Don’t Read the News

If you enjoy freaking out and panicking over the state of the world related to COVID-19 then by all means go ahead and read the news.  I often start my lunch break by perusing Google News.  I look through the headlines of the topics I follow and if something catches my interest I’ll open it up in a new tab and save it for later.  Once I’ve gone through the front page I pop on over to those other tabs and start-a-readin’.

In our present global situation though, a quiet little lunchtime activity like that is enough to either make me want to punch everyone on Earth square in the face, or curl up in a ball and cry as the world around me collapses into anarchy.  Yeah, both alternatives sound like so much fun.

In one article I read a few minutes ago, the Governor of New York said that things are falling apart much faster than anticipated.  He said the Federal Government (I don’t recall which agency) has a stockpile of about 20,000 respirators.  New York estimates they need 30,000.  The Feds (I think he said FEMA) agreed to send 400.  Four Hundred.

Who was it, the Lt Governor of Texas, I think, who yesterday said that grandparents are willing to die in order to save the US economy.  Really.  I am not kidding you.  Some numb nuts actually said that.  The nerve… the gall… the stupidity.  I said it in a post yesterday and I’ll say it again.  These fascists clearly care more about giving money to billionaires than they do about the lives of the people who put them in their offices.  Their constituents are worth less to them then their bank balance.  If that isn’t evil, then what is?

A few weeks ago I got into a minor online argument with a maga cult member who swore that electing a socialist like Joe Biden… as if Joe Biden had a socialist bone in his body… would burn down the entire country.  As of this moment, there is a bill being hammered out in the US Legislature that is by all accounts near completion that will see the US government send checks of $2400 to married couples, with an additional $500 per child.  Funny… I don’t hear those maga cult members I was arguing with complaining about socialism now.  Now that the high priest of fascism, the cheeto himself has come out in favor of this plan.  Is socialism no longer the devil that you swore it was?  How does that work?  Is it not socialism if a republican does it?  Hypocrites.

Okay, I’m done with the news today.  I’m going to put my headphones back on and listen to podcasts about Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead.  After that, maybe some prog rock.  Probably no blues today… my heart can’t really take that right now.

Wash your damn hands.

 

Their Money or Your Life

Trump and his collaborators are talking about ending the stay at home coronavirus response so that people will go back to work and the economy will recover.

If you thought for a second that your life was more important to them than their donors’ money then you are as big a moron as they think you are.

Boycott

I’m not watching the State of the Union tonight.  The Union I used to know is gone.  What we used to call the Nazi party and now call the Republican party has taken over and removed the Constitution.

I am wondering one thing though… what’s the over/under on Trump having Pelosi arrested during his sham of a speech?

Aren’t You Proud

Aren’t you proud to be an American today (assuming you, dear reader, live in the United States.  If not, just roll with it)?

Today’s the day.  Today’s the day the Constitution gets used as toilet paper and flushed down the proverbial toilet.

First the Senate refused to hold confirmation for a presidential appointee for the Supreme Court.

Then the people of the United States elected a fascist to the white house.

Now the fascist has been impeached by the House of Representatives and the US Senate is going to rubber stamp the fascist’s desired outcome for the impeachment trial.

The President of the United States of America has been impeached for, among other things, coercing a foreign government into interfering in a Presidential election and the Senate impeachment trial is going to proceed without either side being able to call witnesses.

What do you call a country where the outcome of criminal trials are pre-determined based on political party membership?  A dictatorship?  A fascist regime?  I’m not sure, but you most definitely do not call it a democracy, that is for certain.  The rule of law doesn’t apply to you if you are a member of the right political party.  The Constitution of the United States of America does not apply to you if you are a member of the right political party.

We should all start rehearsing our nazi salutes, because that’s where we are headed right now.  Everyone take your personal copy of the Constitution and throw it in the trash.  That is much more polite than what #MidnightMitch McConnell is doing.  He took his copy of the Constitution, crumpled it up into a ball, shoved it up his ass, covered it with shit, and then flushed it down the toilet.

God Bless America, let fascism reign.

Representative Brian Mast (R-FL) is an Idiot – May 7, 2017 Edition

https://twitter.com/aravosis/status/860240955311624194

This one isn’t as bad as yesterday’s fascist collaborator moron in Congress video, but it’s got me just as pissed off.  Give it a view, it’s a quickie.

Congressman, how do you know that this bill isn’t going to destroy the lives of millions of people seeing as there was no analysis done on it by any economic or medical groups at all and there is zero evidence to show that anything it says will even come close to doing anything it’s supposed to?

“I know.”

I know things too, you fucking piece of dog shit.  I know you just raped millions of constituents in order to line the pockets of the super rich.  Hey congressman from Florida, how many of your voters are on medicaid?  You know medicaid, that thing you just gutted?  Who bought you, congressman?  Who bought your vote?  Which fascists do you answer to now?

Enjoy your stay in the US House of Representatives.  It will come to an abrupt end in just under two years.

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) is an Unimaginable Schmuck – May 6, 2017 Edition

Watch this.  Beware though, you are about to see a demonstration of utter stupidity that cannot be fathomed.  Watch it anyway.

 

During a town hall meeting one of his constituents happened to mention that people will die without health insurance.  He responded by saying that no one dies from not having access to healthcare.

This friggin’ schmuck actually said that.  You alt-right fascist apologists can’t call this one fake news because it’s right there on video.  I heard it with my own ears.  This guy said the single dumbest thing I have ever heard a politician utter.  No one dies from not having access to healthcare.

Tell me, Congressman Labrador, you insulting piece of shit, what would happen to my step son if he didn’t have access to healthcare?  He’s a type one diabetic and needs insulin to live.  What would happen to him?

Tell me, Congressman Labrador, you mental midget, what would have happened to my mother if, when she developed a brain tumor, she had not had access to the healthcare that saved her life?  Tell me, you fucking tool.  Tell me what would have happened to her.

Voters in Idaho.  Come the mid-term election, you know what to do.  Kick this despicable schmuck out of office.  Send his moron ass packing.  We’re counting on you.

Distract Me

I want to be able to set up my guitar rig to run two amplifiers at once.  I need an A/B/Y switch with a phase inverter and a ground loop lift.  This looks perfect.

I want to be able to record one of the band’s upcoming shows.  I had a method in place to record rehearsals on two tracks for stereo.  One mic on the bass amp, one on the guitar amp, two on the drums.  We already had three vocal mics, but at practice I was just taking the mono out of the PA head to cover all three voices.  I don’t want to record a gig that way.  I want to record each mic onto it’s own track so that I can mix it later.  That means I need to find a way to get seven separate audio tracks into GarageBand (or maybe Logic?) simultaneously.  That means I need a new USB interface that can handle more than two inputs.  This looks perfect.

I want to learn a new programming language.  My wife and I are thinking that Ruby would be a lot of fun to learn.  I am going to set up Ruby school a couple of nights a week and we are going to learn it together.  Before we start though, we need a text book to work through.  O’Reilly usually publishes great programming books.  This might be perfect.

There are good, healthy reasons for me to want to do all of these things, as well as many more.  I want to better myself.  I want to learn new things.  All good reasons.

There’s one other reason though…

If I am working on projects like this, I won’t be thinking about how our fascist president has attacked two countries during his three months in office, and now he’s threatening to attack a third, and moving troops to face off with a fourth.

If I’m mixing a recording of the band, I won’t be thinking about how the world is about to end.

Sean Spicer Needs to Lose His Job – 4/11/17 Edition

I can’t even put it into words.  The level of stupidity is beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed by a public speaker before.  It’s astounding.  I have a hard time believing it, really.

To say that Adolf Hitler never used chemical weapons… Is Zyklon B not a chemical?  Is it not a weapon?  Is that what Mr Spicer was trying to say when he continually argued his point?  Then to say Hitler never used chemical weapons on his own people?  How many dead German Jews does it take before one accepts that he used chemical weapons on his own people?  One Thousand?  One Million?  What’s the definition, Sean?  Please share your reasoning with the rest of the Nation.

This is unforgivable.  The fact that the fascist piece of shit president didn’t fire him IMMEDIATELY tells us all we really need to know about this administration, doesn’t it?

I can’t believe that this happened today.  During Passover, no less.  I can’t believe this is what has become of my country.