOULD be building a damn wall — spent $2 million to pay musicians and researchers to develop music computers that can hook up to robots. No, really. The video is cool, but not on my dime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

 

Vacant properties – http://www.businessinsider.com/50-suggested-budget-cuts-for-the-us-government-2010-6#washington-spends-25-billion-annually-maintaining-unused-or-vacant-federal-properties-1

GM bailout – https://www.sigtarp.gov/Quarterly%20Reports/April_30_2014_Report_to_Congress.pdf

F-35 – https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a27332/f-35-rising-cost/

IRS – http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/11/26/IRS-s-One-IT-Success-Story-Failing

Mars Menu – http://www.kitchen.menu4mars.net/

Silver Spring Transit Center – https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/legal-costs-mounting-in-silver-spring-transit-center-litigation/2016/11/23/42f290da-b01c-11e6-8616-52b15787add0_story.html?utm_term=.64559ad30f04

Video Game Study – https://www.factcheck.org/2013/02/paying-people-to-play-video-games/

Sh!tHole!

Sh!tHole!

Catching up

Jim

It was Jim’s birthday on Thursday, and we used it as an excuse to celebrate all week. Started with buying a new phone, then dinner and drinks on his birthday, again on Saturday with Proof and his wife, and then meeting up with Washington friends today at the same place we went to on his birthday. Also got new Levis and athletic shoes-spoiled little man!

Mélanie

She’s giving a program on storytelling this weekend (see the schedule on HopeSpeaking.com for details), and then doing a webinar on leadership for introverts the following Tuesday. She also performed emergency veterinary surgery on our co-host Dog Abby. Abby is healing nicely. She and Jim also did a film shoot, playing a homeless couple.

 

Good news

Stylish prosthetics for kids — not just prosthetic but bionic! A young woman catches a baseball with her new bionic arm. Pretty darned cool!

A Baltimore City Councilwoman was Car jacked — and then advocated for the perpetrators. You won’t believe what happened next.

Dog Abby

Do you put people on a pedestal…and then covet what they have? Read Abby’s answer here.

 

Hard Hitting News

We continue with the media’s 24-hour obsession with-er, we mean coverage of- Sh!thole Gate, featuring news anchor Leslie Freaker.

 

 

 

 

Lead-in music by Purple Planet

Collusion Projection

I was beyond hurt when my first husband accused me of cheating. Not only had I never done it, I had never even THOUGHT about doing it. He insisted, he swore, he tore into me every chance he got. He called me horrific names. He threw things at me. He threatened me. No amount of pleading or telling him the truth would satiate him. He took everything I did — from having a job (even though I was the one who paid ALL the bills, since he never worked) to going to church — as a personal insult. He hurt me. He kicked me out.

I. Did. Nothing. Wrong.

While homeless with a broken leg and pneumonia, and after he filed a restraining order against me, I learned that he also had moved in his mistress. So, it was not me who cheated. It was him all along. He is also the one who filed for divorce while I was in the hospital. I found out in the local paper, since he could not be bothered to tell me. Yet, he told everyone I was the “vicious” one.

I’ve seen this in countless scenarios, and now that I am more familiar with the concepts of gaslighting and projecting, I understand that the more someone accuses an innocent person of doing something heinous, the more likely the accuser is actually the offender doing that very thing.

You know, kinda like vociferous homophobes who are secretly gay? Yeah, that.

So I’m just going to say it: RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA!

Was there collusion? Oh, yes! And it wasn’t Trump.

Was there sexual harassment and/or rape? Oh, yes! And it wasn’t Trump.

Did some entity infiltrate the 2016 presidential campaign? Oh, yes! And it wasn’t Trump.

Was there rampant (and blatant) racism? Oh, yes! And it wasn’t Trump.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

~Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

I could go on and on and on…and that’s just politics. I’m not even getting started on Hollywood and the payoffs and the “victims” who allowed, condoned, and perpetuated the Weinstein et al rape culture. Oh, wait — Barack Obama, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, both Clintons, the DNC…I guess that IS politics, after all.

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has received $14,200 from Weinstein since the early 2000’s; Cory Booker (D., NJ) has taken $7,800; Kirsten Gillibrand (D., NY) was given $11,800; Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) $5,600; Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn. ) $5,400; Al Franken (D., Minn.) $10,000; Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) $5,000 ; Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) $1,000; Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I. ) $1,000; and Martin Heinrich (D., NM), who has received $5,400 from Weinstein just this year.

Weinstein has contributed six-figure sums to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Weinstein has given more than $100,000 to the DNC while tens of thousands of dollars have gone to the DSCC.

red maga hat

Now, you may be reading this and thinking that I’m a MAGA-hat wearing rapid Trump supporter. Not really. I am a TRUTH supporter, and this guy is not getting a fair shake from these deflectors. I wish he would just shut up on Twitter, honestly. He does not have to defend himself (I know from experience that — especially if you are innocent — it only makes things worse). They are burying themselves. Just pop some corn, sit back, and watch the carnage. Shhh…they’ll all be locked away soon…

The louder the accusers, the more these people are coming out as offenders themselves. The only difference is they only have accusations against Trump, while there is mountains of ACTUAL PROOF against this basket of deplorables.

The murder of Cinna

The murder of Cinna

In his play, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare writes of Cinna, a gentle poet who loses his life to an angry mob as part of the revolt against Caesar. This story is based on historical fact, as Cinna the conspirator and Cinna the poet were indeed mistaken due to their similar names in 44 B.C. and the poet was murdered simply for his surname.

Ah, the Bard. He knew so much about what was about to come, or perhaps we are simply living up to his low expectations?

Well, it’s happened to me, so I kinda get this poor Cinna fella. I’ve been labelled a racist, a right-wing nut, a member of the KKK, and later even a Nazi. Yep. Little ol’ red-haired, married to a Jew, performs gay weddings ME is now a white-robe wearing Nazi. Know why?

My first name is similar to that of the FLOTUS.

I guess that is all it takes these days.

Let’s never mind that not a single one of these things is true about either the president OR his wife. Witch-hunts abound in this emotionally (though not factually) charged political climate. People troll Facebook so that they can post on OTHER PEOPLE’s feeds (uninvited) and bully anyone who doesn’t either agree with them or shut down in response to their temper-tantrums. This happens to me literally on a daily basis simply because I like to double-check things and look up the actual facts before I decide on something. Even just asking a question has lost me “friends.” Good riddance. I seek friends who are intelligent and grounded — they don’t have to agree with me, as I love a good challenge — they simply have to be…well…not insane.

I’m in good company, though, since every public figure in modern history since the Führer himself has been called Hitler. Literally. Anyone who disagrees with someone else is “literally Hitler.” Trump is “literally Hitler.” Alex Jones is “literally Hitler.” Everyone who voted for Trump is “literally Hitler.”

This particular exchange was so ridiculous that I can’t help but share. She began by calling everyone on a friend’s post a bunch of names…you know, so they would carefully consider her viewpoint. Then, when most ignored her for that, she let loose on the prez in her decidedly intellectual fashion.

When someone asked why she was so upset, she declared war on them. There were no names slung at this point by anyone other than her. I tried not to, God help me, but she was just so…erk! How can you say that WE are racist when YOU are the one who calls the former president monkey-eared? You say that they had class, but would you know what class was if it bit you on your own ear? Yikes.

Of course, being the intellectual she is, she quickly does a fact-check…

She then goes on to stalk me by IM. She was not smart enough to figure out how to attach whatever it was she was ranting about.

Then she pops up on my own site – even my stir-fry is eeeeeevil.

As you can see, Trump Derangement Syndrome is real. It’s perverse, intellectually lazy, and dangerous. Just like another mental ailment, folks who suffer from TDS hear voices in their head (such as CNN, Huff Post, and other propaganda machines) and BELIEVE they are real and what they have to say makes sense. Scary. Then they act out on the insanity that is floating around in their muddled brains and act as if anyone who questions them and their fantasy world — even just to compare it to reality — is crazy.

The unfortunate Cinna becomes a victim just because he has the same name as one of the conspirators. He is desperate to prove that he is not one of them, but his pleas fall on deaf ears. The crowd is driven not by reason, but by rage. Sound familiar?

How long before TDS causes these folks to start stabbing innocents due to their blinding rage? Oh, wait, that’s already happening.

One year later, still acting stupid.

One year later, still acting stupid.

I only collected these memes, I did not create any of them. -M

11/13/2016

This a protest to anti-(whatever) marginalizing the atrocities of murdering six million human beings. Stop using one of the most heinous and painful less-than-human world experiences as a meme for your pissy-pants disagreements. It’s overdone and insulting, not to mention insensitive.

Please read “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and STOP insulting us and every survivor already. You won’t be heard because everyone is doing it for everything. It is becoming noise, and that is disgusting. History WILL repeat itself if it is relegated to a cartoon.

Be honest. Are each one of these examples truly the murderers of millions? Really?

If you disagree — groovy. Be logical and adult about it. I can handle it, and anyone fit to vote should be able to, also. You will NEVER change hearts or minds by being ridiculous, judgmental, sales-ey, silly, or crass. Really.

No. Really.

If anything, this last election should prove it.

I posted this on Nov. 13, 2016. Sadly, the people I was speaking to didn’t “get” it. They still don’t. Instead, they called me an apologist. A freaking Nazi apologist! Fuck that, and fuck them. They are the ones who made the Holocaust a damn meme. They are the ones spewing hate, lies, and names to the point that anything they say is met with just an eyeroll.

Back then, I did not know who/what Antifa was. I do now. I’m calling them out. You’re nothing but fascist, racist, hateful, violent thugs pretending to be relevant. You’re not.

You embrace Socialism — you know, that ideology that KILLED >TEN TIMES MORE INNOCENT PEOPLE THAN NAZIS! Oh, wait, silly me — Nazis actually are Socialists, too…but I digress…

This is your great utopia? This is what you want to do to the world?

Trump isn’t a Nazi. He’s not Socialist, either. He’s not your problem — YOU are. Who got him elected? It wasn’t Russia, racists, or the boogeyman. Look in the mirror, booby. Stop with the “REEEEEE!” already. How about you all do something CONSTRUCTIVE for a freaking change — like ENDING ACTUAL SLAVERY that is going on now. Quit whining about your first-world problems and bullying anyone who disagrees with you and be useful adults instead of petulant children.

It’s not a race thing. It’s a brain thing.

Heavy Breathing

Heavy Breathing

Catching up:

Community Theatre at the Eagles Lodge closed with a bang (sold out Saturday, close to it on Sunday). We attended the Toastmasters Division C Contest on Saturday morning, where Melanie was the featured speaker for an evaluation contest. and Jim was a judge. We sing the praises of Kevin Keifer, who won both the humorous AND evaluation contests for Division H! We also caught the movie THE FOREIGNER. We enjoyed it very much, especially the performances of Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, who were both acting against typecasting.

Melanie performed with the Las Vegas Improvisation Players and got to channel her inner Chewbacca. This conversation devolved into a critique of the Star Wars Holiday Special (verdict: horrific, not worth seeing – but here’s the link anyway) Wookie Porn, anyone?

Jim breathes heavily into his microphone. He is learning not to.

Good News:

Jim praises his days employers Telus International for Day of Giving and contributions to Route 91 victims. They also do a lot of rewarding for jobs well done.

Melanie praises Ellen DeGeneres for her monologue and show in the wake of the Route 91 tragedy. She is one of our favorite celebrities, for so many reasons.

Dog Abby: While the ‘rents are away… Transcript here.
 

 

 

 

Lead-in music by Purple Planet

On the Crazy Train

On the Crazy Train

I am not a Nazi.

Just making sure that’s out there – because pointing out the obvious seems to be mandatory for any public declarations these days. Do you know why I must state that? For stating the following: I am not a Communist.

See, the political climate has emboldened half-wits with positively no knowledge of history to honestly believe that you must be one or the other. This is insane.

Both are evil. Both have no place in the U.S. or any civilized society. Both lead to control and murder. And, yet… anyone who publicly states they are NOT pro-Antifa or did NOT vote for Hillary are immediately labelled as Nazis. Even if they are gay Jews or black themselves, they are somehow white supremacists. Welcome aboard the Crazy Train.

So, what we end up with are a bunch of brain-washed, violent racists who are fighting violence and racism by being violent and racist. Told you it was off the rails.

If you are against fascism, racism, government control, mass murder, and the quashing of personal freedoms – well, then, by definition you are against both of those ideologies. It is simple, frankly. Look it up if you are not familiar with the history.

Anyway, I gotta get back to my goose-stepping or flag waving or boot shining or whatever in the hell Nazis do. I have no clue…

By the way, I am amazed at how timely this old song’s lyrics are…

Lyrics to Crazy Train

Crazy, but that’s how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it’s not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate
Mental wounds not healing
Life’s a bitter shame
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

Let’s go!
I’ve listened to preachers
I’ve listened to fools
I’ve watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you live the role
Mental wounds still screaming
Driving me insane
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words
Yeah

 

And now for some…good news?

Let’s see here…I’m looking for some good news to report tonight. I’ll try Google.

This looks promising…

Looks good - good news!

Good news on ABC – NOT!

 

 

 

 

I guess I’ll click on it and see what great things are going on in the world.

This is good news?

Why are they all smiling? I’m very confused. Well..um…maybe if I scroll?

Maybe they are as confused by the term “good” as they are by the term “news.”

 

Bully for you, but not for me

Bully for you, but not for me

There is a despicable trend on the interwebs, one that you won’t see when talking to people in person. By talking, I mean actually TALKING, not the degenerative monologues we are seeing on main-stream media and on Facebook. This trend is the belief that s/he/it who shouts insults the loudest wins. Anyone who dares disagree with you magically becomes a Nazi, a racist, a homophobe, a fill-in-the-victim-of-the-week-aphobe-ist.

Name calling. Mature.

The thing that is really disgusting is that these people SAY they are against bullying, even as they use public shaming, baseless accusations, censorship, literal hate speech, and – yes – even violence to shut down anyone who even slightly disagrees. They get really frothy at the mouth if someone employs logic or science. They honestly believe that if a sensible person gives up and walks away from their intolerable screeching, they have “won” some sort of fight. They consider it a win even if they started a conflict where none existed before.

While it is comical to watch, it is dangerous to society. They are degrading decency and promoting violence all in the name of “tolerance.”

Quick reality check, folks, TOLERANCE means “the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.”

We, the open-minded, studious, RATIONAL population of the planet challenge the rest of you to live up to your own expectations.

The alt-text for the alt-?