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Both Versions of Nothing Compares 2 U

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Just for fun heres BOTH versions of Prince written “Nothing Compares to You”

 

and the Sinead O’Connor Version

 

both are great, comments enabled!

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Truman and the Bomb-The Illusion of Choice

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We all know the story, on a day in August the Atomic Age began when a lone B-29 Superfortress named the Enola Gay destroyed most of the city of Hiroshima with a single bomb.

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The man who ordered the strike, new United States President Harry S Truman, had little choice. The war in the Pacific had started bad and gotten worse. While his predecessor, Franklin Roosevelt had put the country in a position where it couldn’t lose, it was not quite ready to win yet either.

Truman, a Great War Artillery Soldier, probably had heard of the theory of an atomic bomb but to find out the US had a few functioning ones was surely a mind blowing revelation. After a couple of days wrapping his mind around the concept he had to consider a bunch of other thorny issues too.

The idea that the bomb would be dropped on a city that was mostly military in nature was the idea, but lets face it a city is a city. Cities are full of women and children and all manner of non combatants.  So it was going to be a punishing and cruel strike.

That the Americans couldn’t lose the war was pretty obvious to the Imperial Japanese. Theyd bitten off more than they could chew and after stunning initial success the US had pounded them into near submission. Still, they were game to keep fighting. They were never going to win but they weren’t as close to the brink of defeat as some historians like to say. They could have held out for a couple of more years at the expense of their civilians if their own crazy plans are any indication. And just because they were now less of a threat we weren’t about to just walk away with a simple apology. Too much had happened. This was WAR!

How could a Japanese nation shattered by years of total war still be in the game? The Empire had become ruthless even to it’s own. There were soldiers, child soldiers, suicide soldiers, child suicide soldiers and everything in between.

Some historians have argued that the dropping of the Atomic Bomb was an unnecessary slaughter. While it’s a compelling argument the facts are Truman’s hands were tied and cuffed on this. The reasons Truman had no choice but to drop the Bomb range from the mundane to the sublime and only really made sense in 1945.

Here’s a few of the hard facts the Anti-Truman Anti-Bomb Historians are overlooking.

Several Paths to a Bomb

Dropping the bomb is viewed as the biggest decision of 1945, the truth is dropping the bomb was the biggest decision of every year from the moment the war starts.

Everyone is aware we had two bombs, Fat Man and Little Boy. What gets lost is that these bombs, and the third path Germany follows for a while using Heavy Water, required completely different teams and parallel facilities. Even better, no one can say for sure in 1941 that any of them would actually work. Early on it looked like the German method seems best, probably because they had something of a head start.

Here’s where the German’s really squander their Human Capital with Racist Theories. The Heavy Water guys were just the ones who passed racial muster. The rest of the people working on atomic power in Germany were jewish or just hated the Nazi’s and split. There’s a whole book in how Hitler lost the war just by chasing away the geniuses who would produce the American Bomb (with much notable help).

Franklin Roosevelt shows amazing judgement and immense resolve. Hearing of the possibilities and potential of an Atomic Bomb he first tosses the Heavy Water method away out of hand. He then greenlights TWO development projects; one for each remaining bomb making method. He couldn’t care less about the costs; he was scared of the Germans making one first! So like a shrewd gambler he split his hand and doubled down. It worked, but only after years of money sucking trials and work. Not everyone loved this idea, but FDR was a badass. He put the Manhattan Project in motion.

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The Manhattan Project cost no less than 2 BILLION dollars in 1945. This would be about 27 Trillion dollars according to the inflation calculator I found.

What does this mean? Well we would never have been short of things like advanced landing craft for the Pacific Island Hopping campaigns. A not that small convoy of aircraft carriers covered with attack planes, or literally many hundreds of destroyers!

Maybe the only reason so much money was spent on one project was simply because more money wouldn’t have cranked anything out any faster. Industrial capacity was pretty well maximized.

Japan’s Last Gambit Backfires

Fortune favors to the brave, or so the Imperial Japanese thought. The sheer bravery, gallantry isn’t the word, of the Japanese in the closing months of the war was on the upswing despite the situation. As the US waged its planned penultimate invasion, in Okinawa, the Empire pulled out all the stops.

The thinking of the Imperial Military High Command and the Emperor was that a decisive engagement was needed before negotiations could begin or Japan would get terrible terms. So they threw the kitchen sink at the Americans.

Okinawa made Normandy look easy. Unmitigated slaughter pretty much covers it.  You’re chances of surviving Normandy were also a whole lot better no matter where or when you landed. Instead of a Longest Day many Interminable Weeks passed.

The Imperial Japanese shocked the already hardcore Americans with savage waves of kamikaze attacks. While not new the scale increased dramatically. The Japanese fought like there was no tomorrow because in fact there wasn’t any. Their desperate hope- to scare the Americans into generous peace terms by warring harder than ever, is as crazy and doomed as it sounds.

On the island the landings were initially unopposed, that soon changed as casualties began to mount. The Imperial Navy joined in the kamikaze spirit and suffered incredible losses.

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The USS Bunker Hill after being hit by  2 Kamikazes in 30 seconds

Any decent documentary on Okinawa provides plenty of oral histories from American and Japanese survivors attesting to the savagery of the battle. Most accounts speak of a blurring of the lines between civilians and soldiers that sounds more like Vietnam horror stories than anything from World War Two. Civilians had been militarized and that included the children I mentioned earlier. It was estimated about 150,000 citizens would participate in resistance. Having seen the child soldiers in Europe no one was in the mood for that again.

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Japanese Civilians geeting pathetic but serious training

The Americans found nothing but unsettling things on Okinawa. Death ran rampant among the US ranks, taking even noted war journalist Ernie Pyle during the operation.  A mass of civilian suicides was witnessed by many Americans. One man suicide subs and other crazy last resort weapons turned up and had their desired effect without being used- they scared the Hell out of the American brass.

The endless storm of kamikaze’s cant be understated. In one engagement 2 hit the carrier Bunker Hill in 30 seconds. It was only saved by the sheer heroism of her crew.  And many other ships fared much worse.  At times the Navy was in danger of not being able to fully support the landings. Expectations had to be scaled back as the Japanese gut punched and groin kicked America over and over, putting the giant on the ropes but never knocking him out. Finally, punched out and exhausted the Americans summoned and dealt a knock out blow then took a breath.

Despite ultimately achieving victory, between Okinawa’s D-Day on April 1st til they finally ‘won’ on June 22nd the Americans (and their Allies such as their were) suffered 50,000 casualties. The Japanese lost 100,000 in military deaths alone.

The Japanese High Command had achieved what they wanted. The Americans couldn’t have been more scared. That much they predicted correctly, how the Americans would handle it was something they didn’t do quite so good a job at predicting from their foe.

Firestorms From The Sky

The Air War against Japan benefitted from a new invention in 1945, napalm.  This coincided with the Japanese decentralizing their war manufacturing across entire cities. So we burned those cities to ash. The civilian casualties in these raids was astronomical. We had done stuff as bad in Europe, but only a couple of times. We sort of went crazy on the Japanese. Hey, we thought we were going to invade! The firebomb attacks produce staggering civilian casualty levels, some higher than the atomic attacks. Despite this their High Command and Cabinet were still looking for terms.

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B-29’s Firebombing Tokyo

By the middle of 1945 the US had Air Superiority if not Air Supremacy all over the islands of Japan and the surrounding waters. The city buster campaign was highly successful. It didn’t, however, stop the Japanese from fighting back as best they could and it definitely wasn’t getting them to feel bad enough for their own people to surrender.

With Okinawa fallen rather than make a realistic peace-offering the Japanese war cabinet was thinking about terms as insane as trying their own war criminals. They don’t have what they once had but they could still keep the Kamikaze’s coming and other crazy and scary attack methods as doomed as they were novel. From the US perspective things had just gotten worse. The writing was on the wall; we had to take the home islands to end this thing.

So don’t let anyone tell you they were trying in good faith to get things we ultimately gave them. This was a society fracturing. It’s cities are in ruins, everyone knows someone whose died. The government was getting by on sheer patriotism and the peoples fear and hatred of the Americans (who were actually destroying their cities all the time).

And then there was the way the war against Japan was sold to the American people.

 

 US Homefront Propaganda and Mindset

The two biggest things bought to the surface by the War were America’s festering racism problem that coexisted with a general sense of shared sacrifice.

Throughout the war the United States Government had asked the people of America to sacrifice. People were getting by better than in Europe and probably better than during the Depression, but there was privation. Add to this the non stop Patriotic propaganda they were subjected to no matter what movie they went to. The average American felt like they had a stake in the war even if no one they really knew was fighting (unlikely).

Meanwhile FDR was a great president who will forever wear the shame of locking up a bunch of Americans (the west coast Japanese) for the way they were born. And he set the tone. Racism was in the air as our segregated military went out to fight even bigger racists.

While we ended up winning, World War Two can best be described as a total fucking disaster where the brutality was unprecedented. The US is only in for three and a half years, but its a bloodbath every minute. It strained the institutions. While mostly benevolent FDR serving four terms alone shows how strained things were in America. Closer to home, telegrams from the War Department informing of the loss of a friend or loved one were a feared but daily reality.

By 1945 people in America are simply pissed.  Everyone remembered December 7th 1941, when it seemed like it we were definitely going to lose and fast! Cautious optimism was budding, but fear the Japanese had a few more tricks up their sleeve or could turn the tables again were real and rampant.

Starting from the ineptitude of Pearl Harbor and MacArthur’s initial inaction blowing up on him the war in the Pacific was complicated by outright racism of the kind usually ascribed to 19th century British Colonial Commands. They just did not respect the enemy like they did the Germans. The Germans were shown as a bunch of crazy hostile people. The Japanese were shown as a bunch of crazy hostile ANIMALS.

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The America of 1945 had to be lived in to truly comprehend, but it was a world with very little air conditioning. Heat could be a problem too. The three biggest bargains (aside from booze) was vaudeville, a baseball game (if you lived in the right city) or the movies. All cost about the same and lasted several hours. The theaters were heated and air conditioned. And you bought a ticket to watch movies all day sometimes, especially on the weekends.

From the cartoons in at the beginning to the newsreels that presaged our modern TV news the War and anti-Enemy propaganda was there. Imagine a day like this- about 11 you hit the movie theater. They show a Bugs Bunny or Disney cartoon themed to the war, sometimes its racist as all Hell. Thats a half hour of fun. Then perhaps a brief recruiting film. Then there would be a newsreel showing American winning but dying and suffering none the less. The an episode of “Why We Fight”, perhaps  the most sophisticated piece of American Homefront Propaganda. Then you might see “Back to Bataan” or any number of mediocre patriotic wallet openers for the pitch for War Bonds. Then a second movie, hopefully escapist, though its still going to feature the war as a trying but just cause. Think “It’s a Wonderful Life” or even “Mr Lucky”, which is a guilt trip to motivate slick guys and semi criminals to change their ways and join the military for the big win. Hollywood went to war too.

Harry Truman doesn’t seem to massively disagree with what Hollywood put out there, though he was sort of less racist than say Trump is now in his speeches and interviews for sure. He probably largely agreed with Hollywood’s image of the Japanese but had the perspective of knowing we’re not going to lose from the moment he takes office. He also knows Japan just isn’t quite done and isn’t really on the brink of defeat short of a costly invasion.

He couldn’t escape the problem of how differently the two wars were sold. For one thing the Germans were shown as the greater threat. Americans were wondering “FDR had beat the formidable Nazi evil geniuses and their army of Supermen; what was taking Truman so long with the second rate Japanese? They can’t see well and are no match physically for the average American anyway!” (per the military and Hollywood).  Their image of being strange with crazy religious beliefs was just the way it was by the end of the war.

And they were also shown as vicious. It was a different world. I’m not saying it was right but hey, there was a national paranoia from the beginning of the war where it looks like we will likely lose!

Then there’s the real atrocities. Its a different blog post for another time. The bottom line is with few exceptions the Imperial Japanese were very bit as mean and murderous as the Nazis. They were had initially sort of modeled their government on 19th century Britain but they had imposed fascism onto it.

In fact if you think of the Japanese as modelling themselves on the British around World War Two its a great fit. They had an island nation so the analogy worked. They model their navy on the British to a point and definitely their foreign policy. So they run around Asia for like 13 years just massacring and oppressing people.

The bad treatment as we all know extended to torturing and killing US prisoners they had taken. Some escaped with harrowing tales. Proof had surfaced in the States and the brutality of the Japanese is well documented. It wasn’t really a delusion. Their own War Crimes Trials show they were heartless murderers who couldnt be bothered to control their thug soldiers.

So if you were sitting in Yankee Stadium or Ebbets Field that August you would see countless servicemen. You were hit up for War Bonds on the way in I’m sure. The guy next to you shared a few sips of booze while you flagged down the beer guy (in American League  Stadiuns only!) and you talked about the war between batters. And everyone hated the Japanese and wanted it over tomorrow. And every person in that stadium agreed that it was better to kill 200 thousand “Japs” than lose even one more American. It was a lot like right after 9-11 when we would have preferred peace but since we had been attacked  we were all like ‘fuck them’ for awhile.

Truman’s Stark Reality – Impeachment 

In Washington new American president Truman found out about the Manhattan Project when FDR dies. From all accounts he struggled to understand it at first and basically spent the time it took to figure out he didnt really need to know how it worked to use it.

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Truman in 1945

Then he got hit with a price tag so huge that figuring out the Bomb was childs play compared to justifying the Manhattan Project to the country! With the Germans beyond the brink of collapse the opportunity to use it in Europe was a razor thin series of weeks where the Germans are so finished it was judged unneccessary, and cruel by Eisenhower. It was a non issue.

Japan however, well they were unleashing the sort of tactics the Germans had fallen to at the very end, suicidal child soldiers, and worse. The war in Europe was much worse in the East, but the US had taken a beating from the Nazis and their allies all the same. No one was going to think that trillions of dollars more in conventional equipment wouldnt have saved lives. To be fair we probably could have unleashed so much tactical air support on Normandy  every unit on the ground could have had a squadron of P-51 Mustangs tasked right to it with the kind of money we’re talking about. So there’s that – it’s the Biggest Single Project the US Government would attempt until the Moon Landing but bigger, costlier and much faster.  And deadlier.

Had he not dropped the bomb he surely would have been impeached. It would have been after a likely horrible and costly invasion of Japan and a much different Occupation than that which came to pass. It could have taken years to pacify!

Truman was following a legend as president, but he himself had some image problems when it came to his apparent intelligence not seen again til George W Bush.  Following Hendrix at Woodstock would have been easier. Congress would have ruminated on the Decision not to drop the Bomb and history would be different.  Truman would have been the first American President Impeached and maybe even locked up! There’s no way this doesn’t go through Truman’s head.

And then there’s the Russians. The Red Scare hasnt started quite yet but he’s found out he’s got Russian spies in the mix. After watching Stalin waste hundreds of thousands of lives in the final months of the war, when victory was in hand (but the Germans werent quite ready to lose!) Truman was seeing Stalin as a crazy butcher. The Battle of Berlin alone is a slaughter that shocks the Western Allies.

So Truman at this point views Stalin as a guy who doesn’t even care about his own people, and he’s getting a little frisky in the aftermath of the European war. Truman didnt know Stalin was aware of the bomb, but he knew news of the bomb, used or not would get out. He was probably afraid that if he seemed too compassionate Stalin would literally jerk him around and maybe act more aggressively than he already was. So that was it, he was gonna drop that bomb and show Stalin he was no loser while maybe dusting off the Japanese once and for all. If he tried and the Japanese still wouldn’t give up the public wouldn’t blame him.

He didn’t know yet he would become the president with the very lowest approval ratings in Gallup History, but he surely knew his hold on power was tenuous.  While not power mad Truman had plans to win an election his own down the road (which he does).

Getting Impeached for fucking up the end of a War people felt was all but won and just wanted over didn’t figure in to Truman’s plans.

The Scrapped Invasion

Crazy MacArthur was keen to invade the Japanese mainland. He probably was pissed when the Bomb makes the invasion unnecessary. There’s some evidence he was looking to use a whole bunch of bombs to sock his way through the island nation. He already had a careless attitude towards WMD’s that would cost him his job in Korea (after another failure to defend properly despite intelligence).

Theres been so much written about the Invasion, and the outright fear of doing it, that I’m not going to talk about it much. The term half million men lost has been thrown around. Lets say we got off easy and it was only 100 thousand, thats your backdrop to the Truman Impeachment Hearing that absolutely happens if he tries this without using the Bomb first.

So he picked up the phone and said “Dammit, drop that thing that blows the fuck out of a city on the rotten bastards!” (or something close to that)

After the Bomb

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The Japanese War Cabinet still can’t get it together enough to surrender. They had to be hit again with another bomb and see their society cracking right in front of them before they just finally give up. Thats sort of the final spoke in any argument about the bomb. It says a lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What the Fuck is Palantir?

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Mark Zuckerberg’s simulacra spoke to congress today.  It was tasked with explaining how 80 million Facebook users data was misappropriated and weaponized to help elect Trump and other disturbing ends via use of Military Predictive Software on civilians. Aside from making everyone misty about Tom from MySpace he essentially came off like a prototype for Star Trek’s Mr Data.

Oh yeah and we might have seen the birth and documentation of some new form or War Crime against all of us with Facebook used as a carrier for nematode-like data-mining. Metamorphizing when activated by someone who wants to know what their Jedi name would be (or any number of other stupid quiz topics) it finds and weaponizes every little thing that Palantir wants to know.

One thing that came up in an ominous way, and something Zuckerberg lied about not knowing about, was a Tech Data Company using the Tolkien term Palantir as its name. So who the Fuck are these Palantir Technologies people?

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Saruman using his Palantir in movie Fellowship of the Ring

Something of a “Cambridge Analytica” in its own right the company name is from the Lord of the Rings. The Palantir are several magical bowling bowl sized stone orbs that allow the holders to speak from distance provided they have the Right and the Will to use the them. If you’re not that worthy or willful you can be twisted and changed by using it to contact someone who has more power than you. In the books it’s the downfall of a one time good guy when he uses one to try to deal with the ultimate bad guy, Sauron. After a couple of conversations with Sauron the good guy, Saruman, is broken and becomes an agent of Evil. So they basically named themselves after a malignant form of communication that undermines ones individuality.  So at least false advertising not a claim we can put against them, right?

That Zuckerberg was unaware of Palantir is sort of hard to believe considering it was the property of Pay-Pal Co-Founder, Facebook investor and Trump-Lovin’ MAGA Hat owner, Peter Thiel (Billionaire!).  Now that I have some idea what they’re all about I would have denied it too.

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Founded in 2004 seems they start out selling their services to the US Military to predict terrorist and insurgent behavior. Apparently they had enough success at this that by 2013 they manage to sell these same services to the Los Angeles Police Department to predict crime.

In a moment of true perception the The Guardian published an article that compared them to the Powerful but Flawed Pre-Crime Computers from the Philip K Dick science fiction tale “Minority Report”.  The writer referenced the movie several times. Truth is the people from Palantir look good when they can identify crime hot spots, but they start playing god by unscrupulously re-selling the data to the highest bidder, or it seems, to any bidder.

A company so secretive that in 2013 they had no office, just something in Palo Alto called a SCIF. Consider it a situation room for aspiring Bond Villains as the Palantir people start to dive deeper and deeper into murky corners of our data footprints that speak to its algorithms.

It’s time to consider that people have been killed or thrown in jail by data and predictions from the Palantir people. Maybe they all deserved it. Certainly the jailed individuals had their day in court but the point is Palantir isn’t involved in small stakes operations. They will take money to make predictions that will then have a direct effect on things like where Military or Police resources get allocated. Thats a big deal.

So next Palantir is using methods gleaned from the occupation of Iraq and in West Coast US Law Enforcement to predict and shape behavior with a bunch of innocuous looking quizzes that you or your friends might be tempted to take on Facebook.

Trojan Horse doesnt begin to cover it (and has a tech connotation all its own anyway) but through a series of deceptive underhanded moves enabled by the allegedly naive Facebook people they decide they have enough to determine the outcome of an election. In it purely for the money they probably broke a bunch of laws in spirit as well as substance.

This being a mercantilist society the Palantir people did what the machine gun people did. They looked for new markets for their military product. Dressed up as the same sort of lucky break that improved all video games the moment the Cold War ends and frees tech minds from military tasks the Palantir people cynically dove in to any platform they could exploit.

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Zuckerberg (or his Replicant)

So they turned to Facebook. Facebook was focused on all the wrong threats, like denial of service attacks and to their credit it seems theyve never fallen victim to one of consequence. Rather than a fake profile Trolling approach the Palantir people simply break in and take everything they want by exploiting ambiguities in the Facebook user agreement and vulnerabilities in the Facebook code. Since they were throwing Russian money at Zuckerberg with a snowshovel, possibly through shell corporations, he didn’t think too hard or look too deeply at what the Palantir people were doing. Now, if we’re to believe Mr Data, he’s sorry he was so naive.

Had Palantir acquired the information with binoculars through a window looking at your desk no cop would take “But the drapes were open” as an excuse for fraud and being a Peeping Tom. Thats the Gray Area in a nutshell. Since theres no Internet Law Enforcement Agency they just went ahead and did it. It’s probably going to end up being something illegal in the future, once our lawmakers learn to use smartphones!

Will they be stopped? If they are it wont be soon, and theres already lots of damage. The Palantir peoples model may not be perfect, theres a lot yet to be found out about them, but they had enough insight to be part of the 10 for 10 in Toss Up states record Trump had on election night.

The micro-targeting and emotional manipulation they unleashed on Facebook users may have been enough to change things. If it changed eve one state it made Trump President.

The people from Palantir are not unlike Saruman, the once good Wizard who abuses the eponymous magic Palantir in Lord of the Rings. They were able to put on a pleasing voice and seduce people into clicking away their data (and that of their friends). At the end of the final book Saruman meets his end at the hands of one of his henchmen after nearly destroying the once pristine homeland of the Hobbits, which he turned into a Middle Earth version of the Warsaw Ghetto.

The Real World Palantir Corporation may just be done in by congress for wrecking America and it’s still to be determined the level of damage they have done and what the Fuck they are up to now.

 

John Bolton Could be Fired Before He Even Starts

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While John Bolton might be the worst influence possible on the new truly unrestrained Trump there’s still 48 hours before he starts. In that time he has a couple of mountains to climb. The whole thing so far has been about as stable and well thought out as a Meth Binge. So what’s hanging over Bolton’s head?

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For starters? Cambridge Analytica. This perfect storm of “the story is breaking now” and “Every day Bolton seems to have been more deeply involved” is still intensifying.

The Cambridge Analytica people were apparently crazy low lives running their own “For Hire” political punking operation. And every day that goes by it looks a little more like Bolton knew that and loved it when he hires them.

The Cambridge Analytica story is not controllable by anyone at this point. Most of the investigating is being done by the British, who are pissed as could be at the Cambridge people. Throw in that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg will be testifying before congress later this month about how Cambridge punked Facebook out of 80 million peoples data and counting (thats not gonna go well at all)  the story becomes a bunch of flaming bags of shit that have to be stomped on over and over. The latest development was last night when  Rachel Maddow reported Cambridge Analytica is coming up as an issue with getting Bolton the security clearance he needs to get this job. This probably won’t get better

The next issue? People are justifiably SCARED of John Bolton’s ideas. Yes, the fact he’s probably crazy is not even the biggest problem. Truth is he’s a complete hawk on everything. You can just google it. A Pre-Emptive war against North Korea (or Iran) is just one crazy idea. Lets face it, it doesn’t sound good. You can’t hear it and think “This guy should be in the president’s ear.”

Then there’s the fact that John Bolton has been an Anti-Russia Hawk too. There’s no problem finding info that backs that up either. I just can’t see Trump liking this once someone finally tells him.

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Plus after about a decade on TV puffing about this and that he’s on the record with ideas that are better suited to Fox News Zombies than any sort of National Security Adviser role.  His past fire-breathing statements are going to come up and will just be one more thing Sarah Huckabee Sanders will have to get irritated over when she answers questions over it with lies.

Last but not least Trump’s less resolute than ever. He just hired and let go of a pair of Mueller Probe Defense lawyers before their start date ( though they’re on Fox News of late saying they’re still on the case). And of course we all remember Anthony Scaramucci never making it to his start date.

No two ways about it Bolton’s no sure thing…. and I never even bought up that mustache they say Trump hates. If he does get hired he will shave it off right before he gets fired. Trump wont miss the chance to humiliate him and tell him he’ll keep him if he shaves it then fire him on Twitter.

 

Don’t Tell a Soul! Confessions of a Replacements Fan

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THANK YOU to the Replacements for your self sabotaging hatred of fame! The record company LOVED this album when they heard it! they loved it so much they printed a million copies! it was like investing in orange juice futures! It was a sure thing! When they told the band they had the next “Pyromania” on their hands the members get angry and rebel! They then spin off a bunch of terrible press appearances and some shows where they would only play KISS covers. They basically boycott themselves! Whats more fucked up then that?                                dtas
Welcome to the self-hating world of being a Replacements fan! Now your marked for life and can’t Un-Hear this haunting record. The best part of it? they AREN’T motley crue! they sound nothing like guns n roses! This is the age of MTV and heavy rotation of the same videos over and over.
Youre a rock n roll outcast and LOVE it. The entire catalog is in the bargain bin!
You find yourself buying plaid suits at the thrift store and cutting your own hair because now YOURE rebelling against everything Glam too!
There are no T-shirts, T-shirts are for bands that aren’t in danger of breaking up or losing their contract every minute! No one will invest in creating the merchandise because no one believes they will make it through the tour!  the fans simply wear plaid all the time.
This will now forever be the band you put on when you drink too much alone (because everyone else hated them until 2014!). You will cry to their music when your girlfriend splits (you listening to the replacements will be part of why she leaves).
Like an Addicted Gambler you sit at the table squandering everyones patience because dammit, Matts fans are BORN not MADE. You refuse to Let It Be a Secret Shame and start talking about them all the time and wear your fandom as a Badge of Rock n Roll Honor.
The records great start to finish. theres no weak song. I think Paul Westerberg got so drunk he forgot he hates his own band and accidentally wrote songs that anyone replacements-dont-tell-lp-backcould enjoy (rather than eccentric but brilliant stuff with a narrow appeal). Their first ever ‘written for radio’ album has their first ever pure single and if you haven’t found “I’ll Be You” to be super compelling and haunting your in the wrong Rock n Roll place! The album is where all things come together and meet their Opposites. It’s Disorganized yet brilliant, impactful yet shy, angry yet regretful, passionate but inhibited. It reminds me of Beggars Banquet!
And its an exclusive club. No one else likes the Replacements. Their Kryptonite to girlfriends. its just INCOMPREHENSIBLE to most women. It just proves Winona Ryder is fuckin crazy because thats the ONLY chick who likes them! 

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Even Winona has had only one Replacements T Shirt for the last 25 years 

Who the Fuck is Colion Noir of the NRA?

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Recent weeks have seen the emergence of a new toxic NRA talking head calling himself Colion Noir.

Like all NRA spokespeople he never misses a chance to undermine faith in the police and puff about armed citizenry being the only REAL law enforcement. He’s sort of good at weaving anti-law enforcement themes and anti-media screeds. He also knows how to talk to any one group of people and have them walk away more unhappy, divided and intolerant of other peoples ideas then they were before he started.

I guess the first thing we ever hear in the non Gun Nut world is back in 2016 when he throws out some crazy thoughts that are hard to figure out about Law Enforcement and of course, the media.

When a black Minnesota Police officer shot and killed a black guy named Philando Castile right in front of his girlfriend and her 4 year old daughter Noir uncorked a wild but inventive example of stream of consciousness real-time Gaslighting and blameshifting. He was quick defend the guns involved. In fact, if Noir is to be believed, the problem wasn’t that Castile was armed; or that the voluntary revelation of Castile being armed freaked the cop out so badly he kills the guy in a cold panic; it was the media.

Here’s his insane quote-

“because of the negative stereotype reinforced in the media about black men and guns, it wouldn’t completely surprise me if Yanez (the officer) felt more threatened by Philando because he was black.”

So in other words, Black people have been conditioned to fear black people? Does anyone want to really throw a blanket statement of such ignorance an entire race? (hint- Collins Iyare Idehen Jr. does!) Extra points for insincerely using the victims first name to seem more genuine.

For context- heres how a Long Island, New York news broadcast covered the story

All I can say about the terrible Castile tragedy is Officer Yanez was far too high strung to be a cop. If thats not at least manslaughter the local PD has to justify their methods AND their Psych-Eval.  I’m truly sorry for his family. Maybe I’m crazy but i think it’s a horrible thing to use as a wedge to divide people. It’s even worse to just go and cash in off it.  Its shifty and hurts society.

Im just gonna say it- Colion Noir seems like he is some sort self hating black guy and he plays the role well. Whether he’s a method actor who somehow believes it when he’s saying what plays well to the NRA crowd or just totally putting everyone on for some easy bucks is anyone’s guess.

Love him or hate him lets all appreciate the Golden Fuckin Thing Noir’s holding on to- he’s getting paid to make a pretty insane case; That more guns is the answer. That guns can’t possibly be bad and Professional Law Enforcement is never good. It’s a terrible set of beliefs and all of them are sort of UnAmerican, really. But it PAYS!

Wayne LaPierre routinely pulls down 5 million bucks a year, and eventually we’ll find out what they’re paying their youngest face, 33 OR 34 year old Noir (Wikipedia is unsure), but it’ll come out (and I’ll update the post when it does)

A pretty good dissembler with a distaste for children and a great nom d’ plume he’s as toxic as Loathsome Dana Loesch

Heres some quick facts –

  • born in Houston, Texas in 1983 or 84. Wikipedia’s just not sure.  (lets see the birth certificate! j/k!)
  • birth name – Collins Iyare Idehen Jr.
  • He’s got a JD from Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • So obviously he’s an attorney
  • Starts off as an internet flake talking and shooting guns on Youtube to 600k plus thinking-averse subscribers
  • his parents only child
  • Seems to be favoring an Armed Citizenry and I guess posses instead of having regular cops
  • Fond of fitted baseball caps
  • Wants teachers to pack heat
  • Never served in the military despite always being photographed holding an assault rifle
  • Parents immigrated from Nigeria
  • Part of the 3 Headed NRA Hydra of Lies along with Dana Loesch and Wayne LaPierre
  • apparently hates the Stoneman Douglas Survivors
  • Makes his money bashing children
  • A personality on “I don’t wanna watch it but I’m gonna have to to blog it” NRA TV
  • Seems like Heavily Armed Anarchy is his preferred view of America’s future
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Colion Noir gettin’ ready for one of his Guns N Teachers Shows

Mr Putin Goes to Washington

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Well we all knew that Trump was gonna keep on sucking up to Putin but inviting Vlad the Poisoner come to the White House is just a slap in the face to the American People.

I guess he needs to get instructions from his boss? Or Trump somehow beat out Netanyahu for Kremlin Employee of the Month? Or make a payment on the Pee-Pee Tapes?

Whatever the reason our wanna-be dictator will of course lie to us and then Putin will punk him hours later by releasing details of a meeting that will be misrepresented by this White House just like they misrepresent everything.

I think Trump just needs to talk to Putin to beg in person for help and hacks in the upcoming 2018 Midterm Elections.

Here’s some predictions- one prediction has come true already, hours ago the Russians let go that Trump had been the one to suggest the meeting take place at the White House, where he hasn’t been in 13 years.

  • The meeting will have Putin lounging in the Oval Office with his little bitch Trump
  • Trump will try to avoid the press and lie about the meetings and everything that is discussed
  • Putin WILL Punk Him like he Punks everyone. Probably by releasing some embarrassing pictures or audio to directly contradict what Trump’s assertions
  • Suddenly there will be a new strategy for re-election and the mid terms- Stick to your Guns and wait for the fix is the best description
  • Treason stays in season
  • The meeting will immediately begin a new erosion of Trumps numbers (if he doesn’t start it sooner with a whack statement). Its really offensive and was probably Putin’s idea.
  • When Trump’s impeachment goes down this meeting will be the source of at least one charge in the Indictment

How to Get Crucified and Live

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How would a homicide detective working in Jerusalem in 33 AD have approached the case of Jesus of Nazareth, criminal who came back from the dead?

For starters he wouldn’t believe that he came back from the dead. He’d accept death as absolutely final and really just not the kind of thing you come back from. So a cop might think, “Guys stay dead all the time why’s this guy different?” The answer would come back “There’s no way he died in the first place.”

How could Jesus avoid dying, assuming all the other stuff we read is true? Well bribing some Romans sounds a lot easier than overcoming death. So maybe they go easier on him than most, or someone else altogether is put on the cross.

Roman soldiers were far from well paid and while their punishment could have been as severe as death, they may have been willing to take the chance. We know for sure they were not following procedures with the Jesus execution from the Gospels, which point out that the executions were wrapped up early by breaking the condemned prisoners legs so they would die in just a few minutes rather than many hours or a day or two that was possible.

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Remember,  the Romans are the ones who decided whether or not Jesus was definitely dead and therefore didn’t need a coup de gras.  Why would they think they would get away with it?

Outside the interesting possibility that entire unit was going to leave for Italy the next day, the Romans probably figured he was gonna die in really short order anyway.

If Jesus were unconscious (or drugged or acting) the Roman’s could easily just declare him dead and take that bribe.

Who would argue? It’s not like Jesus was a social media or newspaper star. These things are centuries in the future. Only a few people could really identify anyone, even a newly famous guy coming off a big couple of weeks. No one is really making images of Jesus while he’s alive, but if they did how many people could they have even shown it too? How accurate could it have been? Simply denying that the guy in front of then was Jesus was actually not the worst plan IF HE SOMEHOW LIVES. That’s what a Roman would think.

The next question a first century detective asks likely seems; “Was Jesus in on it or just crazy and getting used?” It could be either or both. It sort of doesn’t matter if Jesus is a part of it for it to have happened, If Jesus was say crazy the other guys could just figure he would keep on thinking he was god after he thinks he’s come back from the dead anyway. Of course it’s even simpler if Jesus is in on it.

Lastly an ancient cop would ask themselves,”If people saw Jesus alive, assuming they were telling the truth, how’d that happen?”

Well, assuming he does get crucified but is somehow helped to survive; its likely a half dead Jesus was alive long enough to show up and then dies of complications, like an infection. While a 1st century detective didn’t know about germs and disease theory, he would know like everyone else that like half of everyone recovers and then later gets sick and dies in pretty much the same way.  For our purposes it’s irrelevant, we know about disease theory and infections.

What’s my theory got going for it? Well for one thing its simple. For another it’s possible. While I’m not the first guy to suggest a plot where Jesus eludes death somehow, I don’t know if dishonest Italians or a possibly unwitting Jesus figure in to other theories.

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It’s a better conspiracy theory than you will hear most days from the likes of Alex Jones and his Info Wars Ilk. So maybe try it on for 3 or 4 minutes.

It has the benefit of being impossible to discount and shows there’s a way for all this to have gone down WITHOUT Supernatural help.

Jesus- he could have done it all with no supernatural help.

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Sympathy for the Donald

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Shut the fuck up while I introduce myself I’m a man of bigly wealth and taste

I think I look younger than I am and my clown hair is sprayed in place

I was round to watch when Roy Cohn had his moment of glory and fame

Made damn sure that Vladimir got away with his election game

Pleased to Meet Me, Don’t forget my fucking name

and whats puzzling you is my grammar is so lame

I walk around 5th Avenue where I could shoot someone and its okay

Fired Tillerson and all my cabinet ministers, Melania Screamed in pain!

I drove a truck and got mocked as fuck while Miller raged and Bannon Drank

Pleased to meet you, Have you Got My Bribe?! And whats puzzling you is how I’m still alive

Im soaked in pee while Putin films me But I had the bigly-est inauguration in History

Shouted out “Who Killed the Kennedy’s?” When after all it was Lyin’ Teds Dad and me!

I think every cop should act like a criminal but Robert Mueller is too clean

And Im president thanks to Guccifer so I’ve put Liberty under restraint

I dont drink or smoke, just chug diet cokes and have 2 scoops for your one

So if you meet me expect no courtesy, no sympathy and no grace

and All my poorly learned politics will lay America to Waste

Hey Baby, trump’s my name! hey Baby Putin’s to blame!

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For anti-Melania Song Parody ‘Eleanor Bigly” click here    

this song parody is my fucking payback to scumbag Trump for destroying my enjoyment of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’. He plays that one without permission and has really sort of misappropriated the meaning in a way that makes me fucking sick

OJ Simpson, Guilty AND Framed

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Last night on FOX and today on CNN OJ Simpson will confirm what we all know; He’s guilty. He was also framed.

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It explains everything. The moment Fuhrman goes over the fence is probably when he planted the bloody glove.

Don’t blame the jury! 

The jury didnt convict OJ but it’s not on them, They could see that the crime scen was a mess and sense the fix was probably in, and they were right! It was amateur hour framing and he simply couldn’t be convicted. This one is on Phillips, Vannatter and Fuhrman. The LA Detectives just didn’t feel like going through the work they were paid to do- proving OJ did it IN AN HONEST WAY.

Since he almost goes down for it anyway its safe to blame the whole fiasco on the bad cops who didn’t do their jobs. I’m glad I don’t live in LA cause that police department sort of scares me. Bad rep for a long time. They might come frame ME!

Instead of work the case right they decided to make it a slam dunk and planted some evidence. They were simply lazy (not that this isn’t corruption too). Best Guess was they didn’t yet appreciate the intense media focus that would pretty much expose the cavalier and bad investigation, if not the framing. Hey, maybe they knew the fix was in and thats why they non chalanted it a little? The crime scene was proven to be pretty much contaminated, so what if the blood was real at that point? It had been tracked through etc. Also; DNA was too new to be trusted yet.

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Vannatter, he framed him

Whats scary is they probably did it more than just this one time too. They were dishonest lazy bad cops.

Look no further than the cop who was holding on to the suspected murder weapon for fun if you think the LAPD was doing things right at this point.

So guilty, but framed. It’s the only theory that answers all the questions.

As a final thought- Judith Reagan’s a ghoul for wanting to ever do this book and interview she’s promoting. What good can come of it? There’s no way to lock him up for it anymore. Double Jeopardy applies.

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Fuhrman, He helped with the Framing