A Selfie To Die For

The weekend begins and my mind is set free for the next couple of days…..time to reflect on the larger problems in life…..first, what about this “selfie” craze?

This fad has spread through the internet like a fast moving cancer…….the “selfie”…..the taking of a photo of one’s self with whatever is near at the time….a monument, a person, a pet…..whatever is near.

It seems everyone is participating in this fad….from common folk to actors to politicians to athletes….even the prez has embraced the fad…….everyone is doing 5the “selfie”…..

We humans seem to have this obsession to document ourselves at every moment of our lives and then share it on whatever social media is handy…

Personally, I do not see the need to post my daily experiences…..of course that could be because I am an old fart….but still the necessity escapes me.

There are, believe it or not, when stopping to record a moment in life may not be in the best interests of the person……

While putting yourself in the way of stampeding bulls is considered a matter of personal choice at Pamplona’s annual festival, authorities say slowing down for a selfie while doing so is just plain stupid. A runner who was filmed trying to get a photo of himself inches ahead of the bulls at this year’s festival could face a fine of $4,100 under a new law banning runners from using recording devices, reports the Guardian. A picture of the man has been circulated with the hashtag #Eltonmóvil—”the idiot with the mobile”—and commentators have sharply criticized him for putting other runners in danger.

The selfie-snapping runner was filmed by Spanish network TVE, which has been criticized itself for urging participants to send their best selfies in for a prize, reports the Local. “Be careful, we didn’t quite mean that,” the network tweeted after the man’s photo surfaced. The festival wraps up today and so far, four Spaniards have been gored and one American: the co-author of How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona.

Maybe a little common sense would be advised before stopping for that all important “selfie”



2014 Babbling Buffoons Of Babylon #11

Just when I thought they would give their mouths a rest….BAM!….they are back….those mental midgets that will say anything about everything…..and have no idea they are sounding moronic…….

#1–recently tea party douche bag, McDaniel lost to incumbent Cochran thanks to black voters…..and of course the radical morons are screaming fowl…..and little boy Rush is no different…….

Limbaugh wondered if “Uncle Toms for Thad” became the campaign slogan because “I thought that was the worst thing you could do, an African-American to vote for a Republican, the worst thing you could do.” The point here being that some liberal voices have called black RepublicansUncle Toms in the past, and therefore all these black people (even black Democrats) who voted for Cochran must be Uncle Toms too.

“Insider Republicans in the Senate bought nine percentage points… from the black Uncle Tom voters in Mississippi. Well, you know what they call Clarence Thomas? Condoleezza Rice? They call them Uncle Toms. Republicans, these guys that voted for them… Uncle Toms for Thad.”

NO the radical Right is not racist in any way…..what a bullsh*t statement that is……..any one who subscribes to that sort of talk is a RACIST!  That simple….period!

2–I know that too many “Christians” have a problem with Islam……they want to shine a bad light on it at every turn……but there is a GOP (go figure) candidate tht is just a….well…..a MORON!

Jody Hice, a Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat from Georgia, does not believe that Islam is truly a religion and doesn’t think it should be protected under the First Amendment.

“Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology,” he wrote. “It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”

Hice, a Baptist minister and talk-radio host, also wrote that he believes the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to infiltrate the U.S. to impose Sharia law on the country, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

And in 2011, he made similar anti-Islamic statements during an event with the Coweta County Tea Party Patriots, according to The Citizen.

“Most people think Islam is a religion, It’s not. It’s a totalitarian way of life with a religious component. But it’s much larger. It’s a geo-political system that has governmental, financial, military, legal and religious components. And it’s a totalitarian system that encompasses every aspect of life and it should not be protected [under U.S. law],” he said.

Personally, Christianity now a days is just a money making hate mill…..”.concept of Christianity is a good one…too bad it has never been attempted”…..Gandhi

3–I realize that immigration is a sensitive subject and it will take a great deal of work for a good comprehensible policy is found……there are haters and just plain assholes that would do anything to punish people…..like a twat named William Ghee…….

…………anti-immigrant activist William Gheen urged members of his Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) to mail used underwear to House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama to be given to undocumented immigrants.

Now, Gheen is claiming that his “underwear against amnesty” protest so overwhelmed Boehner and Obama with underwear that, within 48 hours, it single-handedly sunk any hope for immigration reform.

Gheen writes in an email this morning:

Our ‘underwear against amnesty’ campaign became an internet and talk radio sensation, penetrated the American psyche, raised awareness rapidly of how John Boehner is the same as Obama on amnesty for illegals, and shut down John Boehner for 2014 within 48 hours of our launch!

We stopped John Boehner and now we need to stop Obama and his new illegal alien surge!

John Boehner went into full retreat because of our protest and because our assistance helping Dave Brat defeat Eric Cantor sent shock waves through the Republicans working to help Obama pass amnesty.

Obama did not get his amnesty bill so we have forced his hand to show what a dictator he really is. Obama is now proceeding to implement amnesty legislation that never passed Congress!

Gheen previously claimed that a photo he posted on Facebook that was shared 15 times stopped another effort at reform.

I am sorry but people like him give our country a bad name…….besides he just a disgusting evil little toad that will do or say anything to get his name in the news.

4–I am always amused when one of the ‘enlightened’ right has something to say…..and even more so when they link everything to communism…….they would be a bit more creditable if they knew just what the Hell communism is and how it works……but of course that does not stop them from showing just how ignorant they are…..and Ben Carson is a good solid ignorant……

He suggested that communists in government, following the teachings of Lenin, have deliberately added on debts in order to destroy the U.S. economy. “Of course they don’t talk about it, I’ll tell you who does talk about it: Vladimir Lenin. One of the ways to destroy the United States? Unsustainable debt. People, you got to wake up, you got to wake up.” This, of course, would make George W. Bush the biggest Leninist of all.

However, Carson insisted that he was merely just asking the question: “I don’t know if it is intentional or not, but whether it is intentional or not doesn’t matter, we’ll still be destroyed.”

A shame that this is the only song they have……

5–And then there is a Tea Party tool that just cannot stop up…..he babbles and probably drools when he speaks……now ted Cruz is weighing in on the Mississippi primary that will not go away……..

Weeks after incumbent Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) defeated tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff that has involved everything from breaking and entering to suicide to accusations of murder, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has stepped into the fray, saying the rumors the Cochran campaign purchased Democratic votes required an investigation.

“We’ve seen serious allegations of voter fraud,” Cruz told conservative radio host Mark Levin. “And I very much hope that no Republican was involved in voter fraud. But these allegations need to be vigorously investigated and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted.”

Cruz argued that “McDaniel won a sizable majority of the votes from Republicans who voted in the run-off,” but that Cochran lured Democrats via racially-charged ads. (Mississippi has an open primary.)

McDaniel has refused to concede and even offered a bounty for proof of voter fraud; however, the state GOP certified Cochran as the winner Monday night.

He gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling every time he speaks……..mostly because he has NO idea what he is talking about…….

6–Immigration has once again become a flash point…..this time it is children that the mental midgets are hating…….of course the GOP has NOTHING as a solution other than Obama did it.  And then there is the biggest twat in the GOP, Louie Gohmert…….he has a big idea…..

Rep. Louie Gohmert is pretty sure that President Obama is pushing for minors to cross the border as part of a giant voter fraud scheme, and thinks that if the president were serious about cracking down on illegal immigration, then he would send troops to the Southern border … and perhaps into Mexico.

“If he wanted to, he could do what Woodrow Wilson did,” the Texas congressman told News Talk Florida host Dan Maduri, referring to Wilson’s military intervention in Mexico.

“He sent John Pershing with troops into Mexico and you can read different versions, tens of thousands of national guard were put on the border and nobody came in that we didn’t want to come in. This president could do that just as well.”

I believe history will show that Pershing was not there on the border to stop anything, he was sent to capture Pancho Villa…..ONLY!  But I would not expect a moron like Gohmert to actually know any history…….he is a mindless twat that needs a good cleaning!

So this ignorant twat is saying that the US needs to invade Mexico…is that about it?

7– And then there is the religious trolls that cannot find it in their nature to be religious in any way shape or form……..

Televangelist Rodney Howard-Browne’s “Celebrate America” event kicked off over the Fourth of July weekend, bringing Religious Right speakers together in Washington D.C. with predictable messages about how gay rights will doom America.

One speaker, Pastor Kwabena Sarpong of Winners Chapel International Maryland, said that while the U.S. was established with spiritual “power,” the country is now in decline because “they have taken power out of it.” A Religious Right revival, Sarpong explained, would bring America back to greatness … and even cure HIV.

“Thank God for you and I that we are in this nation, we are taking the revival. Until they see power, they will not believe in your God,” he said. “When they have toiled and they can’t find any cure to HIV and they come to the church and you lay hands and they start walking, they will see power and they will all run to the House of God for the Bible says in the Last Days all shall run.”

The scary part is that there are some minimally rational individuals that listen and believe people like this amazing d/bag…..

8–I always enjoy the humor of the “black helicopter” fringe….they see a chance that they may have hit on the exact situation that the government will start attacking the citizens……of course the newest lone is because of the children coming over the border………..it is a bit lengthy but well worth the read for its comedic quantity………..

Today’s warning comes from Morgan Brittany, who writes that Obama will use the increase in child migrants as a calculated way to incite an anti-Obama revolution, giving the president a justification to introduce “martial law,” start “confiscating our guns and ammo,” create a “totalitarian state” and begin a spate of “military arrests”

Supposedly, the NDAA broadens the scope and power of the federal government to fight the War on Terror, and under this law the military has the power to carry out domestic anti-terrorism operations on U.S. soil. This means it allows the detaining of U.S. citizens domestically without trial if they are considered a threat. The question then becomes: Who is a threat? Is it a member of the tea party? Someone who speaks out against Obamacare or takes issue with the administration’s policies? Someone the NSA has listened to and feels is a problem? We saw what happened with the IRS targeting – can military arrests be far behind? This idea would be considered folly except for the fact that in 2009 there was a DHS report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalism and Recruitment.” It specifically stated that conservatives and the unemployed represent a clear and present danger.

So when you put the pieces of this puzzle together and you see what is happening on our border, am I crazy to think that this was all a plan that has been put in motion to overwhelm the system and create anger and chaos among the American people? With the influx of illegal children surrendering to the Border Patrol, the officers can no longer protect the border because they are too busy changing diapers and tending to sick kids. They are overwhelmed and cannot feed, house or nurse these thousands of people.

We all know the truth, that none of these people are going to be returned to their home countries. They will disappear into the shadows as millions before them have, and we the taxpayers will pick up the bill as we always do. This is a giant poke in the eye to an already angry American tiger, and it will only take one spark to blow the whole thing up.

Ah, but this is what the left and this administration wants. It is classic Cloward-Piven. Overwhelm the system, anger the populace, create chaos, and then, martial law takes over. Through his executive orders, the president gave himself the authority to use the military as he sees fit. We saw just a taste of it after the Boston Marathon bombing when there was a huge over-reaction by closing down the city, storming homes and property and keeping people prisoners in their own homes. That was just a test to see how compliant people would become.

If Obama gets his way and the system collapses through illegal immigration or financial means, if he succeeds in confiscating our guns and ammo so that no one but the government has them, then we the people will be at their mercy, and the sad thing is that many people will welcome their control. At that point the American people will be helpless against a totalitarian state, and they will have succeeded in the full transformation of this country.

GOD!  These people are MORONS!

9–Kick over a rock and the mentally challenged scurry out looking for a microphone and someone to listen………

Hagee Hotline,” Matthew Hagee answered a question from a viewer who was wondering if Obamacare will “increase the risk of America supporting a one world government” by assuring her that it most certainly does.

As Hagee explained, Obamacare makes people more dependent upon the government, which is conditioning them to accept “the kind of global dictatorship that is described in the End Times” and to ultimately take the Mark of the Beast.

Acceptance of Obamacare, Hagee said, is teaching people “to look at a leader in the future and say ‘certainly, you can give me a mark and that mark will keep me in terms of trading and doing all of the things that I want to do, buying and selling of goods and services, no problem; I’ll do it because you’re the government and you said I need it.'”

Legislation like Obamacare, he concluded, “leads us on a path and in a direction that in the end will take us to what the Bible describes as a one world government”.

The sad part is that there are those that buy into this form of bullshit…….I weep for the future……

And with that I end this edition of BBB or B3….stay tuned there will be more for we realize that morons just do not know when to keep their mouths shut…….and for that I thank them.

Republicans Wreck the Vote | The American Conservative

Surprise!  I actually read the American Conservative!  BTW…for you history buffs…today is Bastille Day…..

The GOP could be making a big problem worse…..the young are our future and our future voters…..maybe the GOP should stop trying to marginalize the very voters that could put them over the top…….just a thought!


Republicans Wreck the Vote | The American Conservative.

Immigration: The Cause

I figured I would get some Right wingers by the title alone…..I have tried to explain what is happening on the border in this go-round…..of course few want to know what is really happening for it is so much easier to say…”It’s Obama’s Fault”……..or to make up whatever scenario fits your intelligence level…….but the law is a lot easier than some would have us believe……

In the past I have not been really kind to the prez….but that is his problem not mine…….but this current border problem is not of his making…..one more time….a bit slower for those that don’t read so well……..

Conservatives like Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin have alleged that President Obama’s “lawlessness”—in the form of his jury-rigged de facto Dream Act implementation—is to blame for the children currently swarming across the border. But the truth is “that this crisis has actually been brought about by Obama following the law,” points out Dana Milbank at the Washington Post. Indeed several columnists today are focusing on the impact of an obscure 2008 human trafficking law that passed both houses by unanimous consent and was signed by George W. Bush. Here’s what they’re saying:

  • The law guarantees child immigrants a hearing, allowing them to stay with family in the US in the meantime. The process can take 18 months, and most children simply don’t show up for their hearings when the time comes.
  • The law was a well-intentioned attempt to fight sex-trafficking, but it’s “mutated into a source of chaos,” writes Charles Lane at the Washington Post. Trafficking mafias are getting rich on it and an unforeseen wave of Central American immigrants are crowding detention centers. Children wind up growing up undocumented and living in the shadows. “This isn’t anyone’s idea of sustainable immigration … Some call the situation a humanitarian crisis. I prefer ‘national scandal.'”
  • Lane prefers amending the law to exclude unaccompanied Central American minors, so there’s no incentive to send them. But Charles Blow at the New York Times rejects that, saying that the premise of the law is “noble and humane.” “These are children we are talking about, not just numbers, not just data, not political pawns.”
  • This is the fundamental problem; everyone agrees our immigration laws are out of date and broken, but not on how to fix them, observes Rob Hunter at KTAR. He advises lawmakers to remember what John F. Kennedy said: “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”

Let’s be honest….it takes courage to find a solution to the immigration problem…..and we have NO one with that amount of courage……what we have is a plethora of cowards.

Dialogue On A Summer’s Day

I spend many hours reading, researching and writing…..and from time to time I get out of the bat cave and venture out into this big wide world…..I stop by a cafe shop owned by a friend, Gail……she has blue mountain coffee and I have a great desire to drink good coffee.  Awhile back I was sitting reading the news when I overheard a group next to y table talking about my state’s new open carry law……as listened I realized that these guys were part of a local militia group….I will call them Southern Guard…….

They talked and argued and seem to want to boycott or protest the business that had posted signs that called for NO guns on their premises…..remember I was eavesdropping a bit……well after a bit the loudest voice and I guessed he would be the leader of this group, went for a coffee refill…..

On his way back I stopped him and asked if I could have a word with him……he agreed and sat down at my little table…….Rambo (not his real name but for the sake of this post it is)……”What can I do for you?”

ME:  “I am sorry but I couldn’t help but overhear your talk about the open carry law……”

R:  “So?”

ME:  “Are you guys part of the Southern Guard”?

R:  Yep

ME:  “Do you guys support the tea Party”?

R:  Yep and we will make sure that McDaniel is elected (McDaniel is the TP candidate running against Cochran in Mississippi)

ME:  Do all of you feel the same way?

R:  Yep….but why all the question, chief?

I explained to him that I was a blogger and write a lot about politics…….

R:  What about you…..Tea Partyer?

ME:  In some ways yes….but I am trying to inform myself about the Party and what they are standing for and how they will help the country.

ME:  Are most militias supporters of the Tea Party?

R:  Most of the ones that I know are supporters of Tea Party candidates.

ME:  So you guys are kinda like the military arm of the Party?

R:  I may not go that far but to my thinking the answer is yes…..

ME:  Do you support all the ideals of the party?

R:  As long as it is pro-gun, pro-life, socially conservative and small government….America for Americans….we will protect our country against all foes.

ME: So most of you guys are on board with these ideals?

R:  Every damn one of us….we want to protect America for REAL Americans……

(I wanted to ask him just what he had meant by America for Americans but I had already promised Gail, the owner, that I would never start a political debate in her place again………and then real Americans….. pretty sure I know what that means….but I had given my word….so I had to let it go…..)

ME:  Thanks for letting me pick your brain and hope to see you at the polls…..

R:  right on brother

After my encounter with Rambo I got to thinking that just about everything he had said I had heard all before….in history books.

It was sounding like the “Southern Guard” was a present day remake of the old Brown Shirts….that thuggish group in 1930’s Germany…..

I have tried to give the Tea party the benefit of the doubt but as time has gone by, since the election of Obama, this party is sounding more and more like a racist group that thinks that there are sub-humans in this country and they need to be purged.

The comments from the extreme Right….the attitude of the people who claim to be party members towards the different races and religions….smacks of racism.

I have tried to be fair to the Party but as time goes by I cannot any more…….to me they are just a re-make of the racists from the 1950’s……..the sooner the Party gets put away the better……they try to hide behind these cool sounding memes…..they are NO better than the racists I fought against so many years ago…..

Just my thoughts……take them or leave them…….matters not……..

Militias And The Border

Run for the border….not a Taco Bell ad but rather people fleeing all sorts of violence and danger……sorry but I cannot see what all the whoopla is about……people come and people go……..but thanx to morons in the militias it is turning into hate and it is turning into a racist situation…….(I have an op-ed piece later about my encounter with a militia type….please check it out)………

We have many small children heading to the border looking for a better life….contrary to what the morons in Right wing radio would have you believe…..and then I read this piece…….in Raw Story…….

A militia group is calling on supporters to patrol the Texas-Mexico border to guard against drug gangs and illegal immigrants.

The citizen militia operation, called “Secure Our Border – Laredo,” is urging members to voluntarily guard private property near the border town along the Rio Grande, where some residents have felt threatened by drug cartels and other gangs.

Conservative publications have warned that a recent surge in undocumented children and other immigrants has carried infectious disease across the border and poses an existential threat to the U.S.

A spokeswoman for the militia group told the Brownsville Herald that members would not engage in violence, and the group’s leader – who calls himself Commander Chris “Threepercenter” Davis – has cautioned against violent actions or racist comments.

“This is not a ‘go-in-guns-blazing’ kind of thing,” said spokeswoman Denice Freeman. “This will be handled with the utmost professionalism and security and safety for everyone involved.”

But a 21-minute video that was apparently posted June 14 by Davis encourages militia members to threaten suspected illegal immigrants to secure the border.

“You see an illegal,” Davis says in the video. “You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’”

He also urged militia members to “start the next 1776 right there on the border” if they were confronted by law enforcement authorities.

“It is time that we start taking back our national sovereignty,” Davis says.

I have a hard time with vigilante justice……..I have a hard time with twats that want to play army but are too much a coward to join the military……I have a hard time when Americans start acting like the “Brown Shirts” from Nazi Germany…….

Immigration: “A Katrina Moment”

The situation du jour is the immigration problem with the children coming across the border……and as usual the GOP is turning it into something that can drive up their campaign donations…..when talking about the problem Texas governor Perry said that the situation was Obama’s Katrina…..and then another GOP lackey used the same term when describing the same incident…..talking points are a wonderful thing but at least try to use them in a way that you do not sound like a flipping minor bird……

Any way I got to thinking that I had heard the Katrina reference before when the GOP talks about Obama and whatever situation they are fixating on at the time…….so I decided to do a little research to see what I could find……..and HOLY CRAP!

Katrina Moment No. 1: The financial crisis. The initial Obama response to the financial crisis was framed as Katrina-ish in an encouraging sort of way. Seriously! “Unless and until Barack Obama addresses the full depth of Americans’ anger with his full arsenal of policy smarts and political gifts,” wrote Frank Rich in the NYT, “his presidency and, worse, our economy will be paralyzed.” Honestly, this doesn’t sound wrong.

Katrina Moment No. 2: Swine flu. The swine flu outbreak of April 2009! Sure, you may have forgotten it, but at the time Hugh Hewitt asked whether a botched response would destroy the Obama presidency. “A death toll is a death toll, and if one begins to pile up in the U.S. the at least four-day delay in moving decisively to control legal entry into the country from Mexico will be entered in President Obama’s account.”

Katrina Moment No. 3: The Underwear Bomber. Then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano responded to the lucky apprehension of a dim terrorist by saying “the system worked,” inspiring a NYT news analysis about how every flailing administration official was in danger of being compared to Michael “Brownie” Brown. “Hurricane Katrina was a crisis on a different order of magnitude than this event,” wrote Peter Baker, “certainly, but the politics of attack and parry do not dwell on context or proportionality.”

Katrina Moment No. 4: The Haiti earthquake. Opinions were mixed on this one. In early January 2010, Dan Kennedy argued that Haiti was not “Obama’s Katrina,” as Haiti is not part of the United States. (I just checked, and this is still true.) But later in the month, the Wall Street Journal cleared that up with a guest op-ed titled “Haiti: Obama’s Katrina,” and pointing out that “the death toll from Katrina was under 2,000 people” while “deaths in Haiti as of yesterday are at least 150,000.”

Katrina Moment No. 5: The BP oil spill. In the summer of 2010, polling showed the public even more critical of the government response there than it had been toward the Katrina response. “This was, of course, New Orleans’ Katrina and Mississippi’s Katrina,” said Brian Williams during an interview with the president. “And you’re familiar now that it’s getting baked in a little bit in the media that BP was President Obama’s Katrina. And it’s also getting baked in that the administration was slow off the mark. Is that unfair?” Spoiler: He did think it was unfair.

Katrina Moment No. 6: Hurricane Sandy. To be fair, it was mostly just Sean Hannity saying this. “With the horrifying images of Sandy’s devastation now contrasted with the president’s constant campaigning,” he said on Nov. 1, 2012, “this is starting to look like, in my opinion, Obama’s Katrina.” This was before the administration’s response to Sandy, and Chris Christie’s praise for it, helped make New York and New Jersey two of the only states where the Obama vote increased from 2008 to 2012. (The others? Mississippi and Louisiana.)

Katrina Moment No. 7: Benghazi/IRS/NSA. The trinity of scandals that broke out in the late spring 2013 were widely Katrina-fied. “If the president does not soon regain control of the narrative,” wrote Todd Eberly, “he is likely to suffer the same fate as his predecessor — a collapse in public confidence and a vastly diminished second term.”

Katrina Moment No. 8: Obamacare. In November 2013 this meme took on more force and popularity than any that preceded it, especially after progressives fumed at a media conflating a natural disaster with a website delay. Ron Fournier even argued that the website crisis might be Obama’s Katrina and Iraq. “The crises came after a series of unrelated events that had already caused doubt among voters about the presidents,” explained Fournier. “To borrow a cliché, Katrina was the last straw.”

Geez!  The mental midgets in the GOP and the media really need to find new material…….they are really getting desperate…..

Am I the only one that is sick of these word games?  What will it be next week?  Wanna venture a guess?

Ukraine: “A Nasty Surprise”

Since my stay in the Army and having to participate in a war I have been fascinated with what causes war…..the conditions, the actions and the words…….so after Vietnam I returned to university and studied international relations…….now I read a lot and am always looking for a situation that could deteriorate into an armed conflict…..or a full scale war……..

Syria is smoldering…..Iraq is a flame and Gaza is waiting the next BIG attack……..and all the while the Ukraine/Russia confrontation is continuing….few are noticing because the media has them jerking off about some poor kids that need help……

The Ukraine thingy has been back and forth…in word and in actions….it seems that Ukraine has gotten the upper hand on the separatist….for now……and of course all the false bravado is just mind numbing but I read a piece that made me feel uncomfortable for the future of that conflict……

Having taken Slovyansk earlier this week, Ukrainian officials are increasingly bellicose about their ongoing civil war, demand unconditional, unilateral disarmament by the rebels before any future discussions.

“There will be no more unilateral ceasefires” by Ukrainian troops, announced Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey, while other officials promised a “nasty surprise” for any of the eastern rebels that continue to resist their takeover.

Since the takeover of Slovyansk, most of the rebels in Donetsk Oblast have moved into the city of Donetsk itself, and have been barricading themselves in pending a Ukrainian military invasion.

Defending the city is likely to be difficult, as the Ukrainian military is increasingly using not only airstrikes, but armored vehicles in its offensives. Donetsk and Luhansk remain the two major strongholds of the ethnic Russian rebels, who seek increased autonomy.


A nasty surprise?  That sounds like a threat to me…..but what type of threat and what would the “nasty surprise” consist of…..is it just chest thumping or could it be more to it than bravado?

Please tell what you think this could mean…….

The Larger Questions Of Life

The weekend begins and I find myself asking some of the larger questions of life…..

It’s summertime and watermelons are everywhere…..red, yellow, seedless, regular……everywhere.

I started my blog back in the days when I was rehabbing from a crushed leg and in 2008 I wrote a post entitled…”Watermelon makes you Horny”….so far it has been my most popular post to date with about 1500 hits sine it was posted in 2008…….read it if you like……..http://lobotero.com/2008/07/04/watermelon-makes-you-horny/

Now to catch you up and to tie all this stuff together……the other day I was sitting on the porcelain throne contemplating the big questions of the universe…….at one point I realized that my love of watermelon was causing me some discomfort…..that perhaps a better idea would be to start eating seedless melons……..would possible be less discomfort….if you know what I mean……

Now for one of those larger questions of the universe…….

Where do the seeds for growing seedless watermelons come from?

Like I said…one of those larger questions in life.

Whatcha think?