Full Frontal Bonus: Sam’s Election Eve Special

In this special pre-election episode of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” Sam encourages all of her viewers to get out and vote.

Did you vote yet?

I did.

😎

Election Day

Vote.

Full Frontal: 17 October Edition

I completely missed Full Frontal with Samantha Bee last week, due to the baseball playoffs and hectic schedules of all sorts. Here it is. The regularly scheduled installment will post at its usual time tomorrow.

Full Frontal Thursday: New Set, Minority Rule, and Gamifying the Midterms

In today’s long-awaited installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Sam is back with a new set and an app that will reward people for voting.

She also addresses the overt racism of gerrymandering, the oldest trick in the handbook of voter disenfranchisement.

Last Week Tonight: Felony Disenfranchisement

In today’s installment of “Last Week Tonight,” John discusses how people with felony convictions have to struggle to get basic civil rights back. Some states allow non-violent felons to regain some of their civil rights, including the right to vote. Florida is not one of them.

A person with a felony conviction for rape or murder is in a far different class than a person who has a felony conviction for possession of, or distribution of, marijuana. Yet, a white murderer is given a slap on the wrist and a conveyer belt back to “proper” society, while a black drug dealer gets shoved in a hole for the rest of their lives.

No surprise there.

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Final Friday Mashup!

Well, here it is – the Final Friday for September! Today marks a New Moon in Libra, which also happens to be your astrological sign if you have a birthday today.

I have a few things percolating in my mind this morning, so I’ll just toss them out here so that I can clear it! I need fewer distractions in the upcoming weeks, as I plan on doing the NaNoWriMo thing this year – so I want to clear out the dust and cobwebs that are cluttering my poor brain!

Ah, the so-called ‘undecided’ voters…they make me laugh! Seriously, you expect me to believe that you’re still undecided about who to vote for? Yeah, right – hey, if you’re not going to vote, then that’s fine…just quit talking about it if you have no intention on doing so. Otherwise, get out there and vote for whomever you wish – just vote, damnit…VOTE! Bitch about shit the morning of 9 November. Until then, STFU. A lot of people are pretty freakin’ tired of hearing lame excuses on all sides!

Speaking of politics, though, I can safely say that I’m glad to live in Washington State. I’d be cringing in shame if I resided in Maine! Well, actually I wouldn’t, because I wouldn’t have voted for Paul LePage – so his moronic nonsense wouldn’t be my fault. I actually look at the voting records, background, and other pertinent information about politicians from multiple, LEGITIMATE sources…not tabloid bullshit or whacked-out conspiracy theories. A politician’s voting record is relatively easy to find.

Last thing: I registered to vote on my 18th birthday. However, I’ve been politically aware since the age of 10. The school I attended did many mock debates and elections from 5th grade on up, and encouraged us kids to pay attention to politics. Some people out there assume that I know nothing about politics, and have told me so…the non-reasons they gave are beyond laughable, to me!

Next, just a teeny-tiny criticism: people who have no “Like” buttons on their blogs. I fail to understand why they don’t seem to want their posts “Liked,” yet have a comment section which allows for comments to be “Liked.” There are at least five blogs that I follow that don’t have that little “Like” button…I wonder, why the hell not? Why don’t you want readers to “Like” your posts? Inquiring minds want to know, LOL!

Last, but certainly not least – today marks a fairly sad milestone. It has now been 900 days since the 276 girls were kidnapped, at gunpoint, from that school in Chibok, Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The lack of coverage about them is shameful, to say the least. Many people out there rail against abductions – but are mysteriously silent when queried about these specific girls.

900 days. Let that number sink in, if you will. 900 days. There are 1,095 days in three years; 1,096 if you count a Leap Year, so these girls have been away from their families and loved ones for nearly three years. I can’t imagine the grief and heartache involved in wondering, daily, where your child is. Imagining the worst, because you know what the abductors are capable of.

900 days.

#BringBackOurGirls

I’ll close with three songs – why? Because it’s Friday, that’s why! Enjoy the tunes…and have a great day and weekend, all.

😎

Thursday Thoughts…6 August 2015

I have a few random thoughts bouncing around in my head, so I figured that I’d spill them out on a post! I’m not so much perplexed as relaxed, though. I have the day to myself for a change, so it’s nice to be able to think my own thoughts, in peace, without them being burst like so many soap-bubbles. I can actually journal a bit, and draft some ideas for future posts.

I’m not fond of politics, but I don’t bury my head in the sand over them, either. I watch the debates from time to time – DVRed, of course – if only to hear the agendas of each candidate, regardless of what party they claim an affiliation with. I like to see and hear their own words as they say them, without the various spin of whichever ‘news’ outlet airs them later, with their own commentary added. I like to jot down notes and questions I would ask, if I were able to. Of course, I take politics in very small doses…I just want to be politically aware and informed. I always vote – period.

I’m working on a post for tomorrow. If I’m successful in figuring out my Twitch account, I might be posting a gaming scene or three. Otherwise, it will be a little bit about me. I seem to be ‘meeting’ new people every day, so I suppose I could post a couple of interesting and informative things about myself…if anyone is interested, that is.

For example, I have a number of houseplants that are very happy – they have thrived and gotten quite large since moving out of the city. One of them is a mystery to me, though…it seems to be a type of fern, but I have no idea what it’s called or what part of the world it is native to. Below is a picture of it; can anyone out there identify it? I would love to have a name for it! It’s the second one of this type I’ve had; the first one was a birthday present to me on my 10th birthday, from a friend of the family. I left it behind when I left home and didn’t think that I would find another like it, until a former co-worker gave it to me because she didn’t know how to take care of it, and it was dying. I’m glad that I was able to rescue it!

On a final note, I’ve been thinking of changing my avatar. It would be the first obvious change made since I began this blog in 2011, and I’m not one to stagnate – change is good, and a different avatar couldn’t hurt, I suppose. Just don’t expect me to use a personal picture!

What do you think? Hey – here’s a good time to do my first poll, ever!   😀

The poll will be up for a week – I’ll make my decision on Friday, 14 August, so everyone will have plenty of time to vote and weigh in! I’m also going to change my personal comment, as far too many people seem to be saying ” ’nuff said,” lately…so I need to have more of a personal quote, LOL

Credit: eyeonlifemag.com

 

Full Moon…Free-flowing Thoughts

The moon is exerting its pull on the tides…time for some random, free-flowing thoughts!     😀

Tomorrow is the first of October – I’m still amazed at how swiftly this year has flown by. It’s been busy and fun, for the most part – now it’s time to settle in for the winter. The weather here has been mild and nice, with no rain for a while…it’s been very pleasant! We’re heading to the coast in the next week to do some beach-combing and oyster-feasting; the Kumamotos are in season and it’s time to sample some on the half-shell. I absolutely LOVE oysters! So tasty…the Yaquina Bay ones are nice, too. I enjoy seafood in general, but shellfish in particular…lobster, clams, prawns, oysters, crab, and crawdads are at the top of the list! The colder months are the ones when the shellfish are in season, so it’s time to gorge! I love to cook, and I regularly experiment with different herbs and ingredients – fresh produce and good meats are the key staples for a good meal. I’m a hunter-gatherer who avoids fast-food ‘restaurants’ and the MREs sold in grocery stores to the general population. I’ll go to farmer’s markets; or, better yet, go directly to the farm itself! I like to see how they are growing their crops and raising their animals – the way people do or don’t care for things can speak volumes.

It’s always seemed obvious to me that adding hormones to foods, and ‘genetically modifying’ crops, can only lead to disaster – and it has, unsurprisingly. You have kids suffering from obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Lack of exercise is an important factor, for sure – but all of those harmful additives exacerbate that issue. If you aren’t educated about the food you consume, then you’re not going to be aware of the problems that can spring up from doing so. Just look at the issues with what is going on with this ‘super ragweed’ springing up in parts of the country. It seems that some of the pesticide-resistant plants cross-pollinated with genetically modified crops, creating a fast-growing, hard-to-kill plant with awful pollen that is a nightmare for people with pulmonary problems. But the signs of pesticides in nature have been documented for decades: from DDT in the food chain causing the eggs of raptors to be brittle, to frogs in Minnesota lakes having multiple limbs. It’s nothing new. If you think about it, just look at the suffixes of certain words if they are listed as ingredients in any product you might put in (or on) your body. Personally, I feel that if it ends in –ide then it is generally harmful (i.e. monoxide, dioxide, cyanide, thalidomide, peroxide); the same can be said for the suffix –ane (i.e. methane, butane, propane, octane). The suffix –ose tends to denote a sugar (i.e. fructose, sucrose, lactose), although cellulose is a wood fiber and I’m not certain how sugars factor into it, LOL! The suffix -gen denotes a beneficial substance or by-product (i.e. oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, antigen). High-quality soaps, lotions, and hair products don’t need a long list of unpronounceable, unrecognizable ingredients – it’s just common sense. You don’t need constant access to a laboratory specializing in microbiology to have control over what you eat! Seriously, I’ve seen some people who were beyond obsessed with food. I knew one female who ordered nearly EVERYTHING she ate from some online ‘organic’ store or another. The thing that would puzzle me was the fact that she never really looked at the ingredients in what she ordered, she just took at face value what the store’s website claimed the ingredients were. I always thought that she would be the type of person who would belive that something was healthy or low-carb if it had the words ‘diet’ or ‘lite’ on the label. “Yeah, Charlie, I just ordered some diet chicken fat and I think I’ll top it off with some Ex-Lax Lite!”     😆

As election day draws near, I have one final thing to say about politics and voting. I despise the political process, with all of the mud-slinging and personal nastiness coming from supposed ‘news sources’ which claim to be unbiased, and secretly-funded ‘super-PACs’ which allow the wealthy, who believe that they are being picked-on and singled-out, to pay for slick, glossy attack ads that pander to the mindless sheeple who already have their small minds made up. Voting, however, I take VERY seriously. I take it seriously enough that I registered to vote the day I turned 18 years of age. It’s serious because my people only got the right to vote not long before I was born – 10 or 12 years, give or take. My people were killed when they stood up for the right to vote. My people have died fighting for the right to vote. Even today, laws are being passed to disenfranchise voters and prevent them from engaging in that right that they, as an American citizen, automatically have. So, some people may think that I squander my vote, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. I registered as an independent voter, but because of the teabaggers I consider myself ‘politically unaffiliated’. I will always cast my vote for the person who I feel will do the right thing for this country and ALL of her citizens – not just a select few! I’ve heard so many white people proclaiming their support for Ron Paul (STILL) and that they plan on voting for him. When they ask me, in a challenging manner, who I will vote for, I always say: “Frank Zappa and Alfred E. Neuman.” That’s basically my polite way of saying “none-ya”, as in “None-ya fucking BUSINESS who I’m voting for!” There are reasons for those curtains in the voting booths, and the ‘secured, privacy envelope’ that others mail in! Sheesh…people are really dense at times. I tend to wonder about people who exhort non-white people to not vote – it seems a tad suspicious to me. After all, who benefits the most if brown-skinned people stay home and don’t vote? You gotta question people who don’t seem to have your best interests at heart, and we know that some of the worst enemies of PoC are…other PoC! It’s amazing.

I adjusted the security and spam settings here on my blog, because I’ve seen some profiles out there which appear to be bad duplicates of legitimate bloggers. I have no problems letting people post, but if they seem to be spamming or hijacking my blog then I’ll keep a closer eye on them. When one’s postings don’t seem to be consistent, and their nickname doesn’t match, it seems a bit fishy to me. Writing styles don’t change that drastically! Also, with moderating the posts I’m allowed to see IP addresses and other information – so if that doesn’t add up, you can bet a poster will be blocked! I don’t have time for that nonsense…there are plenty of blogs out there that allow bored trolls free reign and access, so feel free to roam over there – talk to me when you want to have a decent conversation, or if you have an interesting blog or post that you might want to share. Keep in mind, though, that I don’t post links or videos in my comment section, so just tell me who or what to Google, LMFAO!     😎

Time for some tunes…enjoy.

Yes: “Leave It”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M9JE9R9ld4

Yes: “Hold On”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsKgR4hugVw

Crash Test Dummies: “Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIbcqgXh5-4

Politics & ‘Patriot Day’

It’s September 11th, which has been designated ‘Patriot Day’ on the calendar – so this is the perfect time to illustrate why I despise politics! This will most likely be the last time I mention politics, too…It’s such a waste of time. This isn’t a post about ‘Patriot Day’, either – I’ll let the conspiracy-theory nutjobs go ballistic over that nonsense, along with who JFK’s second shooter was, where Elvis is hiding out, and how the moon landing isn’t real. Speaking of which, I saw this on my favorite astrology site when I visited it today:

“Conspiracy Facts

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Dear Jonathan,

There is no way that man has ever landed on the moon. I have included a list of important factors to back up my assertion. Ray

Dear Ray,

You have, indeed, sent a long list of ‘reasons’ why the Moon landing ‘must have been fake.’ I also receive regular letters from people who insist that the tragedy of September 11, 2001 was an ‘inside job’ by the US Government. I remain open-minded about all of life’s ‘unanswered questions’. But I also think that sometimes, when we search for conspiracies, they become almost suspiciously easy to find!”

http://www.cainer.com/

Incidentally, 9/11 really doesn’t mean that much, anyway – case in point:

http://www.kgw.com/entertainment/169354596.html

Anyway, the RNC and DNC conventions are now done and over with. I caught the highlights and lowlights on various shows and websites, as watching the entire fiasco was too stomach-churning a thought. Besides, it’s not like I’m some lame-stream ‘journalist’ being paid to deliver one-sided, biased reports from either camp! See, if you really look at those conventions – and I mean, REALLY LOOK at them – you will see that they are nothing more than over-priced, ramped-up-to-the-max, overdone ‘pep rallies’, much like the ones held during high school ‘homecoming’. “Rah, rah, ooh-rah! Sis-bom-boo-yah!” The chosen candidates stand at the podium, gleaming, polished and brilliant, ready to charge ahead for their respective followers: The incumbent ‘Chosen One’ versus his challenger, ‘The Great White Hope’. Their wives stand, proud and beautiful, waxing poetic on the qualities their husbands possess that make them the right leader for this country. The candidates themselves wax eloquent on their scripted, carefully-rehearsed ‘talking points’ – the non-answers given at virtually every dinner, press conference, or ‘spontaneous’ restaurant or school visit. Real answers are never given, if you pay close attention to these charades. I’d love to hear exactly what each man has as a genuine plan to get people back to work – but none exists.

(On a side note, I want to give props to Michelle Obama for wearing a dress designed by a Black clothing designer, and showing off those beautifully-shaped arms of hers – I respect her far more than Ann Romney, that pasty, pale, elitist walking tampon…while ‘Mann’ spoke, I could tell that she was thinking about her dressage horse!)

Digressing…some of the speakers for each convention were delightfully entertaining. The RNC had some douchenozzle whining about how Obama doesn’t know how to create jobs because “he hasn’t even seen the inside of a lemonade stand!” The DNC had some woman who tapped into her residual ‘Howard Dean Fever’, screeching and gesticulating better than the Sham-Wow guy! It was poetry in motion, I tells ya…Jon Stewart on The Daily Show put his two cents on it rather brilliantly: http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/fri-september-7-2012

The RNC also made a pathetic attempt at showing diversity by trotting out their ultimate weapon: their Black, female, Mormon representative! And Mitt ‘Marionette’ Romney showed how good he is at ‘creating (temporary) jobs’, by hiring an entire group of Black people to vouch for him! Gee, how WHITE of you, Mr. Romney! What a good massa youse is!

Let’s not forget the requisite celebrity endorsements: the RNC had their standard, old white guys, heavily represented by aging action-movie stars and brain-dead country-western singers wearing the confederate flag as a shirt.

Clint Eastwood displayed his burgeoning Alzheimer’s by yelling at an empty chair, and Chuck Norris showed that he’s taken too many blows to the head by claiming that the re-election of Obama will usher in “1,000 years of darkness”. Makes me wonder what that ultimate vigilante, Charles Bronson, would be saying if he were still alive!

The DNC, not to be outdone, trotted out the young, white, female ‘eye candy’, and the young, good-looking, twin Latino men – don’t forget the cute little girl, who was the daughter of one of them, flipping her hair! Gotta show the diversity by showing how many Latinos and gays are in the audience! And, surprise, surprise, surprise…the DemoKKKraps finally pandered to the Bible Belt by mentioning ‘gawd’ I don’t know how many times! I guess we shall soon see a resurgence of the ‘DixieKKKraps’, no? This brings me to the fact that, while the separation of church and state is supposedly in force, there really is no such thing – religion and politics have been intertwined since their inception. I don’t think one has ever existed without the other, to be honest! This is why the religious beliefs of candidates are given far too much importance. In truth, it shouldn’t matter a whit. If a separation really existed, then we would have had an agnostic or, dare I say, atheist president a long time ago…

Oh, yeah, there are still some Black people who are politically active – the bipartisan pandering just doesn’t extendin that direction; Obama can’t rely on that. He’s damned if he does; damned if he doesn’t: whites already believe that every Black person in the U.S.A. voted for Obama, even though that isn’t true. They also believe that every Black person in the U.S.A. only registered to vote the day a Black man became a presidential candidate, and that is also false – and no, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton don’t count as legitimate candidates! No, Obama has to cater to whites like any politician does – that’s a fact. Me? I can honestly say that I didn’t vote for Obama. My vote doesn’t count because I don’t have the currency, and let’s face it: AmeriKKKa has been a white-ruled plutocracy for some time now. I simply don’t have the cash flow to exact real change. For instance, check out this story: http://www.kgw.com/news/national/169098526.html

So, when was this action put to a vote? I thought that Greenpeace and other supposedly environmentally-conscious groups had put an end to this! I thought that Al Gore and his pals had been instrumental in their efforts to fight global warming and pollution everywhere! * HEAVY SARCASM * No, the fact remains that corporations can flash some cash and go over people’s heads and behind people’s backs, and the hive-minded sheeple truly believe that casting a vote for either party will bring an end to unfairness, injustice, racism, and inequality of all kinds. Neither party has my interests at heart, nor do they care about the things that concern me: job availability, fair pay, decent benefits, fair treatment on the job, and a guarantee that I will always be able to get monies that I have worked for and earned. I also want to be able to travel around this country and feel safe. I want to see clean air and forests, not the filth and garbage that humanity always leaves behind. The things that matter to me don’t seem to be of concern to others, and I understand that – we’re all different; we’re all individuals – but it’s sad that there is such division over trivial things.

Me, I put my money behind a Super-PAC that I can believe in: the one run by the one and only Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A. I have no problem waiting for a better tomorrow…tomorrow!

I wanted to put this link here – the blog itself has a lot of excellent political articles and comments. If you want to cut through the bipartisan bullshit, here’s the place to look: http://field-negro.blogspot.com/2012/09/john-is-to-mitt-what-hillary-is-to.html

Here is an interesting little quiz that I found online. I’m sure that it’s not completely scientific, but it is interesting to see where I fall in this chart: it has to do with political leanings, and asks a series of questions. It analyses your answers and puts you in a specific category, based on those answers. Here’s the link: http://www.politicalcompass.org/

Here’s the link to my specific result: http://www.politicalcompass.org/crowdchart.php?showform=&Rick+Santorum=7%2C8.5%2C-115&Newt+Gingrich=8%2C7.5&Mitt+Romney=7%2C6.5%2C7%2C10&Ron+Paul=9%2C-1%2C10%2C10&Barack+Obama=6%2C6%2C-118%2C10&You=-6.38,-4.26

…and here’s the link which compares past and current worldwide leaders: http://www.politicalcompass.org/analysis2

I have always considered myself a person with moderate views, and am unaffiliated with any political party. I took it with a grain of salt, as I think anyone should since you can’t verify the actual validity of a statistic. It only validates my admitted confirmation bias about politicians, which is that they are far more alike no matter what party they claim allegiance to. They’re two sides of the same damned coin, as far as I’m concerned. It’s an interesting quiz, just like the following one: the “Dante’s Inferno Hell Test”! I took that one years ago and was pleased to see that it still exists! Here’s the link: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/dante-inferno-test.mv

…and, here are my results!

The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell – The City of Dis! Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level | Score Purgatory | Very Low Level 1 – Limbo | Very Low Level 2 | High Level 3 | High Level 4 | Moderate Level 5 | High Level 6 – The City of Dis | Very High Level 7 | High Level 8 – The Malebolge | High Level 9 – Cocytus | Very High

Level descriptions: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/dante-inferno-information.html Take the test: http://www.4degreez.com/misc/dante-inferno-test.mv

Hey – I went up a level! I took this quiz 10 years ago, and was at the 7th Level of Hell, LMFAO! Go figure…

The wretched King Minos has decided your fate. His tale wraps around his body 6 times.

The sweet light no longer strikes against your eyes. Your shade has been banished to… the Sixth Level of Hell – The City of Dis!

Sixth Level of Hell – The City of Dis


You approach Satan’s wretched city where you behold a wide plain surrounded by iron walls. Before you are fields full of distress and torment terrible. Burning tombs are littered about the landscape. Inside these flaming sepulchers suffer the heretics, failing to believe in God and the afterlife, who make themselves audible by doleful sighs. You will join the wicked that lie here, and will be offered no respite. The three infernal Furies stained with blood, with limbs of women and hair of serpents, dwell in this circle of Hell.

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