Tuesday, February 21, 2017

FROM WAR HERO TO BITTER OLD MAN

John McCain has been trying to destroy Donald Trump ever since, back in July 2015, Trump said McCain is no war hero … and Trump has been helping him

BarkGrowlBite | February 21, 2017

Back in July 2015, while campaigning in the Republican primary, Trump belittled John McCain during a presidential forum in Ames, Iowa. Here is what Trump said:

“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

That was a dumbass statement if there ever was one. And it’s come back to bite Trump in the ass time after time.

John McCain is unforgiving. Ever since Trump belittled him with that stupid statement, McCain has been out to destroy Trump. At every opportunity, McCain has criticized Trump in Congress, before the media and on the world stage. And Trump has been helping McCain get his pound of flesh.

McCain’s most recent blast implied that Trump was trying to become a dictator when the President used Twitter on February 17 to say:

“The FAKE NEWS media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

Another dumbass statement, even if true, which it is not. There is no doubt that the media is Trump’s enemy, but that does not make it the enemy of the American people, it just makes it untrustworthy.

Also on February 17, McCain made a blistering attack on Trump’s policies without naming him during a speech before the Security Conference in Munich, Germany. While blasting the President’s policies, he went so far as to compare today's American political atmosphere to the Nazi years of the 1930s and 1940s.

Trump continues to suffer from a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease which no one has been able to cure. During a rally in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday, the President said:

“Here’s the bottom line. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden!"

No, we can’t believe that because nothing untoward happened in Sweden Friday night, or the night before, or the night before that. And they used to make fun of Joe Biden.

As for John McCain, he is belittling himself by getting his revenge for what the president said about him in Ames back in 2015. While McCain was without question a true war hero during the Vietnam War, he is no hero now! He’s just a bitter old man getting his pound of flesh by bashing the President at every opportunity … and Trump is giving him plenty of opportunities.

THERE ARE TRAITORS IN IN YOUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICES AND SOME REPORTERS ARE DISGRACEFULLY BIASED …

… but you can't run America on your own, Mr President. So calm down and stop making it so easy for your enemies

By Piers Morgan

Daily Mail | February 20, 2017

Dear Mr President,

Slow down. Tone down. Calm down.

I know why you’re so angry.

It enrages you that the same media who blew so much collective smoke up your backside in the first few months of your campaign are now blowing so much collective fire and brimstone.

They’re behaving like Dr Frankenstein when he lost control of his creature, and displaying much of the same fevered hysteria.

It’s made some of them rankly hypocritical, demanding – rightly – that every word that comes from your presidential mouth is 100% accurate, whilst failing that simple test themselves through laziness or commercial greed.

When Buzzfeed published completely unverified claims that you had cavorted with urinating prostitutes in a Russian hotel, I despaired of my industry.

It was a disgraceful piece of opportunist click-baiting, and abrogated every basic rule of journalism.

I was similarly appalled when Time’s White House pool reporter informed the world you had removed the bust of Martin Luther King from the Oval Office.

The optics and implication of that report became instantly clear as it blazed around the world for 40 uncorrected minutes as hard evidence you’re a racist.

To quote Churchill again: ‘A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.’

This report was untrue, the MLK bust was still there.

Time apologised within the hour but much of the damage was already done. I had someone the other day citing it to me on Twitter as proof you’re a racist.

‘Oh but that was a genuine mistake!’ bellowed the media, racing to offer their colleague far more latitude over mistakes than they ever afford this Trump administration.

You’ve also had to put up with CNN anchor, Carmen Aristegui, raising two fingers to her upper lip to compare you to Adolf Hitler, an evil genocidal monster who directly murdered 12 million people and started a world war that killed many, many millions more.

That should surely have been a firing offence for a network that prides itself on impartiality?

Oh, and the New Republic shamefully published an essay last week suggesting your ‘bizarre, volatile, behaviour’ may be down to the sexually transmitted infection, syphilis.

These are just some of the numerous examples of dreadful media behaviour that fully justify some of your fury.

Frankly, I have never seen such a concerted campaign of vicious personal vilification against a newly elected president.

However, it would also be true to say I have never seen a newly elected president mount such a concerted campaign of vicious vilification against the media.

I don’t have a problem with you describing specific stories as ‘FAKE NEWS!’ if they are indeed fake, like the ones I referred to.

But it’s ridiculous to describe, as you did on Friday, all of America’s main news networks, in their entirety, as ‘FAKE NEWS!’

And even more ridiculous to say they are now the ‘enemy of the People.’

They’re not. They, like you, are servants of the People.

Nor does it help your ‘FAKE NEWS!’ cause if a lot of statements from you and your team since Inauguration Day have been demonstrably inaccurate.

Truth matters from the media.

It matters even more from the President.

Speaking as a professional journalist for the past three decades, let me offer some perspective.

First, freedom of the press is an absolutely essential tool of any true democracy.

As Sir Winston Churchill, a man you admire so much you have restored a bust of him to the Oval Office, said: ‘A free Press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny. Where men have the habit of liberty, the Press will continue to be the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen.’

It’s OK to criticise the media, of course it is.

But if that criticism descends into a deliberate attempt to delegitimize, as it did on Friday, then it crosses a worrying red line that leads, as Senator John McCain correctly observed, into dictatorship.

The only thing more serious would be for a leader to try to delegitimize the judiciary, which you have also done during your breathless first four weeks in office.

You described Judge James Robart as ‘a so-called judge’ because he blocked your controversial travel ban.

He’s not. He’s a federal judge appointed by the last Republican president, George W. Bush.

You may not like his decisions, and you are free to challenge them.

But as President of the United States, you can’t question Judge Robart’s validity to administer justice without serious evidence to suggest he is unfit to serve. None of which has been forthcoming.

And anyway, he was right about the travel ban. It was poorly drawn up and badly executed, which is why you are now preparing an entirely new version.

As if your war with the media and judiciary wasn’t enough, you have also been engaged in a ferocious battle with your own intelligence agencies.

This has already led to the premature departure of your National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn, after just three weeks.

I’m still not sure if he did anything seriously wrong, other than – and this is not an insignificant offence - mislead the Vice-President. But Flynn was tossed on the political bonfire by your vengeful spooks in collusion with the media, because they were all fed up with the abusive way you’ve been talking about them.

Those spooks’ own behaviour has also been lamentable and possibly criminally so.

It’s appears some of them have been deliberately leaking classified information to damage you and your administration. Even worse, we’re told they may have been withholding vital intelligence from you because they don’t trust you.

If true, this is shocking and unacceptable, and you must punish the culprits.

But you must also work quickly to restore mutual trust with your intelligence agencies. You need them on your side.

Just as I also urge you to restore some mutual respect with the media and the judiciary.

They must be free to do their jobs.

It’s perfectly legitimate for reporters to properly investigate any links that may exist between your administration and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. After all, you fired General Flynn, not the media.

They’re entitled to get to the bottom of why, particularly given the whirlwind of rumours surrounding Russian’s alleged attempt to rig and hack the US election to your benefit.

That is the whole point of the 1st Amendment, which is the bedrock of the Constitution that I know you love.

As for the media, Churchill had a valuable message for my profession too:

‘Everyone is in favour of free speech. Hardly a day goes by without its being extolled. But some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.’

In other words, stop throwing indignant, over-sensitive temper tantrums every time President Trump says anything about you.

He’s entitled to criticise you, just as you’re entitled to criticise him.

Both sides just need to do it with a little more respect, and a little less rage.

Bottom line, Mr President, is that you can’t keep expending all this time and energy waging war on the media, judiciary and intelligence agencies.

You’ve made your points, loud and clear.

Now you must dial down the aggressive rhetoric and move to delivering on what you promised the American people. That’s jobs, a healthy economy, security, improved education, better health, new infrastructure and the obliteration of Islamic State.

The frustration for people like me who know you well, Mr President, and who do not think you’re a monster, is that your more incendiary rhetoric sometimes suggests to your critics that you might be.

There’s enough pathetically over-the-top, and for the most part completely unwarranted hysteria sweeping the Planet about you as it is without you fuelling the fire.

You’ve got so many exciting plans, but the good stuff’s getting drowned out in the noise of your squabbles with the messengers.

Your announcement about US coal on Friday should have provided great feel-good headlines.

Instead, all the attention moved to your latest attack on the media.

That’s just bad politics.

Mr President, you won the battle for the White House in the greatest political coup America has ever seen.

Now you must win the real war - to Make America Great Again.

ABOUT THE RESURRECTION

While Father O’Malley was presenting a children's sermon before the whole congregation, he asked the children if they knew what the Resurrection was.

In response to the question, little Earl raised his hand.

The priest called on him and Earl said, "All I know is if you have a resurrection that lasts more than four hours you are supposed to call the doctor."

Monday, February 20, 2017

TEXAS GETTING BLACKMAILED BY NFL AND NBA OVER BATHROOM BILL

The NFL threatens to keep the Super Bowl out of Texas and the NBA threatens the same with its All Star Game if the state passes a bill prohibiting transgenders from using the bathroom of their choice in schools and government facilities

BarkGrowlBite | February 20, 2017

The Texas legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit transgenders from using the bathroom of their choice in schools and government facilities. The NFL reacted by threatening to keep the Super Bowl out of Texas. And the NBA soon followed suite by threatening the same with its All Star Game.

Responding to the threat made by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said:

“For some low-level NFL adviser to come out and say that they are going to micromanage and try to dictate to the state of Texas what types of policies we're going to pass in our state, that's unacceptable. We don't care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America. They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”

Well said, Gov. Abbott! The Governor could have added that rather than meddling in the affairs of Texas, the NFL should stick to dealing with its own problems – drug using players, bar brawling players, wife-beating players, etc. – and teach its players to respect our flag and National Anthem.

But then the NFL has a long and successful history of blackmailing the taxpayers in various cities into paying for new sports palaces of billionaire team owners under the threat of moving those teams elsewhere. The NFL rarely fails, but when the taxpayers of San Diego refused to pay for a new stadium, the league carried out its blackmail threat by moving the Chargers to Los Angeles starting next season.. Dean Spanos, billionaire owner of the Chargers, paid the NFL a $550 million relocation fee. That $550 million would have gone a long way toward paying for a new football sports palace in San Diego. .

As far as I am concerned, the NFL can stick the uber-hyped Super Bowl up its collective ass. The same for the NBA with its All Star Game.

The NFL, which allows if not encourages its players to disrespect our flag and National Anthem, has no right to dictate to the State if Texas that it must allow students with dicks to use a girl’s school restroom or that it must allow adults with dicks to use a government facility ladies restroom.

A sensible bathroom policy would require a person with a dick to use the boys/men’s restroom and one without a dick, the girls/ladies restroom.

The bill barring transgenders from using the bathroom of their choice may not pass, but in any event, Texas should not cave in to the blackmail being perpetrated by the NFL and the NBA, nor by any other organizations for that matter.

PREHISTORIC K-MART BITES THE DUST

by Bob Walsh

The original K-Mart store (sometimes called Krap-Mart or K-Fart nowadays) was opened in Garden City, Michigan in 1962. That icon of Americana is in the process of closing down with an everything-must-go sale currently under way.

Retailing is getting rough in a brick-and-mortar environment. There is still open speculation that the whole chain may close down in the not-to-distant future. That would be a shame. There is a large, older K-Mart not far from my house and it makes a handy reference point for giving folks directions. That being said, it would make one hell of an indoor go-kart track.

MATH SHOWS THE WAY TO GET AHEAD

What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100% How about achieving 103%?

What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

If - A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

And

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But,

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

And,

B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.

A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that, while Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there. it is the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

BILL GATES CONCLUDES THAT WITHIN THE NEXT 15 YEARS, BIOTERRORISM WILL BE MORE DEADLY THAN NUCLEAR WAR

Biological terrorism could kill hundreds of millions of people as genetic engineering unleashes terrifying new weapons, warns Gates

By Dave Burke | Daily Mail | February 18, 2017

Governments overlooking the threat of biological weapons which could one day kill hundreds of millions, Bill Gates has warned.

The richest man in the world has said that biological warfare is not being taken seriously enough.

He warned world leaders in Munich today that a pandemic could wipe out millions of people, and said there is a 'reasonable probability' of this happening in the next 10 to 15 years.

Speaking to The Telegraph ahead of his speech at the Munich Security Conference, Gates said bioterrorism could wipe out far more people than nuclear weapons.

He stated: 'With nuclear weapons, you’d think you would probably stop after killing 100million.

'Smallpox won’t stop. Because the population is na├»ve, and there are no real preparations. That, if it got out and spread, would be a larger number.'

He believes breakthroughs in genetic engineering will make it easier for terrorists to plot attacks on a massive scale, but claimed security services 'haven't been following biology'.

He told the audience at the conference, The Guardian reports: 'Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year.

'And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10 to 15 years.'

The multi-billionaire added that the most effective way of preparing for a natural pandemic is to get ready for an act of bioterrorism.

He said: 'Getting ready for a global pandemic is every bit as important as nuclear deterrence and avoiding a climate catastrophe. Innovation, cooperation and careful planning can dramatically mitigate the risks presented by each of these threats.'
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ABOUT BIOTERRORISM

The Telegraph | February 18, 2017

As suggested by the name, bioterrorism is the deliberate release of biological agents such as viruses, bacteria or toxins to cause illness or death.

Animals and crops are considered likely targets of bioterrorist activity, with livestock diseases deployed to damage the economy and cause public concern.

The Centre for Disease Control categorises the following as Category A agents, posing a risk to national security:

*Tularemia or "rabbit fever" – Highly infectious and life-threatening

*Anthrax – Non-contagious disease. Notably used by persons unknown in a series of mail attacks in 2001

*Smallpox – Currently only existing in laboratory cultures, but would be a deadly weapon if released once again

*Botulinum toxin – A highly toxic substance that is readily available, due to its use in “botox” cosmetic procedures

*Bubonic plague – The disease that caused the Black Death in Medieval Europe and with a long history of use as a biological warfare agent

*Viral hemorrhagic fevers – Such as Ebola


The single largest recent incident of biological terrorism was the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack in Oregon, USA. Followers of Indian mystic Osho intentionally infected restaurants with salmonella, as part of a plan to incapacitate the electorate and win local elections. 751 people were infected, but there were no fatalities.