The Passing of a Playboy

Donal

I’ve been intrigued by the reactions to the death of Hugh Hefner – the founder of Playboy Magazine. Erotica goes back thousands of years on cave walls, in paintings, sketches, and later in woodcuts and engravings. Since the invention of halftone printing there have been magazines like PhotoBits, first published in 1898. Pinup girls like Bettie Page used to pose for such magazines, which were usually sold discreetly to adult men, who usually concealed them. Playboy was the first high-quality, mass market men’s magazine to feature nude pictorials, and the first of the type that many women and children ever saw on the shelves. My father concealed his Playboys, though not very well, but we had neighbors whose parents were less conscientious.

I subscribe to the self-described progressive outfit The Young Turks (TYT), who have one show called, “Old School.” During a recent broadcast founder Cenk Uygur announced Hefner’s…

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Bad Boys, Mean Girls and Normies

Donal

Despite not knowing what it was for, I joined Twitter a few months ago. I don’t tweet much, but I follow people I respect, and read a wider variety of articles. Aussie progressive gadfly Caitlin Johnstone tweeted that, except as concerns Russia, President Trump seems to be caving to the establishment agenda. I decided to circle back to John Robb at Global Guerillas, and in an article from a few days ago, The OODA loop of Trump’s Insurgency has been Smashed, he agreed. OODA means Observe, Orient, Decide, Act:

 … the real uniting goal of Trump’s insurgency was “opposition to a failed establishment.”

That goal held the insurgency that put him in office together, despite gaffes, scandals, leaks, etc that would have ended the political career of any other candidate.  It was also a goal that allowed the insurgency to continue after winning the election.  In most cases, once…

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Kord-Kutting & Kaepernick

Donal

A few days ago on Facebook, one of my brothers “liked” an article showing empty seats during the first week of NFL football. Why? Because he feels that people should stand for the national anthem instead of protesting like Colin Kaepernick and a growing number of players and fans. The article implied that attendance is down because people who think like him are angry, and boycotting the games.

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King has also proposed a boycott of NFL football but for exactly the opposite reason. Like Hank Aaron and a lot of people, King believes that Kaepernick is getting blackballed by the NFL owners for taking a public stance against police killings of black people that in many cases presented no obvious threat. For example: Tamir Rice, a boy playing with a toy gun, John Crawford, a man holding an air rifle he had just picked up…

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Dear US Government

If I could tell our federal government what to do, and what not to do, here would be my list:

Don’t allow US companies to offshore anything just because it’s cheaper.

Do make them hire American workers.  Period.

Don’t allow corporations and super-rich people the ability to send their money to the Cayman Islands, et. al., for investment purposes and to avoid taxes.

Do make them save and spend here, just like the rest of us.

Don’t control schools anymore.  You’ve all done a terrible job of it.

Do allow school choice.  It won’t kill teachers, and it will definitely help students.

Don’t let identity politics and all this crazy gender crap rule the day anymore.

Do allow Johnny to be Jane so long as zhe pays for the sex change operation and doesn’t make us create any stupid laws protecting zim/zer (zhir?  zher?  Oh, fuck, never mind.  Oy.).

Don’t mess with anyone’s religion.  Just don’t.

Don’t allow lobbyists.

Don’t give so-called “think tanks” the time of day.

Just let us be who we are, as we struggle to survive (and hopefully get enough income to pay our bills and taxes and take a vacation now and then without losing our homes).

Just let us be US, without all the crap and costs and stupid stuff that you all keep doing to us, and allowing us to do to you.

 

 

 

Wait, What?

There has been a very interesting progression happening, right before our eyes, in the midst of all the BS that happens every day in American politics.

No, not Trump.

For anyone truly wanting to dig through the weeds as to how and why the “Russian Collusion” story came to be and subsequently got hijacked, there are some compelling facts hidden from your normal average mainstream media outlets (gee, I wonder why?) that are coming to light.

I’m not a big fan of right-wing or left-wing media these days – which makes finding real news extremely difficult, to the say the least – but there are ways for the dreaded Daily Caller to get a story out, and it’s quite a story they have to tell.

Ready?

I’m not going to write a damn thing.

I’m going to, instead, point readers to this simple daily trick that I use.  I google Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and I google Imran Awan.  I also google Hillary but I’m a glutton for punishment.

If you google (or, otherwise search) Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and now and then, throw in Julian Assange, things get thrown together in monthly timelines that I have no patience to piece together, but I can honestly say I’ve been watching since last year.

It’s…interesting.  To say the least.

The narrative that Russia colluded against our election last year was peddled by none other than the Clinton campaign, last year.  But who’s paying attention?

I have links to that, too, but…as I said, who’s paying attention?

 

Hey Now

In case anyone forgot, in the heat of the moment, our duly elected President is our duly elected President.

I’m all for world federation stuff so long as it’s Star Trek I’m watching, on TV,  but so far, we’re still a planet of nations and we’re not quite global yet.

Our nation deserves its voice, and a leader.  A duly-elected leader, which is what Donald Trump is.

You know, I read Real Clear Politics daily.  I like the site, because it gives me news feeds from  both sides, every day.  I like that balanced stuff, because I’m a Libra and I like my news fair and balanced.

I strive to keep an open mind.

I hope everyone does.

But, gosh.  I’m beginning to think there are a lot of open minds out there who might be under some bad influences, and I’m beginning to see a lot of people wanting to tell me that what I’m seeing is influenced by people who want me to see bad things, when in actuality the people I want to trust are just trying to influence me and keep me entertained and get my vote in line every four years.

I’m beginning to feel just plain influenced. And turned off.

And that’s scary.

What I keep faith in is my belief in good people.  People who have worked hard to make good things.

People who have shaped us all, and made us want to be productive.

People who have taught us things and reminded us of things that we might sometimes forget, in the heat of the moment, or in times of desperation.

People like Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, and FDR.

We have a history.  A history of good government, of good governing.

A history of being open-minded, yes. A history of leaders who took new roads when they had to…roads that led us to new places.

That history matters and should teach us to be open to new paths…open to people, and presidents, who want to build new paths.

We have a new president who is building a new path.

Let us give him time to form it.  Let us give him time to show us how he wants to lead us there.

Please, let us try to work with him, instead of against him, in an effort to maintain what is good about us as a country.

Can we at least try to do that, together?

The Angry Blue Planet

Donal

My weekend morning ritual has been to watch reruns of Men Into Space (1959) at 7:30 AM on Comet TV. Although I was completely unaware of the show until a few years ago, I’m sure I would have loved it as a boy. Essentially the show presented space exploration as a serious military project with very little tolerance for any speculative elements and roughly zero dissenting social commentary. The technical aspects seemed real enough for the time, though the space suits are obviously not pressurized. The show revolved around Air Force Colonel Edward McCauley, who was Ward Cleaver in a uniform – an authoritarian, by-the-book officer that always turned out to be right about everything. When not traveling into space, the Colonel and his subordinate officers enjoyed cookouts with their wives and girlfriends, who were extraordinarily attractive despite wearing pointy bras and way too much makeup. On two occasions women…

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Sorry, I Just Have To Speak Up

I am back, and in rare form.

I would like to ask all of you to reach back into your memories and then tell me when you can last recall a former president and a former presidential candidate in the United States ever having behaved the way that Obama and Clinton, respectively, two times each running, have behaved since November of last year.

Add the mainstream media, Hollywood, and certain members of our intelligence agencies into the mix.

Tell me when we have ever seen the likes of the leaks and the pity parties and the potty mouths and the overall hot mess that the Democratic party has become.

This recent piece on Hillary Clinton is intended to keep her relevant, I suppose, yet the photos show me a woman alone, all dressed up, and nowhere to go…in her own office. And then everywhere else, in her own office suite. In the same suit. Alone. Sad!

But seriously, how long is this going to continue? She lost. Trump is POTUS. Let go already.

In my humble opinion, Clinton lost because Clinton was Clinton.  Now she wants to stay relevant, so she’s part of the “Resistance” and not going away in any humble way, shape, form, or liberal media format.

“Resistance.” As if our civil liberties are at stake. No one questions the leaks? No one worries what would happen if the parties were reversed? No one is reading circa.com?

So much is being said about Trump’s possible, alleged collusion with Russia in an attempt to defeat Clinton that no one is hearing about Obama’s possible collusion with our own intelligence agencies to gather intel on political opposition. This is not a concern to United States citizens?

Really?

So, yeah. I’m back. In rare form.

Dueling Conspiracy Theories

Donal

Something happened during the last election. Depending on what news outlets you follow, you probably believe either that candidate Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government, sabotaging the campaign of Hillary Clinton, or that the DNC ordered the assassination of Seth Rich. You may not believe either accusation, and frankly there is no solid proof that either is true. You probably don’t believe both to be true, which is unlikely but still possible, because your media outlets have been presenting these as either-or conspiracy theories.

Seth Rich worked for the Democratic National Committee as a Voter Expansion Data Director. Some people claim he secretly favored Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton.

On 10 July 2016, at about 4 AM, Rich was walking home from a bar in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC NW. (I lived in and around DC until 1990, and never heard of that neighborhood, but in…

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