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Friday, March 30, 2018

Non Baseball Observations of Baseball Opening Day

Yesterday was Opening Day for the new baseball season which is probably the earliest its been in the game's history

It was also the birthday of the great President John Tyler (1790), our 10th President but we have to assume MLB's decision to coincide Opening Day with that was mere coincidence

Had it been an important figure in black history, we're sure they would have linked the two iin some way to show how more important those people are compared to all others

So we wanted to share some observations of Opening Day that really have nothing to do with scores or stats to once again show how difficult it is to escape political correctness, hypocrisy and propaganda, even when its non-political
1)  Because yours truly has MLB.Tv and able to have access all the games, the first observation  involved the Chicago Cubs-Miami Marlins game which was the first one played yesterday

Like with the Tampa Rays, the Marlins completely gutted their franchise in the off-season trading away every player of quality and talent so the owners could make larger profit and did so under the insipid re-branding lie called 'rebuild'

I watched the beginning of the Marlins video feed and they show their manager telling the players something like 'Every day we're going to go out there with the mindset we're going to win..  That's how we build a World Series champion", etc..
Then the announcers gushed on nonsense like 'young talent' and watching players develop and grow and won't this be fun..

God it absolutely hurt my brain to hear such absolute Bullshit propaganda and I'm not even a Marlins fan

Even the most basic sports fan knows you build a winner through keeping talented players and spending what is necessary to acquire top-talent free agents, especially those with past post-season success..

There are 30 baseball teams and only 6-8 teams are ever sincerely committed to winning..  The others just want to give the impression they're trying and for the most part are in it for the money.
I am always thinking back to a quote once uttered by Connie Mack, the Hall of Fame manager of the then Philadelphia A's:

"It is more profitable for me to have a team that is in contention for most of the season but finishes about fourth. A team like that will draw well enough during the first part of the season to show a profit for the year, and you don't have to give the players raises when they don't win. "

That's sports..
Wonder how many genuinely stupid people buy into that and truly get excited to see minor league caliber baseball played vs superior teams while the ownership in these cities are charging major league ticket prices?

For perspective, the Marlins payroll this season is $52 million and Tampa's payroll is $62 million --  combined that comes to $114 million

The Cubs, a quality team the Marlins lost to yesterday, has a payroll of $179 million..
One last thing on those putrid Marlins..

Saw they and for some reason the Cubs had patches honoring the dead of that South Florida high school..  just a non-stop milking of the tragedy from 5-6 weeks ago so stupid fans will think "well the team is shit but at least they care about the community"
2)  Later in the day I briefly turned on the Phillies-Braves game and noticed they had a mascot in the crowd in Atlanta entertaining fans, much like the Phillie Phanatic does in their ballpark

Since there is no such thing as a 'Phillie' in terms of creating an accurately representative mascot, its makes sense the Phanatic looks as he does - a non descriptive green blob

But since Atlanta is the Braves and that means Indian, the mascot SHOULD be a brown skinned native warrior with feather in hair, war paint on cheeks and a tomahawk in hand or some variation of
Nope..  That wouldn't be politically correct and can't offend any god-damn liberal because its not good business

So the Braves mascot is called 'Blooper' with a beige Phanatic-like body and kinda cute-quirky non-descriptive head

I had always wondered why San Diego had as its mascot a chicken instead of a mascot of a Hispanic Padre acting like a complete idiot in the stands to entertain the kids and get the home crowd excited..

Still wonder on that one..
3)  Watching the Phillies-Braves game mentioned above, I happened to do so through the Phillies video feed and goodness their opening segment was as bile churning as the Marlins

It was this long piece of schlock about how Phillies fans are the greatest in the world and making positive he fact that most of them are classless assholes who demand a level of perfection from their athletes they can never themselves obtain in their daily lives

Like playing in front of losers motivated professional athletes to play better - sure
To be fair, there's a lot of fans everywhere that take their sports too seriously and somehow think if they come to the ballpark and boo and yell, they're keeping the multi-millionaire athletes humble

Still, to watch it and hear the terrible announcer for that team talk on it, was really painful to listen to

But I guess if you have a mediocre team that really at best will win 77 games, you have to sell the dum-dums on something besides winning

One thing I learned from a couple years back watching the Baltimore Orioles play a game at home after the colored people in that city were rioting and it was too dangerous to let people see the game, is that not only are baseball players fully capable of playing in front of a completely empty stadium but seem to prefer it
4)  MLB announcers and especially color commentators are as hideous as always with their constant over-talking and dumbing down the listening experience by trying to make the broadcasts funny or entertaining instead of informative.

It really is brutal to listen to a baseball game while watching on TV - a constant deluge of completely inconsequential information that no person can use in any meaningful conversation with another
"Hey, how's it going?"

"I'm good..watched some baseball and heard that the average Opening Day game lasts 3 hours, 7 minutes and that the average velocity of a starting pitcher is 87.9 mph"

"How lucky I am to have such an interesting friend"

~ eyes rolled ~
Think I spent more time hunting for the in-game ballpark audio option than watching the games..  This option lets you turn off the commentators so you hear everything as if you were sitting in person at the game

Some devices have the option like Roku and others like watching on your PC don't as of yet so just figuring out it all was a frustrating time waster

Overall it is good that baseball is back but like in everything else in life, just sick to death of being marketed and sold to; sick of being talked down to; sick of the constant injection of PC social-progressive values even when its subtle
Hard to escape all the garbage of everyday life and absorb oneself in a baseball game or really any sport to relax when its all there as well, just repackaged in a different form

Happy Easter n' Passover to everyone

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Judging Poor Quality of Education by How Poorly the Civil War is Taught

You always hear people knocking the quality of education in the US

They use statistics to break down reading and writing proficiency for elementary students and knowledge of science and math for high schoolers to compare to other Western nations

Maybe its true in those areas.. Maybe the stats are skewed..

What we do know is that when it comes to educating young people about the US Civil War, we continue as a whole to be as dumb as a box of rocks.
So painful to listen or read opinions given on the war, its causes and motives and the assignment of silly-stupid labels like 'good' and 'bad' and 'racist' based on a modern PC social-progressive 2018 worldview that has absolutely no place in judging history.

Just so many fake 'buffs' out there who are merely Kool Aid drinkers of what the public school system has wanted kids to know and genuinely terrible visual entertainment media (especially the History channel) who continually dumbs down history so to attract the most eyeballs to watch the ads
There was a time I knew absolutely nothing about the Civil War as a child so my first experience to it was in 6th grade where the teacher basically taught the war like this:

'Union- Good..  Confederacy.. Evil..  Lincoln- Angel or Servant of God..  Far fought over slavery..  Lincoln freed them for moral reasons..  Every person who wore blue was Good..  Every person who wore grey was Evil except Lee..  South lost - happy ending (except for Lincoln getting shot)'

So as a 11yr old I believed it all like a robot..  North - Good..  South - Bad..  Beep Beep Boop
Because the period intrigued me, I would start looking at maps and reading about the big names of the war, Grant, Sherman, Lee, big battles, etc in the library in my free time

Back then in my youthful ignorance, I saw Sherman's March as a wonderful, noble thing and that the Southern civilians, including women in children in Georgia deserved to suffer because they were traitors and held slaves and all the other simplistic shit I was taught to get me to look upon savagery as a positive.

Soon after along with other birthday presents, I started getting a subscription to Civil War Times and that's when I really began to understand that everything I was taught was complete bullshit
I remember the first issue where the magazine devoted itself to Jewish participation in the war, how they were treated in North v South, etc..

Of course I assumed those people were treated with open arms in the North and with hatred in the South based on them owning slaves and modern Klan, etc.. 

Later I learned the original Klan welcomed Jews, Catholics, etc into their fold - it was the modern Klan started up again in the 1890s in the northern state of Illinois that made it intolerant of anyone not white and Protestant
Then I read that at one time General Grant expelled all Jews out of his Army of the Tennessee because he hated and despised them so much, and made no distinction between merchant peddlers who would follow the Army and soldiers themselves - General Order #11 and how ultimately Lincoln had to rescind it (Grant also owned slaves prior to the war)

And I read an article expressing how full of deep seeded hatred Sherman was toward Jews - he had written in a letter back in 1858 that Jews were "…without pity, soul, heart, or bowels of compassion…" and made similar comments throughout and after the war

Weren't these men supposed to be heroes to the Union and to be celebrated as defenders of freedom, liberty and all that American values espouse?
Then I read how tolerant and embracing the South was toward Jewish people then, including President Jefferson Davis choosing as his Secretary of Treasury and ultimately Secretary of Defense a Jewish person named Benjamin Davis with another Jew serving as Postmaster General.

The first Jew to serve in a US cabinet did not occur until 80 years later under FDR

By the time I finished reading, I was just floored.. 
Nothing made any sense..  Who was correct - my 6th grade teacher or this magazine with contributors who were academics from respected universities?

So in the following early teen years, I made the effort to learn more - still read my Civil War Times but also read books from both perspectives, from modern period and tried to find books written in past decades.. 

All the while, I noticed my junior high American History class and ultimately high school level class taught it exactly the same as elementary -- same themes.. same simplicity
I was not wise enough back then to fully understand why its so important that people be indoctrinated to think about the Civil War as they do or how specific the methods employed

Just knew I was being taught bias and lies; when I would start questioning their nonsense, because most history teachers are really nothing more than assistant football and basketball coaches who much teach something in order to be allowed to coach, they had no answers and moved on from my questions

Of course in today's society, its being taught even worse than in my day, if that could even be possible
Everyone then was a racist and the only Civil War history that matters is where blacks are affected because only blacks are important in this white-guilt stench we've allowed to permeate our society

So young people today i.e. Millennials for all the new technology and immediate access to any information at a iPhone click are the most genuinely ignorant generation I've ever observed

The way we all have been conditioned to think is sorta like this:

Abraham Lincoln - what were his views on blacks and interracial marriage?  Did he see bi-racial children as being beautiful gifts from God? (had to vomit writing that)  What did Lincoln think about gays, lesbians and transgenders? 
And because Lincoln never expressed anything even close about mixed races or gave a slightest thought on homosexuals, many left-zealots see Lincoln as a piece of shit (which he was but just not for Those reasons)

If any person from the past did not look upon others and life with a liberal, ultra-tolerant 2018 prism, they are treated with disdain especially by the white guilt/shame crowd

As a lover of history, especially the Civil War the whole thing makes me continually wince
Overall whether it be history, politics, theology or any other area where biases seep in, people by and large are know-nothings and mainly because they choose to be

Easier to just be told something and never question or research/investigate on one's own..

A teacher said it or CNN or the NY Times reported it and must be valid

The worst part is we are forced to live, work, and socialize among them
The one constant of this blog after 7.5+ years is to understand that nothing is black/white simple and to really be informed you must constantly question and make the effort to seek what is truth and what is propaganda

And the one period of US history where it is more important than ever that people make that effort is in the Civil War

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Internet & Illusions of Privacy

The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal was never really about Cambridge Analytica.

Neither Facebook nor Cambridge Analytica have been accused of doing anything explicitly illegal though one could be forgiven for believing they had, based on the number of lawsuits and official investigations that have been announced.

Instead, the backlash to these revelations is so severe because the public has been forced to confront for the first time something that many had previously written off as an immutable certainty:
That Facebook, Google and the rest of the tech behemoths store reams of personal data, essentially logging everything we do.

And of course even the slightest belief that any entity could have helped Trump win, whether true or not is enough to set off the media and the rest of the evil liberal cabal into a maelstrom of mental sickness.

Remember, no one seemed the slightest bit bothered when it was first reported that bastard Obama's 2012 re-election campaigned acquired private information on 50+ million FB users with Zuckerberg's blessing
In response to demands for more transparency surrounding user data, Facebook and Google are offering users the option to view all of the metadata that Google and Facebook collect but the extent and bulk of the data collected and sorted by both companies is staggering.

So here's all the data that Google and Facebook store about you without you even realizing it

1. Google stores your location (if you have it turned on) every time you turn on your phone, and you can see a timeline from the first day you started using Google on your phone

Specifically, every place you've been, time of day, how long it took you to get from A to B...

https://www.google.com/maps/timeline?pb
2  Google stores search history across all your devices on a separate database, so even if you delete your search history and phone history, Google STILL stores everything until you go in and delete everything, and you have to do this on All devices

https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity

3   Google creates an advertisement profile based on your information, including your location, gender, age, hobbies, career, interests, relationship status, possible weight (need to lose 10lbs in one week?) and income

http://www.google.com/settings/ads/
4. Google stores information on every app and extension you use, how often you use them, where you use them, and who you use them to interact with (who do you talk to on Facebook, what countries are you speaking with, what time you go to sleep at)

https://security.google.com/settings/security/permissions

5.  Google stores ALL of your YouTube history, so they know whether you're going to be a parent soon, if you're a conservative, if you're a progressive, if you're Jewish, Christian, or a secondary faith like Muslim, if you're feeling depressed or suicidal, if you're anorexic...

https://www.youtube.com/feed/history/search_history
6.  Google offers an option to download all of the data it stores about you.  Expect the file to be around 5.5GB which is roughly 3 MILLION Word documents on you

This includes your bookmarks, emails, contacts, your Google Drive files, all of the above information, your YouTube videos, the photos you've taken on your phone, the businesses you've bought from, the products you've bought through Google...

It also includes your calendar, your Google hangout sessions, your location history, the music you listen to, the Google books you've purchased, the Google groups you're in, the websites you've created, the phones you've owned, the pages you've shared, how many steps you walk in a day...

https://www.google.com/takeout
7.  Facebook offers a similar option to download all your information which usually will be 600mb, which is roughly 400,000 Word documents

This includes every message you've ever sent or been sent, every file you've ever sent or been sent, all the contacts in your phone, and all the audio messages you've ever sent or been sent

Facebook also stores what it think you might be interested in based off the things you've liked and what you and your friends talk about

Somewhat pointlessly, they also store all the stickers you've ever sent on Facebook - No idea why they do this
8.  Facebook also stores every time you log in, where you logged in from, what time, and from what device

They also store all the applications you've ever had connected to your Facebook account, so they can know your politics, interests, etc..

If government was monitoring people to this extent, there would be outrage.

But when Google does it? People hardly bat an eye.
Then again there never was such a thing as privacy on the Internet - that was illusionary

What do you think cookies are for? 

Or software that ad-tracks based on your web history then tailors ads on websites based on past searches?

And even on its simplest level its easy to find information on anyone
Just go to whitepages.com and you can look up just about anyone's listed address and phone number.. Other sites make it just as easy.. 

Some sites even list previous addresses and phone numbers you had and people who are connected to you - spouses, children in household, etc so they can be looked up.

Want to see if someone broke the law or was sued or when someone got married or divorced or got a mortgage? 

Go on the county records website of the person you're seeking and check to see who did what and when.  Or in the case of property history, go on Zillow
As an experiment, keyword your name and location then see what you come up with and then be sick

Even if you never ever have gone on the Internet, often your private information is available for those who are if someone feels you're worth the bother to be looked up

So while its a bit scary and sickening to think of all the info stored by Google and Facebook, etc don't be so naive to believe they're the only entities storing personal information on you

And remember, if your Facebook page says your real name, real location, real employer and there are real pictures of yourself and your family posted while your page is set to 'public', it is your fault others are seeing your private information.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Protesting - the Teen/Adult Version of Holding One's Breath

~ "If guns are not banned, I'm going to hold my breath and stomp my foot and pass out and you will be sorry.."

Over the weekend a bunch of know-nothings held a march that got wall to wall attention from the media and the rot that make up the political left

And basically that was it..

Nothing solved.. nothing changed.. 

Just a bunch of silly-stupid people using gun control as an excuse to shit on Trump which is ironic since he pathetically has acquiesced to evil people by supporting the banning of 'bump' stocks which is a type of automatic weapon, stating he believes in increased background checks and increasing the age minimum to 21
We knew during the campaign Trump had the propensity to be a 'pussy grabber' but didn't realize he was one himself

We know.. We know.. At least he's not Hillary

It's starting to wear thin.

We really have never understood protests... They accomplish nothing
Back in 1770 a bunch of Bostoners protested the British..  5 end up dead..  You know, the black guy Crispus Attackus and four whites no one has ever heard of (had Crispus been white, none of us would know his name either)

Since they didn't protest with the goal of declaring independence from the crown, you can't credit their actions as causational to the Revolutionary War..  The dots are only connected after the fact

In 1783, a bunch of Pennsylvania farmers protested a tax on whiskey so they rebelled - the newly formed government quickly and severely put that down
Countless protests throughout the nation's history - nothing ever came about that was meaningful from it

So let's move ahead to the 1960s..  Civil Rights protests..

Think the marches and banners got blacks equal rights?  More the fear of a violent uprising by recalcitrant (an Ivy League word for uppity) colored folk who felt embolden for the first time since the Nat Turner uprising of 1831
Then later that decade, all those countless anti-Vietnam protest marches..  The hippies still think they stopped the war..

Yep.. sure did.. All those marches in 1966 and '67 and '68 and '69 and '70 and '71 and '72' did it..

Yep. Yep.
And remember back in 2002 all those liberals both here and abroad staging massive protest rallies against W. Bush to stop him from invading Iraq..

That sure made a difference in changing Bush's mind didn't it..

So now a bunch of deeply ignorant, pathetic young people addicted to the temporary fame and delusional power they feel they possess, along with every crackpot group on the left, galvanized this past Saturday in the belief that what they did will change the world and lead to the toppling of the 2nd Amendment

Such hubris!
We guarantee Trump did not pay a single second of attention to it..  He didn't even feel the need to mention it on his Twitter account -that's how irrelevant it was to him

As it should be.

The political left makes us sick to our stomaches

Countless more teenagers will die every year from drug overdoses than killers shooting up schools yet they are adamantly against building a wall to prevent drugs from pouring into the country and being sold to minors
A teenager is far more likely to die from a car wreck behind the wheel than a bullet penetrating a youth yet they demand gun ownership be raised to 21 yet no movement to raise the legal driving age from 16

They shed crocodile tears over the loss of life at that South Florida high school (yet can't name a single victim) while fighting for the rights of a minor to be allowed to murder the baby inside her without the need for consent of a parent, no matter if its the first trimester, second or last..

They are morally bankrupt people in every sense of the word.
So ultimately we hope this finally moves on from the front page

We also hope that Trump can find the balls which he tucked away somewhere in his nether-regions to tell the gun control zealots in professional language to fuck themselves and stay strong on protecting the Constitutional rights of the citizens without these continual slippery-slope restrictive laws

Yes, one can hope..

Friday, March 23, 2018

Gun Protest March - Yep, Kids Say/Do the Stupidest Things

~  Stupid idiot know-nothing child with a poster

Brief posting today..

So the other day the guy who was placing explosive packages around Austin Tx was cornered by police and ultimately blew his mind out in a car..

Wonder if he noticed if the lights had changed?  (A little joke reference to the Beatles song 'A Day in the Life')
Funny how for all the loss of life he caused and the pain/misery others have to experience thanks to the guy, there is no protests or bullshit marches orchestrated to demand Trump and Congress pass laws limiting or banning using detonated devices to harm others

Nope.. only guns

This weekend a lot of deeply worthless people, especially teenagers completely brainwashed by news and whipped into a frenzy by powerful people behind the scenes pulling strings will head to Washington to march to demand guns be banned
Of course had those kids died by explosion, knives, a car/truck ramming into them, trapped in a fire or countless other ways that a disturbed person can take life and there'd be nothing

A national story for 1-2 days; a local story for a couple days more and then everyone would move on

But that's not how it works when special interests want to change the laws and don't give a god-damn how the majority feel on something
Because if you can't play on logic and reason, you play on emotion and sympathy and nothing tears at the heartstrings more than children even though the victims were teenagers

The anti-gun zealots really thought they had a good opportunity through exploiting the deaths of children at Sandy Hook all those years back..  God, how they were excited over that

Fortunately they didn't get their way then just as they won't get their way now but for every failure, they re-think their strategies and double down on the next one

Kinda how the homosexuals forced gay marriage upon the nation
Most people were/are sickened by the thought of two people of the same gender calling themselves 'spouses' and most states they tried to force their will upon through referendum votes, failed including liberal California where even black voters basically said 'your lifestyle is disgusting'

But they kept pushing and pushing.. and the queers ultimately were able to convince 5 liberal Supreme Court justices out of 9 to make it law of the land for 320+ million to obey that their deviance had legal validity

Same with the anti-gun zealots.. 

They will never stop and will exploit young people and whatever chicanery they can devise to ultimately overturn the 2nd Amendment
There's been many reports of people other than the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School killer bringing guns or knives on campus with the goal of hurting others

Maybe the problem isn't the weapon or even the individuals wanting to do harm so much as the school itself

Maybe there's something deeply rotten going on at that school which is provoking so many to want to do hideous things to other students, teachers and administrators

But of course no one will ever look deeper at causation
Guns are bad.. Guns must be removed.. No one has the right to possess because others deem its not needed or they can't rationalize it..  and the silent majority just sits quiet and sops bread in their soup

And even Trump makes concessions while betraying the NRA and his loyal base to try to appease liberal pieces of shit that hate him and will always hate him simply for breathing

Why doesn't he get it?!
Deeply frustrating that over a month has passed since that very minor news item and we're still forced to write on it and the media still covers these horrible lil bastard and bitch teenager protestors

We knew that most people go overboard with a little modicum of fame and attention but Jesus, how these Parkland, FL kids are really going overboard...

Then again when hoards of media stick cameras and microphones in the faces of every student there and they really have absolutely nothing to say of any meaning or value, its hard to imagine anyone with the courage to say 'stop bothering us and stop exploiting this situation for your nefarious purposes'

Especially since most under 18 have no idea what 'nefarious' means
So tomorrow there will be a march..

Hopefully Trump will ignore it..   Who knows..

In some ways, we love the President but in other ways he's been a supreme disappointment thus far and tries too much to appease the more evil and despicable elements of our society.

We hope one day Trump gets it and more importantly, those who believe in the 2nd Amendment will start fighting back