If I Must Have A Funeral

There is one glaring reality….no one gets out of life alive.  Yep, believe it or not we all must die.

When we do we will have some sort of service or a memorial or whatever you would like to call it when family and friends get together and remember your life……..Cjhina has a way to go out that I had not thought about……a stripper!

Chinese officials are launching a campaign in some rural areas to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at … funerals. The Ministry of Culture said yesterday that it will tighten control over rural culture, where vulgar performances have been thriving because of a general lack of cultural events. Such erotic performances at funerals are a relatively new phenomenon. Many rural people believe that a large attendance at funerals is a sign of honor for the deceased, and the shows are used to attract more people and display the family’s prosperity. The funerals also are a rare occasion for crowds to gather as villagers working as migrant workers in industrial centers return home to bury the deceased.

Performances of traditional opera were once popular at funerals, followed later by movie screenings. In the last several months, people who have returned to their rural homes for funerals have complained on social media about lewd shows, remarking that troupes hired to play dirges suddenly changed their tune and began to peel off their clothes, even with children in attendance. The ministry cited a performance by six strippers at a funeral in the northern province of Hebei and a lewd show by three performers at a funeral in the eastern province of Jiangsu. Those responsible for vulgar acts will be punished, it said. “Such illegal operations have disrupted local entertainment markets and corrupted social mores,” the ministry said.

There is an idea to consider……..if I must go then let it be with a stripper!

Enjoy your weekend!

Veterans: Welcome Home

In my time researching my subjects I run cross a story from time to time about our veterans….I am always looking for a good uplifting one but sadly most of the stuff I find is about the treatment or the lack of such……..

I have written about the VA, vets benefits, health problems just about everything our vets must face when they come home……..my research has shown that not much has changed from my war, the Vietnam War, to today’s wars…..vets are still getting the short end of the stick.  It is like they are a tool and when it wears down it is discarded…..a sad indictment of this society.

But I found one story the other day that made me mad as Hell…….I could not believe the treatment that some put these brave soul through……..

The latest fraternity making headlines for bad behavior: The Zeta Beta Tau chapters at the University of Florida and, possibly, Emory University. The chapters held their spring formals at Panama City Beach’s Laketown Wharf Resort last Friday, where the Warrior Beach Retreat for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war vets was also taking place, the Gainesville Sun reports. Fraternity members are accused of spitting on the veterans and their service dogs, tearing magnets and American flags from their cars (and peeing on one flag), tossing beer bottles from a balcony onto the veterans, and vomiting onto awnings covering areas where the vets were gathered. “They knew who [the veterans] were and were just getting a kick out of it,” says retreat founder Linda Cope, noting that the 60 participants were wearing hats and shirts identifying them as having served.

The founder called police, and hotel security got the situation under control (no police report was ultimately filed) and evicted the fraternity members the following day. News of the incident went viral when a veteran’s wife posted about it on Facebook. The fraternity has since sent an apology letter to the organization noting that it is working on figuring out which members misbehaved, and now the president of the University of Florida has offered his own apology and promised a full investigation. Emory is also doing an investigation, but says that so far no evidence implicates its students; Cope tells WJHG she finds that hard to believe. The executive director of the fraternity’s national organization says the chapters at both universities are under suspension as the investigations continue,

These are the people that we are protecting…..I still wonder if they are worth it.  They were not worth it in the 70’s and looks like not much has changed.

Not much has changed from my war to theirs……..society still does not appreciate or want veterans around….for they are a constant reminder of a failed society……..These assholes issued an apology……a blanket apology……….screw them!  It is NOT accepted!  These bastards deserve no quarter.

Society does NOT want to know what the vets go through….they want to say thank you to ease their conscience and move on……..I want somebody to pay for this insult!  Public Caning comes to mind!

Any university that lets this type of disrespect to exist should lose every dime of government money…..and a civil rights investigation should follow……..then……… cane the son of a bitches!

Clinton Cash…..And The Right Rejoices

The Right has had it in for the Clintons since the days of Newt’s witch hunts of the ’90’s…….and now that Hillary has painted a bigger target on her back by announcing that she will seek the Dem nomination the Right has been looking for that “big” story that will put her in her place.

Now they think they have it!  Some dude writes a book about the foreign cash coming into the Clinton Global Initiative and Hillary;s campaign…..The guy has been all over FOX News ranting and raving and being idolized by the Right for his revelations…..

But there is a bit of a problem………..Media Matters has looked into the veiled claims by the author……..

Clinton Cash will be released on May 5, and mediareports have already hyped the book’s supposed revelations about connections between Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, donations to the Clinton Foundation, and paid speeches given by the Clintons.

Schweizer makes clear that he does not intend to present a smoking gun, despite the media speculation. The book relies heavily on timing, stitching together the dates of donations to the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton’s speaking fees with actions by the State Department.

Schweizer explains he cannot prove the allegations, leaving that up to investigative journalists and possibly law enforcement. “Short of someone involved coming forward to give sworn testimony, we don’t know what might or might not have been said in private conversations, the exact nature of the transition, or why people in power make the decision they do,” he writes.  Later, he concludes, “We cannot ultimately know what goes on in their minds and ultimately provide the links between the money they took and the benefits that subsequently accrued to themselves, their friends, and their associates.”

ThinkProgress details several of Schweizer’s claims, and highlights one major error already found in the book. According to the site, Schweizer at one point uses a press release to bolster one of his many speculative claims, citing it to suggest there may have been a link between a private company that was paying Bill Clinton for speeches (and which supposedly issued the press release) and a State Department report released when Hillary Clinton was secretary. However, ThinkProgress notes, the press release Schweizer cites was revealed as a hoax back in 2013.

This apparently sloppy sourcing from Schweizer is nothing new. As Media Matters extensively documented, Schweizer’s career as a Republican activist and researcher is riddled with errors, retractions, and investigations that find his facts “do not check out” and his sources “do not exist.” Our analysis found at least 10 separate incidents in which journalists called out Schweizer for his botched reporting.

In other words….this guy has written a book that is packed with innuendos and misinformation……but what would you expect from a guy that FOX think is a god among men?

We know that FOX has NEVER let the truth get in the way of a good story.

You can expect these types of made-up reports…..after all it is the ‘theater of the absurd’…..2016 edition.

Charter Schools Threaten a Cornerstone of American Democracy – US News

Most people know that I am not a fan of Charter schools….to me it sounds like education by lottery.  I also think it is moronic to make education a source for profit.

But these schools are the darling of the media….almost all of them do series on the attributes of them…….few approach it as an eduction issue……instead they go on and on about their success rates and such……most of it is pure propaganda…….

These charter schools may be doing more damage than just to education…….

 

Charter Schools Threaten a Cornerstone of American Democracy – US News.

Eat Your Veggies…….

For decades there has been a movement toward eating more veggies and less meat……more recently a vegan diet has become popular one where you eat only stuff that comes from seeds…..no eggs, no cheese no honey, etc etc etc……….

Of course as with anything there has been study after study to produce some “facts” that will support this idea…….and now we have a doozey…….

A federal panel that helps set federal dietary guidelines is recommending Americans eat less meat because it’s better for the environment, sparking outrage from industry groups representing the nation’s purveyors of beef, pork and poultry.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a federally appointed panel of nutritionists created in 1983, decided for the first time this year to factor in environmental sustainability in its recommendations. They include a finding that a diet lower in animal-based foods is not only healthier, but has less of an environmental impact.

The 571-page report says the average U.S. diet has a larger environmental impact in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions, land use, water use and energy use than the healthy dietary pattern it suggests — one that’s rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, seafood, legumes and nuts; moderate in low- and non-fat dairy products and alcohol; and lower in red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, and refined grains.

In its review of scientific studies, the committee highlighted research concluding that a vegan diet had the most potential health benefits.

“The organically grown vegan diet also had the lowest estimated impact on resources and ecosystem quality, and the average Italian diet had the greatest projected impact,” according to the report. “Beef was the single food with the greatest projected impact on the environment; other foods estimated to have high impact included cheese, milk, and seafood.”

With this report the meat industry went batcrap crazy…….like that would be a surprise…….

A new federal report points to the environmental benefits of a vegan diet, and the meat industry is not exactly happy about it. Industry representatives say sustainability isn’t within the purview of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, whose recommendations factor into guidelines by the federal agriculture and health departments, the Hill reports. “The same concern would exist if an expert sustainability committee were making nutrition policy recommendations,” says a rep for the North American Meat Institute. “It is not appropriate for the person designing a better light bulb to be telling Americans how to make a better sandwich.”

Indeed, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack seemed to agree in an interview last month with the Wall Street Journal, the Hill notes. “I read the actual law,” he noted. “Our job ultimately is to formulate dietary and nutrition guidelines.” But earlier this year, the committee noted a need to address the “complete challenge” in order “to ensure a healthy food supply will be available for future generations,” the Journal reported. The chair of the committee also points out that the committee outlines three separate diets, with one vegetarian-focused, one Mediterranean, and one American. “If people took the time to understand, this is not a meat-free diet and this is not [a] vegan approach,” she tells the Hill. “They’d realize this is a healthy dietary pattern with three models that offers consumers a lot of choice.” The group is accepting public comment until next month.

I will be a good boy and eat my veggies…..but I really need my meat!

Any thoughts?