Saturday, September 7, 2013

Kali- Destroyer of Worlds: a dystopian horror/scifi novel

Go support my new Kickstarter project–Kali- Destroyer of Worlds

A gamma ray burst starts civilization crumbling, and a twelve year old girl must embrace her inner darkness to survive.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Question for Potential Republican Voters

What if these guys don't know as much as they make out, and end up as clueless and inept at governing as Bush was?

Would it have been worth it to crash our economy so a few billionaires can have a lower tax rate?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Twisted Radicalism

Just recently someone near and dear to me called me a "twisted radical." Ever since then it has been eating at me, that label, and I thought I'd address it here.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized there's nothing twisted or radical about my beliefs, just their interpretation in the wider world and in the media. As a liberal progressive, I find this list to be pretty conclusive when it comes to my core beliefs, and I dare anyone to find the "twisted" or "radical" notions therein;
  • As the greatest nation on the the earth, I find it incredible we are the only industrialized nation without a national healthcare system. Twisted!

  • I'd like to take us back to Clinton-era tax rates, when we balanced the budget and everybody was rich as hell. Radical!

  • I don't think ANY group in America should be ostracized or deprived of rights, and at this time, that means the right to marry. Gay folks ought to have every liberty any non-gay folks have, and I can't see any rationale otherwise that still maintains the American sense of justice we all grew up with. Twisted! Radical!

  • Corporations are NOT people. The are faceless conglomerations of the hope of a lot of people to make money, not to go out and make a better nation/world. Investors rarely make the moral considerations of their dollars their top investment concern, whereas people regularly make moral choices that trump their potential for profit. One should be empowered, the other extricated from it's ruinous clutch on our national fortunes, and I leave it to my reader(s) to determine which group I'm referring do what. TWISTED!

  • Religion is pleasant, but should still, as our Founders maintained, be kept well away from politics. As Frank Herbert wrote;
    "When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movement becomes headlong - faster and faster and faster. they put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a bland rush until it's too late."

  • Finally, some way must be found to get this tide of money out of politics, Citizens United cannot stand the test of time.
PS: Didn't even get into the Right's war on women's issues.

I guess I am a twisted radical after all, so be it.

Monday, April 16, 2012

New Rule for 2012

Thinking of a new rule for talking politics this year--in order to even begin you MUST be able to name three news sources you read/watch daily, and none of them can be a 24 hour news station.

Proviso: CSPAN (or any of its spawn) = on the allowed list.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Conservatives Need to Face Facts

Here's a few facts that are irrefutable, and the sooner the conservative political movement in America understands them, the better;

1. Woman are people, too.  Trying to bar contraceptive coverage while still covering Viagra, and using moral grounds to do so, just makes your misogyny plain for all the rest of us to see.

2. Gay people are people, also, and should have every right heterosexuals enjoy.  Too many states have passed laws legalizing same sex marriage to go back now.  Any holdouts are exposing themselves similarly as bigots and close minded assholes.

3. Rich people have to pay their fair share.  We collectively create America; it was not endowed on us by rich folks, nor did it trickle down.  It was built with the blood and sweat of rich and poor alike, and thus belongs to all of us, privileged or not.  To think those with wealth should get out of societal commitments like appropriate taxation is ludicrous.

4. Dumb people need to stay out of intelligent debates.  Face it, the future is here.  The time for the snake worshippers and astrologer types is fading.  Leave it to those who care, and have the capacity and will to learn the facts, to work governing.  Trying to govern has left the American Right looking like the bunch of money-hungry, judgmental, fact-deprived hypocrites they all seem to truly be.

5. Religion may be a way of life, guiding force, and all encompassing cop out for you, but for some, it just looks like a convenient way to justify wagging your finger is someone else's face and telling them how to live.  Try to remember that reason rules the day, now, for most of the rest of us, not any one particular god.  Praying doesn't turn on the lights, split the atom, or help us find the Higgs boson, so I don't see how it's going to affect anything else outside of wishful thinking for those who truly believe.  I get the same effect from being relentlessly cheerful, without the added benefit of religious guilt over "sins."

(Ok that last one was less a fact for some--though not for me--but still irrefutable, at least in the sense that supernatural powers have not been shown to have any effect on human endeavors.  Religions should stick to the realm of compassion and leave public policy to government, which is, for the most part, inclusive, as the average religious text was not a participatory document.)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

One More Rant

If you're the douche who spoofed my old blog, <finger>

If you're the guy who is still linked to me now, I just wanted to point out that a reverse DNS lookup is elementary for a developer, and lawyers abound.  Long story short, sniff around elsewhere, vulture.

That is all.

UPDATE: Worked once, my friend, won't work twice.  Who are you, my Moriarty?

Hey, Assholes

I was right.


I was watching the Right disembowel Newt on TPM when I heard a caller referenced there on CSPAN state that "Jesus wasn't a socialist."


Hint: Matthew Chapter 25, verses 42-45.  And that's from one of the most militant atheists you'll ever meet.

(I know their damned book better than they do, apparently.  Maybe I should start a new, revised version of Christianity, without the divine bullshit and concentrating on a life of service, following the ideas expressed by a possibly-fictional Christ.  More John Lennon, less Oral Roberts if you get me.)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bad Ass Blues

You can't touch this.  Classic Howlin' Wolf I just had to share


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Obama Recess Appoints Despite Lack of Recess

Ballsy, though the argument is made clear by the Senate's actions; by expecting supermajorities for everything and blocking routine government appointments (citing ideological problems with government itself) then holding bullshit pro-forma sessions with the explicit purpose of permanently depriving the President of a Consitutionally-endowed authority.  Via NY Times;
“The president has recess authority under the Constitution so he can continue to fulfill his constitutional function — which is to run the government — when the Senate is unavailable to fulfill its function,” Ms. Ruemmler said, “and it currently is unavailable despite the fact that it is in a ‘pro forma’ session’ for 30 seconds every three days.”
It never passed the smell test, to me, and since the Congress is essentially tied itself into fight-or-flight knots of bureaucratic tomfoolery to stop anything from happening, this kind of move is simply made likely by a completely hamstrung legislative branch.  Hopefully an aggressive Executive and a better-informed electorate can lead to an effort later to rebalance the scales.


Monday, January 2, 2012

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Things I Hate

For anyone listening;

1. Things on the internet that grab my mouse and/or slow it down.  Fuck that.

2. Deceptive development practices, like trying to funnel legitimate traffic by hiding the true path forward or obscuring it.  Like a 6 point font light-grey link in the footer.  WTF?

That's a start.  Will update as things piss me off.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Scifi Screenshot O' the Night

Another'n, and no bitching. I've been working my ass off lately.
If I have to pull this blog over, so help me god.  I mean it.

Atlantis, of course.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Scifi Screenshot O' the Day

More Daedulus space porn, I just can't help myself;

Sooner or later I will make it through Atlantis and move on to other fare. Until then, suck it up.

CORRECTION: The Apollo, thankyouverymuch.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The End of Private Insurers

The Obamacare "bomb" has gone off, unbeknownst to most of the public.

Here's the skinny, and why it is good for us as a nation (and from Forbes magazine, no less);
If you believe that the end of private, for-profit health insurance is some type of nefarious step towards a socialist society, then you might want to attend church this Sunday to mourn the loss of health insurers being able to worm out of covering the bills of a cancer patient because she forgot to write down on her application that she had skin acne for three months when she was a teenager.
Insurers must now pay 80% of their premiums into patient care by law, which will most likely lead to single-payer health care.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

Tom Hardy, on playing Bane in the new Batman movie (via Deadline);
It’s just about carnage with Bane. He’s a smashing machine. He’s a wrecking ball. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it’s nasty. Anything from small joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. It’s anything he can get away with. He is a terrorist in his mentality as well as brutal action. So he’s horrible. A really horrible piece of work.
Looking forward to this.

Scifi Screenshot of the Day

Guess this movie;

Here's a hint;

OK if you don't get this one then I am taking your honorary Vulcan ears away;

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Humans Are So Cool

We can do this;

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Medvedev Cites GOP for START Withdrawal Talk

Nice headline, eh?  Think I'm being hyperbolic?  Think again (h/t Political Animal);
Medvedev implied that the U.S. Congress was one of the primary obstacles in the negotiations, because some GOP senators are opposed to giving Russia any written assurances that could be seen as "limits" on U.S. missile defense and other GOP senators have called for the system to be directed at Russia.

"Rather than showing themselves willing to hear and understand our concerns over the European missile defense system at this stage, [U.S. officials] simply repeat that these plans are not directed against Russia and that there is no point for us to be concerned. That is the position of the executive authorities, but legislators in some countries openly state the whole system is against Russia," Medvedev said.
Congressional Republicans now suck so badly at governing that foreign nations are citing them as reasons to possibly withdraw from the new proposed START treaty.

First the debt, and now this. How much more can the "Tea Party" wave of GOP assholes fuck things up before we can all, as a nation, agree that they need to be kept at arm's reach from any real legislating?

UPDATE: I had to ask.