Last Week Tonight: Mike Pence

In this edition of “Last Week Tonight,” John shines the spotlight on Vice President Mike Pence. The Drumpf is bad enough. Pence is almost worse, but that’s like comparing dying in a fire to dying in a building collapse.

His pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, just signed a book deal. That shows that hard work has nothing to do with publishing a book. It’s all about who you know and who is willing to do the P. R. for you. The amount of remedial reading saturating the market proves it.

On a side note, Mike Pence must have done an online course on evading and avoiding questions, which seems to have been attended by a few bloggers out there. Just sayin’.


Full Frontal Thursday: Law & Disorder?

In this installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Sam talks about the firing of Rex Tillerson and how his replacement, Mike Pompeo, isn’t going to be any more effective than good ol’ Rexy-boy.

She also talks about Cy Vance, a Manhattan-based prosecutor with a mixed-grade report card, and points out the facts that prosecutors can essentially do whatever the fuck they want because it’s technically “legal.”

Talkin’ Sports: Football & Baseball

Amazing. Two major stories in Seattle sports occurred over the past couple of days and I’m still digesting them.

In football news, the legendary, animated, personable and talented cornerback Richard Sherman was unexpectedly released from my home team, the Seattle Seahawks. Not long afterwards, the announcement was made that Michael Bennett would be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. I am not the only “Number 12” who is surprised and dismayed over the announcement. No real reason has been given yet so we’ll see what excuse is made by management, if any.

* UPDATED Monday, 12 March *
I was reminded of the fact that Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett were two of the most outspoken members of the Seahawks. They weren’t shy about their support of Colin Kaepernick and his silent protest, and the criticism they have received from the knee-jerk reactionaries has been mind-numbingly racist, to say the least.

On a far better note, legendary and talented outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is making a triumphant return to the Seattle Mariners, the team – and city – which welcomed him with open arms when he was brought over from Japan. If nothing else, please read the article in the link. It is very deep and quite poignant; an interesting insight to a fascinating, enigmatic man.

Full Frontal Thursday: The Cult of the NRA

In this installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Sam gets some anti-gun hysteria out of her system and then makes sense about how people conflate hatred and racism with mental illness.

I’m a current gun owner and a former member of the NRA. I’ve stated in past posts that the NRA is an erstwhile cult; those posts were overlooked for whatever reason. This topic is something that I’m very familiar with, and have personal experience dealing with.

It’s a shame that people seem to be more interested in getting half-assed information from those who can’t tell the difference between their rectal orifices and a crater. Armchair “warriors” flaming on others in chatrooms, on message boards, and in the comment sections of any social media outlet.


Midweek Musings: International Women’s Day (Re-blogged)

International Women’s Day is on a Thursday this year. I decided to post my “Midweek Musings” from last year about this day.


Eyrie Of An Aries

Today is International Women’s Day, and March is Women’s History Month. What, if anything, do these observances mean to myself and other women around the world? It depends on who you ask, where that person resides, and what their perspectives and experiences are. When I talk with others, I look for common ground and relatable experiences to initiate dialogue. Then, if I find a difference in personal experiences between myself and another, I ask questions in an attempt to learn about and understand that person’s unique experiences. The funny thing about this is, even the most basic questions that I ask of others never really get answered! This makes it difficult to know where another person is coming from, and makes it virtually impossible to meet them halfway with anything.

These hiccups in communication mostly occur in online interactions, especially when there are differences in language and culture…

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Drunk History Lessons

Here are a few short, “Drunk History” lessons. I love that show.

Fixated Fetishists

I’ve been to med school. I started out with biology and then moved into psychology. The reasons why I don’t have a practice are talked about in my autobiography.

Abnormal psychology was an interesting study, especially when it delved into psychosexual fetishes. Running my own dungeon allowed me to study those on an up-close, personal level.

The fixations that some have ranged from tame to ludicrous to outright bizarre. One of the stranger fixations has to do with hair colour. I’ve noticed people being obsessive about that for most of my life.

“Gentlemen prefer blondes.” “Blondes have more fun.” “Brunettes are sexy and smart.” “Beware of the raven-haired.” “Don’t be so bold with yer dark hair and yer proud ways!” Many such sayings attach hair colour to personality.

I’ve dyed my hair in the past, but never a hue that looked unnatural. I would look silly as a blonde, for example, unless it was that platinum-silvery hue unique to Ororo. A well-made and well-styled wig would be sufficient in that regard, if I ever did an X-Men themed cosplay.

My personal preference has always been for dark-haired men. Only dated one blonde guy, and he was a piece of work. I’ve dated more baldies than blondies, if I think about it. Some red-haired guys look great, but only after the age of 21 or so.

That being said, people who obsess over such shallow nonsense are beyond boring. There’s far more to a person than the length or colour of their hair, especially since both can be faked. Anything and everything about one’s appearance can be altered.

The only thing those types of people can’t change is how ugly they really are underneath the dye, Botox, injections and implants. Then again, the people they attract aren’t concerned with real people with real personalities.

A fetish is merely an object, after all.


Last Week Tonight: NRA-TV

In this edition of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver educates us on a little-known internet channel called “NRA Television.” I’d only heard about it over the past couple of days.

I used to be a member of the National Rifle Association. I had a 3-year membership 20 years ago. Propaganda delivered to my mailbox on a weekly basis. I had a three-inch stack of their ridiculous bumper-stickers by the time I quit, which I donated to the local Army National Guard office.

This bears repeating: The NRA is not a gun-rights organization, looking out for the interests of gun owners in America. Colion Noir, their token Black representative, should really take a closer look at the history of the NRA. He won’t because they pay him too well. Paid shills tend to ignore the obvious facts, much like Omarosa did.

Friday Fun: Undeniable Facts (Re-blogged)

This post warranted a re-blog while I work on some future ones.

Eyrie Of An Aries

Instead of the usual “Five on Friday” post, I wanted to publish a few thought-provoking quotes inspired by casual observations about personal interactions. It would be nice if they evoked genuine conversation.

I’m not holding my breath.


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Test #2 Completed

I completed another test the other day. Data has been compiled and is being compared.

My suspicions have been confirmed, but one more test will be conducted solely for shits and giggles.

As if there was any doubt in the first place.

Again, no surprise. Predictable, per usual.

It is to laugh.


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