To the Beach we Go!

Hey kids, let’s take a trip to the beach. Holy Crap!! This is a day at the beach in China. Hope we can find a parking spot within 20 miles. I’m looking, but I can’t find any facilities. You know, outhouses, bathrooms. Just imagine.

HuffPo is Coloured Blind

Huffpost headline today read, Glenn Beck: Term ‘Colored’ Is ‘Not A Bad Thing,’ ‘African American’ Is ‘Ridiculously Stupid’.

Oh my goodness. What a racist Beck is. I always knew it. This just proves it. Is that what we’re suppose to think now?

Funny, but I thought when you quote someone it goes; Quote, full sentence, close Quote. Oh yeah, it does, unless the author, Katherine Fung was trying to take several different quotes & piece them together to achieve the indictment she desired. That couldn’t have been the HuffPo’s motivation, could it? Damn straight it was!

Well, I heard the whole exchange & if one bothered to listen to it before reporting on it, one would understand how funny it was in it’s absurdity. Beck & Gray were broadcasting from South Africa the day following his final “Restoring Courage” event.

Glenn actually said, “Pat, correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t you feel ridiculously stupid everywhere in Africa, in Europe, in South America, in Jerusalem, when you would say the words African-American?”

Pat: “Oh, yeah. Because it doesn’t apply there.”

Stu: “Such a great point: What are you supposed to say? What is the acceptable term?”

Glenn goes on to say that it’s either black or colored. He (Beck) didn’t coin those terms. Those are the descriptives used in South Africa & not just by whites, but everyone. So, I guess they’re all rascists.

I happen to agree. That would sound awefully silly outside the United States. I think it sounds ridiculous inside the U.S. as well, but I already did a piece on the Hyphenated American.

As an aside, the next time someone calls themselves an African-American, ask from where in Africa they hail.

Joke du Jour

One day, while a blonde was out driving her car, she ran into a truck.

The truck’s driver made her pull over into a parking lot and get out of the car.

He took a piece of chalk and drew a circle on the pavement. He told her to stand in the middle and not leave the circle.

Furious, he went over to her car and slashed the tires.

The blonde started laughing.

This made the man angrier so he smashed her windshield.

This time the blonde laughed even harder.

Livid, the man broke all her windows and keyed her car.

The blonde is now laughing hysterically, so the truck driver asks her what’s so funny.

The blonde giggles and replies, “When you weren’t looking, I stepped out of the circle three times!”

They Came for Me

Most everyone recalls Martin Niemoller’s original saying regarding the Nazi takeover.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me–
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Few, however, recall that the Nazi Party didn’t come to prominence with goon squads & force. That came later, when there was no one left to speak out. Early on the Nazis & communists worked together against the Bourgeois. The red in the Nazi flag was a tip of the cap, as it were, to communists, as if to say, “Come join us, we’re just like you”. It wasn’t until the Nazi party took over that they started the “join or die” platform. You know – like ISIS.

Well, it’s happening again. The Arab Spring, European unrest, riots, flash mobs. The Union rallies & protests. The rampant expansion of anti-Semitism. Communists are suddenly coming out of the woodwork. Egypt has a Nazi party. Radical Islam is taking over the Middle East and Africa.

Now, granted, there appears to be more factions involved this time vying for supremacy. Not true. It’s the same old same old. If we don’t stand up & speak out, one of these factions, or a conglomeration of several, will become powerful enough to cause real problems.

They are coming for the Rich. They are coming for the corporations. They come for the religious. They come for the Tea Party. They organize the organized (unions). They organize the disorganized (flash mobs). They threaten to shut us down until they get their way.

I predict this will not end well. You, I, everyone, will have to choose sides. Choose the light or choose the dark side. It may not seem like the dark side now, but as it manifests itself, even the blind will be able to see it. I hope I’m wrong about all of this but I fear I’m not.

Illegal is not Illegal (evidently)

Alabama’s new anti-illegal immigration law has been stayed, as it were, by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn. It is just a temporary stay so that she may study the more than 70 page bill more thoroughly. It’s only 70 pages? Shouldn’t a good bill be like 2000 pages? Anyway, I’m not sure that’s a good thing. I guess it is better than simply declaring it unconstitutional. Similar laws have been passed in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Federal judges already have blocked all or parts of the laws in those states. Good for them(he said facetiously)!

The first thing I do when a ruling like this takes place is to research who appointed her. This time it was George H W Bush. Not a conservative by any stretch but at least not Carter or Clinton.

Among the tenets, the law would require schools to verify the citizenship status of students, but it wouldn’t prevent illegal immigrants from attending public schools. Huh? Then what’s the point in knowing their status? Maybe to issue them additional benefits? The law also would make it a crime to knowingly assist an illegal immigrant by providing them a ride, a job, a place to live or most anything else – a section that church leaders fear would hamper public assistance ministries. What’s a public assistance ministry? I probably don’t want to know. It would just tick me off more.

While the Obama administration contends the state law conflicts with federal immigration law, state Senator Scott Beason [R-Gardendale] contends the federal government isn’t doing its job enforcing immigration laws. First, the Feds are NOT doing their job and second, who is surprised the administration is against it. The last one (Bush-43) wasn’t much better.

My recollection is we have several thousand federal laws regarding immigration and the procedures for handling illegals. I venture to say that almost none of them are adhered to.

Illegal means forbidden by law or statute. It’s cut & dry. If the feds can’t or more apt, won’t do their job, I believe it is the States responsibility to do it in their stead.

Star has a Bad Day

I Love this Stuff!

From The Blaze:

Back in March, NASA scientists observed a huge cosmic blast in the the constellation Draco. The events that followed were a mystery to them, until now.

They have now confirmed that X-rays and gamma rays observed by NASA’s Swift satellite were the result of a black hole consuming a nearby star in another galaxy.

According to Space.com, until now scientists had only witnessed the aftermath of stars being consumed by black holes, and that this event is helping them understand ”relativistic jets,” bursts of matter that shoot out at nearly the speed of light. Scientists say these observations could help them identify similar outbursts.

At the time when initial observations were being made, astronomers said the blast was unusual because the gamma ray bursts lasted longer than similar events:

Usually, gamma-ray bursts mark the destruction of a massive star, but flaring emission from these events never lasts more than a few hours.

According to NASA, this is what scientists concluded in the months following:

As a star falls toward a black hole, it is ripped apart by intense tides. The gas is corralled into a disk that swirls around the black hole and becomes rapidly heated to temperatures of millions of degrees.

The innermost gas in the disk spirals toward the black hole, where rapid motion and magnetism creates dual, oppositely directed “funnels” through which some particles may escape. Particle jets driving matter at velocities greater than 80-90 percent the speed of light form along the black hole’s spin axis. In the case of Swift J1644+57, one of these jets happened to point straight at Earth.

Below is a simulation, not the real thing:

Below is another visual:

Attribution: Liz Klimas

Went to visit a Hurricane

Well, not really. It’s been classified as a Tropical Storm by now. I decided to take a run out to the beach to see if there was any action. Big surf, high winds. I didn’t expect much & wasn’t disappointed. It was a lot of fun. Had to be at least 60 MPH sustained winds & it wasn’t raining at all. It ain’t exactly Hawaii, but better surf than we usually get up here in New England. Maybe I’m just a kid at heart but it was a blast having to fight against the wind just to stay upright. All in all a pretty fun experience. My condolences to those south of us that may have taken it on the chin.