“Assie” Award–Feb2017

It is the last Sunday of the month and time to announce the monthly winner of the Assie Award……..

There were 4 moronic statements made this month….well actually more than that after all we have idiots running the asylum now….but the 4 were boiled down to the 2 and the winner is……..

Oklahoma state Representative….. Justin Humphrey…and his abortion bill (HB1441)…..which require a woman to get a man’s permission before proceeding….

“I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions. I understand that [women] feel like that is their body. I feel like it is a separate—what I call them is, is you’re a “host.” And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant.”

After much deliberation my colleagues and I have picked the winner……(Drum roll if you please)……

MONTHLY ASSHAT “ASSIE” AWARD

WINNER

Oklahoma Sate Representative, Justin Humphrey

(HB1441)…..which require a woman to get a man’s permission before proceeding….

“I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions. I understand that [women] feel like that is their body. I feel like it is a separate—what I call them is, is you’re a “host.” And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant.”

Congrats to Rep. Humphrey for being an unfeeling douche bag

A good quote for an ending….”I’m the one guy who says don’t force the stupid people to be quiet – I want to know who the morons are.”

AMEN!

Let’s see who can top this as moronic shall we?

Finish out your weekend in safety and be well….chuq

Can It Be Ignored?

Another Saturday and another day of mental purges…..I take the weekends to stay away from news of any sorts as a way to clear the mind for the coming week…..I admit that it is harder to do than one may consider especially if you are a wonk like myself and feel the need to stay abreast of current events.

I gotta get a little history in…..today in 1913 the 16th amendment became law….allowing an income tax…..

I have considered in the past, especially after the election of Trump, to push away from all news for an extended time….and I considered the consequences of such a move and chose to put it out of my head.

Then I read an article by someone who tried to go a week with the silliness of the MSM…..his experience is list in this article…..

My point: I wanted to see what I could learn about the modern news media by looking at how thoroughly Mr. Trump had subsumed it. In one way, my experiment failed: I could find almost no Trump-free part of the press.

It is inescapable!

Go now and enjoy your day….be well, be safe…..chuq

A Woman Of Principle

At the beginning of this year a US Rep, Tulsi Gabbard, went on a mission to Damascus….for which she took lots of grief from some and from others , like myself, thought that she did a very necessary thing….she went to talk with the ruler of Syria…..I wrote about her trip….

Source: Finally, Some Leadership! – In Saner Thought

I like this person…she is a vet, shows courage and is against regime change…..I will get behind anyone from any party that has the courage to stand up against these wars of opportunity that the US seems Hell bent on fighting….

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a rare member of Congress willing to take heat for challenging U.S. “regime change” projects, in part, because as an Iraq War vet she saw the damage these schemes do, as retired Col. Ann Wright explains.

I support Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, going to Syria and meeting with President Bashar al-Assad because the congresswoman is a brave person willing to take criticism for challenging U.S. policies that she believes are wrong.

It is important that we have representatives in our government who will go to countries where the United States is either killing citizens directly by U.S. intervention or indirectly by support of militia groups or by sanctions.

We need representatives to sift through what the U.S. government says and what the media reports to find out for themselves the truth, the shades of truth and the untruths.

Source: Tulsi Gabbard vs. ‘Regime Change’ Wars – Consortiumnews

I agree with the author…I am in support of Rep. Gabbard’s attempts to bring some sanity to all the interventionism running rampant in DC these days.

We need more politicians with courage…as it is we have spineless drones of the M-IC.

I will be watching her and reporting on her activities…..she deserve more exposure….I will try to help….

There Are Spies And Then There Are Spies

From time to time I write for a couple of other sites….mostly on current affairs or international relations…..I appreciate their confidence in me to allow me to write for them.

This is an op-ed that I wrote for Ace News Room……

In the last week there has been a wealth of reports about our spy agencies….CIA, NSA, DNI, etc……

It appears that our new wielder of power has a hard on for our intel community….during the transition word came out that he would revamp the agencies…..

Source: There Are Spies And Then There Are Spies

Art Of Blogging–Personal Touch

From time to time I write about the “Art of Blogging”…..and NO I do not consider myself an expert by any stretch…..but I consider my blogging experience as a success so I decided to give my thoughts about the this form of communication….

I believe that anyone that visits my blog deserves my attention…..yes, I want as many followers and readers as I can get…just like most of us that are doing this experiment……and by attention I am talking about a personal touch.

By personal I mean when they comment I answer each one as uniquely as I can…there are NO canned replies….and when I get word of a new follower I go to their site and leave a thank you message and will follow them as a thank you also….I also try to read their posts…I mean read the whole thing not a title or a paragraph and then comment…..my followers deserve an honest comment/reply……I do not block any comment unless it is disgusting or after requesting more civility they continue being rude or insulting.  And I do not consider those that do not agree with as trolls to be chastised…..I enjoy substantive comments and replies and these deserve the same in return.

Some of my comments may be short but that is because I believe….”why write a novel when a paragraph will do?”….something my grandfather told me many years ago….if you can make your point in 5 words why use any more?

Plus I do not just follow someone to try and improve my stats….of course not everyone thinks this way and that is fine…I do what I think is best for IST….so far my hard work is paying off.

Again I am by NO means an expert at blogging…..the stuff I write about is stuff that seems to work for me and not all of us are the same so “what is good for the goose may not be good for the gander”….all we can do is try.

On a side note….I recently added the translation widget to IST….and since then I have received at least one new follower a day….I cannot say for sure that the widget helped this but I will because it suits me….LOL

Enough said….time to leave the keyboard behind and enjoy my weekend…..I suggest you do the same…..I wish you well and be safe……chuq

Coming Of A Police State?

If you follow the news, and most of the readers of IST do, then you will recall the Ferguson Missouri problems a few years ago…the protests and the reactions……..you will also recall the the police appeared to be a military force confronting the protesters….and this situation has occurred over and over…..the police armed and equipped like a military force…..

Like I said this appears to e the wave of the future……

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to just everywhere.” We should all be cognizant of King’s quote. In the 20th and 21rst centuries, U.S. policies around the world, both economically and militarily, have been questionable at best. They started with the Philippines in the beginning of the 20th century up to the Middle East today. These policies, more often incredibly violent, are coming back to haunt us. An example of this includes the U.S. international policy of “Low-Intensity Conflict” (LIC).

Source: The Militarization of U.S. Police Departments

What got me to thinking along this road was something the Trump said when he was addressing the Chicago wave of violence…..not the quotes about immigrants or thugs or anyhting along those lines….what it was was his statement that he would send in the Feds……”If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds.”

Send in the Feds?  Would that not be something akin to a police state?

It would appear that some of the folks who were hoping that Donald Trump was actually an isolationist “jobs” president, rather than the authoritarian white nationalist with imperial ambitions he clearly showed himself to be on the stump, are now being forced to face reality. Everything he has done since he was inaugurated proves him to be dead serious about unleashing the military and the police to enact his agenda, and he wants the other branches of government to understand that if they obstruct him he’s going to make sure his rabid followers know who to blame.

Source: Donald Trump’s Coming Police State: We Have a President Who Wants Unlimited Power and Won’t Respect the Rule of Law | Alternet

He may not have meant it in the way it was said….but that kind of talk is disturbing.

God I love it when a plan comes together!

Closing Thought–13Feb17

Climate Change!

Today I would like to talk about climate change…..there is a wealth of articles written, research published and opinions ad nauseum……I am going to look at it from my small little slice of this globe…..

I have fruit trees….citrus, plum, peach, fig and olive…..most of these plants need “X” amount of cool to cold weather to make the fruit set for the harvest…..in the past I have harvested really large amounts……especially the plum and the peach….but in the last 5 years crops have been dismal…..with the exception of the citrus…they have loved the warmed temps…..everything else is suffering from these warmer temps…..it sucks!

I personally do not care what is causing it just that it is keeping me from my fresh fruit…..my consumption is way down…that makes for irritated chuq…LOL

Just yesterday we set a new record for that day in February….76 degrees….that sucks when it is still winter!  So that damn woodchuck was full of sh*t as far as my region goes.

Got that off my chest….my day is over and relaxation is the rule for the rest of the day….see you tomorrow and thanx for the visits and the comments they are much appreciated.  Peace out