Sunday, June 26, 2022

Vote him out: desantis

 While I have a lot to say about Desantis, I want to start by talking about Disney.

Florida spent time to craft legislation to try and keep talk of homosexuality out of the grade school classroom. The story goes that the original legislation was specifically about anything other than a “traditional” heterosexual relationship. But it evolved so that it could be disguised to a point.  Many people saw it for what it was.  Some people defended it because it’s “not that bad” or “aligns with their personal views”…

But that’s the point.  It aligns with one point of view.  And the problem with hastily crafted legislation is that it always has unintended consequences.  In the legislation itself, there are penalties to teachers and school boards for engaging on the topic.  That can’t be good. 

And there’s the outside consequences. Make no mistake: Bob Chapek bumbled his response to the bill. This could have gone a lot of ways and unfortunately for him (and the company) he picked the wrong way, annoying everyone. 

The governor responded stupidly with a comment about producing a movie (Mulan) in China, telling Disney to mind their own business.  And of course mentioned something he signed into law regarding corporate training; Disney can’t teach about diversity and inclusion, based on the law. More on that below.

Florida has (well had) a very incestuous relationship with Disney, dating back to 1967.  Disney and the state generally played nice, though they sometimes exchange barbs.  But until governor Ron and ceo Bob got tangled, it was typically ironed out quickly. Disney is the largest tourism business in the country and provides more in revenue to the state than any single business, and more than most combined. 

…but now comes the consequence: governor Ron made good on the threat to undo Disneys special improvement district in retaliation for the hubbub about the so called “don’t say gay” bill. 

Look, I’m not a fan of how the original legislation went down and how Disney has the power to operate as a self governing entity.  But surely the answer is NOT to cobble together something quickly just to undo it.  The (unintended) consequences to the state, to tourism, and to the theme parks we love would be monumental.  And not in a good way.

The governor acts like a tyrant and has now shown that no one, no company, is above his wrath. He will go after anyone.

And for those reasons, it is time to vote him out. I’m sure he will continue to attack Disney and other large employers in the state.  In fact he’s already stated his intention to continue attacking Disney  

There’s too much at stake. We can’t let him remain in office.

Want more? Read on….

His history started before his election to governor. Everyone who was familiar with desantis knew he never finished things. He quit previous jobs and even quit Congress to run for governor. 

He runs on 45s coattails and winds up winning in Florida by a slim margin of a couple of thousand votes. (And by the way, quit on 45 a while after winning)

One thing that helped him was this: a few years before, we the people of Florida, voted to restore voting rights to felons who served their time. The GOP and former gov Scott didn’t like that much, and dragged their feet to not allow it. Then, when desantis won, he told us he was basically going to spend every cent it took (our tax dollars at work) to ensure that they couldn’t just vote again. 

And so began the assault on democracy, which culminated with a court throwing out most of the voting restrictions he helped create. 

For some reason, the legislature decided he could draw new voting maps. Typically this is done by committees who review the population and ideally should just draw boundaries to represent that population. One person creating maps for political (and if we’re honest, racist) reasons can’t be good for democracy. 

One of his platform items was not to allow fracking. Which he immediately reneged on, though there still hasn’t been any movement on that front specifically. Still, environmental protections appear to be no more than an inconvenience to him. 

We had the surfside tragedy and he promised change. But over the course of two legislative sessions - and two special sessions - that was never discussed. Nor was the “insurance crisis” we have going on in the state. 

Context: The state of Florida, after hurricane Andrew (in 1992!) saw many insurers leave the state and the state setup something called the joint underwriters (or colloquially "citizens insurance") as a stop gap. And it has grown every year. You have to have insurance to have a mortgage.  No one writes policies. So... 

Now our only choice is to ostensibly buy homeowners insurance from the state. Which is decidedly not a principle of small government.

The list goes on of course. The legislature also found time to pass a bill proposed by energy companies in the state, and the governor was all in on it. The summary: we voted to make it constitutionally allowable for homeowners to go off the grid and install solar. This new legislation undoes that; you have to remain hooked up to the energy company AND pay them a monthly fee of the revenue they “lost” on you as a customer. And there are other punitive things included. So much for freedom.

He also was a big proponent of the anti-riot bill, which essentially would give police broad authority (mostly under his discretion) to call whatever they want a riot. This one is tied up in court, but two things happened after. First, he proposed authorizing a private military under his direction (a militia if you will) to handle situations. And second, he was encouraging the trucking convoy to disrupt commerce because it suited his purpose.  And by the law he signed, technically they could be considered rioters. And then there were the protestors at Disney of course. They were rioters under the law, but nothing happened. So tell me what this is really about?

And we have to talk about covid. Florida has the third largest number of cases and deaths (perhaps it’s even higher, there were shenanigans going on with the counting) so it’s relevant. 

The governor decided that he, as an authoritarian ruler, knew all there was to know about the virus. That everyone was lying about it. And the state of Florida needed to remain open for business. He dictated everything the counties, the school boards, and even businesses could do in the state regarding covid. Small government? Hardly. 

Look I’m not saying that anyone had this figured out. We had a giant social/science experiment ongoing. The problems I had were that this seemed (as I noted) very authoritarian disguised as “freedom” and that he was doing a victory dance on everyone. It’s one thing to be assertive and say “let’s try this” … it’s quite another to say “we’re doing this and anyone who disagrees can F off.”

There was also a story (which I can not locate) about his investments in companies that provided “alternative treatments” which would suggest he increased his personal financial portfolio along the way. 

He fined people and organizations. He sued. He fired and then personally attacked a data scientist who was simply providing information. None of this is right. 

And then, almost to underscore the point, he signs legislation that essentially bans abortion.  During his assault on covid rules, he used the always-associated-with abortion statement “my body, my choice” but then signed abortion restrictions. Is it about freedom? 

He also made clear that people can and should have guns, because you know, human life is precious. Contrary to his stance on abortion. He wants to add open firearm carry - without permits - in the state.  This is something even guns rights groups oppose, so you have to wonder if this is really about racism and intimidation.

He continues the assault on our freedoms by imposing rules on schools and businesses related to what they can teach, or otherwise provide as training. And yes, I said on private companies.  

He made a comment to the effect of you can’t make white people feel uncomfortable about things. Whatever that means. 

He’s a tyrant and he’s dangerous. We must vote him out. 

[editors note: the Florida legislature did hold another special session to “fix” the insurance problem and the condo issues. Again these were hastily crafted (over mere hours) pieces of rubbish that the governor can claim help - but which will need time to figure out.  And the law of unintended consequences surely will be an issue down the road. So don’t believe any bluster that this will help. 30 years of mismanagement and poor legislation can’t be fixed in a couple of hours, sorry.  And by the way more insurers pulled out of the state after the legislation passed, so you can see it had the opposite effect on the state]

Vote him out: Marco Rubio

 My problems with Marco are centered around him being a  blowhard politician. He says and does things that sound like they have meaning but they are nothing more than words. 

He is a Republican mainly because he is Cuban. JFK was a democrat, and failed the Cuban population at the bay of pigs, and so most Cubans made a connection that kennedy failed them, and therefore all democrats support the Castro regime and communism. It’s weird, especially in light of the rise of the last person in the Oval Office, one #45 who was a wanna be tyrant, pulling pages from castros playbook. 

And yet rubio blindly supported the guy. It makes no sense. 

And of course he says he supports Latinos. But really only opposes communist regimes in Spanish speaking countries. 

By the way, in case you didn’t get the memo, most of the old white guys in the party…don’t like Hispanics.

Marco hasn’t held a single in-person town hall during his current term. Nor has he hosted a virtual one for his constituents (but I understand he’s happy to meet with his donors!). Though he has bowed to pressure slightly and does have his staff hold them from time to time. They read from scripts and take some notes. But it is not the same thing. 

He always has a big security detail around him in public and will not talk to anyone - reporters included - when he’s out. He always says he’s too busy. 

I have written to him on a variety of topics over the years. Many months later, I have gotten back a form letter that (a) is almost always vague about which topic it was about and (b) is so non-committal about anything.

Impeachment answers were “yes he committed a crime, but I didn’t vote for it because…” on the second impeachment the reason was because there was an election and we could vote him out. 

We did and there was a coup attempt that he refused to comment on, or otherwise address. Can you see why I have issues?

And then there was this: a few days after the parkland shooting, he sat on a stage and tried his best to give nothing more than non-committal answers and offer his condolences. But then one of the kids asked him a question about whether he would stop taking money from the nra.  The answer was predictable along the lines of “of course not, I’ll take money from any big donors and represent their interests.”

He has repeated the same time and again when it comes to taking money in the face of adversity - he always will take it and do what they want. 

A government by the people, for the people, and of the people. 

Tell me again what he has done for any of us? Or why he won’t even bother to talk to us - the wretched individuals who don’t support him.

By the way, when it comes to Disney, he was incensed that they took a stand on the “don’t say gay” legislation. His approach was to remind Disney that they filmed the live action Mulan in a region where human rights abuses are ongoing - so they should “stay in their lane” and focus on something else. (Editors note: Disney was wrong, but why can’t it be both?)

After the Texas massacre, I contacted Rubio and suggested it was time to have an honest discussion about gun control, and that the logical first step was to ban assault rifles.

The response I received was a bunch of nonsensical BS that reminds us he is committed to helping… anyone who gives him large sums of money (see the comment above). What do the words in this message even mean?

And when a bipartisan bill on gun safety (that amounts to “baby steps” on the road to gun safety, but it’s heartening to think there was *some* movement by both parties) came to a vote, he voted against it. Spitting on the memories of those killed at the pulse nightclub and parkland - in his home state.

He needs to be voted out!

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell schools Jim Jordan on first amendment

The nfl is a mess, and a stupid joke.

They have so many things going on that are negative and idiotic, and are run by a bunch of rich old white guys.

They can stuff most of what happens, but this was gold.

Disney worker rips company over vow to pay aborti…

the article should read "guy running for office uses abortion ruling to promote his stance, calls out the company he works for, and will be reprimanded or fired"

Just to be clear: most companies have policies where you are welcome to run for political office, but you can't campaign at work, and you can't use the company in any way in your campaign.

Single issue voters

First off, people who tell me they are single issue voters tally irk me. The world is a complicated place, and you saying that it's just about one specific thing is just stupid.

I've known many people over the years who have told me that they vote based on where candidates stand on that one topic.

So I've naturally known a few folks who believe abortion is the single issue that motivates them. They would vote for any candidate who opposes abortion because life is precious, blah, blah, blah. Didn't matter what else that person stood for, they were all in on that topic.

So my question to them is: now that abortion has no protections, what will you do? Find another stupid reason to vote? Not vote at all? Actually listen to where candidates stand on issues that affect you personally?

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Judicial activism

It's funny how when the supreme court was more balanced, the gop was big on trying to help it lean more conservative in every way possible.

They warned against "judicial activism" creeping in and more progressive policies taking hold.

Then the balance shifted more conservative and douchey. Two very questionably filled seats later… and here we are.

They went after gun control in a broader way than the legal question.

They set their sights on Roe v Wade in a case that perhaps should have diminished abortion rights and instead abolished the previous ruling.

In his majority opinion alito called the original ruling "deeply flawed" and needed to be rectified.

In his dissent, Chief Justice Robert's effectively said that the majority opinions were flawed and the court went too far in its ruling.

Are you seeing it yet? That is judicial activism. They ruled on something that wasn't really part of the case.

And then, for good measure, Thomas decided to tell us they wanted to come after more previous rulings….without a case before them related to the matter.

Judicial. Activism.

…and by the way, I should also call out Susan Collins for her insistence that abortion rights were safe. The people she voted to confirm would never overturn Roe….how's that working out for you, dumbass?

Thursday, June 16, 2022

The January 6th hearings

With each day that passes, it becomes clearer and clearer that what happened at the capitol was no random act. This was a coordinated attack on our democracy from outside - and shockingly from inside as well.

As Abraham Lincoln once cautioned us, in a wide-ranging speech leading up to the civil war, the only way we can be destroyed is from within. We must always be cautious, and guard against this to not let that happen.

As I've said many times, every person. Every. Single. One. Needs to be held accountable for what they did before, on that day, and even after, to commit an assault on democracy. And we need to exercise the laws for sedition and seditious conspiracy (or more) as needed - no matter that persons position, role, or relative power. Charge them with crimes, and let it play out in a court of law.

This isn't a joke, and without punishment, they will try and again and again, and may have success in eliminating our democracy in the future...

Now as for 45, there is even more coming out about him and the things he did. And one thing that struck me was how he was grifting as he mounted his "legal defense"...he didn't do the typical things a politician does to retain power - instead he attacked democracy head on, AND cashed in on people's willingness to believe the big lie, in their thoughts, and with their wallets. So he made money and got a mob to attack the capitol on his behalf.

That's a spectacular thing to do. And he deserves to be publicly humiliated, have all of his assets seized, and go to jail.

While he's no "mastermind," he certainly did take advantage of the opportunity to make this happen.

Oh Elon...

Elon Musk is a bit of a lightning rod. He says and does things that are polarizing, grab headlines, and sometimes are just stupid.

But he's fairly smart, or at least savvy, and he has this Thomas Edison quality about him; he surrounds himself with sharp people and knows how to engage in serious self-promotion.

Recently, he made a comment that he thinks Florida's (douchebag, wanna be dictator) governor would get his endorsement for president.

I was taken aback. It seemingly came "out of nowhere" and is kind of, well, ill conceived and stupid.

Then, I thought about it. Governor dimwitty has made it his made it his current priority to antagonize any and everyone who disagrees with him. And he is especially harsh on companies that say or do anything contrary to his will (see "dictator")...

One of Musks companies sells cars in Florida. One of Musks companies is trying to build tunnels in Florida. One of Musks likely-soon-to-be-acquired companies (twitter) has been in the governors crosshairs for a while. And probably most importantly, one of Musks companies launches spacecraft in Florida and is trying to expand that footprint.

If your goal is to make money, and expand, and you see the governor of the state GIVES YOU shit if you kiss the ring, and gives you SHIT if you are opposed in any way, then this might be an option.

Not one I'd take, but certainly an option.

So like most things musk says that aren't specifically about his companies, I see it is crazy and perhaps a little calculated.

Even if it's about his bottom line, he can stick this comment up his ass.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Rubios comments on the Jan 6th public hearings.

He said a lot of "blah blah blah" about the events, the police, and the hearings.

But I did catch a rare moment of perhaps unintentional honesty and wanted to give him credit.

He said "This is a two-hour free documentary sponsored by virtually every major network in America — except for [Fox News] — that's willing to give it airtime,"

A documentary film or documentary is a non-fictional motion-picture intended to "document reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education or maintaining a historical record".

So he was correct! It is a documentary that recounts the historical record of an insurrection that was underway.

I appreciate that he acknowledged that!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

An open letter to my GOP senators about guns and terrorism

Back on 9/11 (2001), nearly 3,000 people were killed in the largest terrorist attack on American soil. We were justifiably outraged. And so our legislature set about finding ways to make sure "this couldn't happen again."

The TSA was established. And though no one batted an eye because of our safety, this bumped right against the 4th amendment and illegal search. Yes, one could argue that you are choosing to fly, but in to do so, we are openly willing to give up a right.

And of course with the domestic surveillance program that was opened, and the ability to monitor free speech, the first amendment was severely curtailed. (And for the record, there was some discussion among those in power that we needed to somehow eliminate the Islamic faith. Although, this didn't happen, it was a broad discussion that further undermined the first amendment; such a discussion should never happen)

The clear implication in all of this is that the foreign "evil doers" must be stopped and we can certainly openly discuss how to curtail our constitutional rights to accomplish it.

Meanwhile, according to the FBI statistics, nearly 2,500 people have died in mass shootings in the time since 9/11. And we can't be bothered to lift a finger.

Some in the GOP will outright tell you that they "don't want to weaken the 2nd amendment."

But many of them, in power then as now, were nonchalant about weakening the 1st and 4th to keep us safe.

Safe from…foreign terrorists. I mean, after all, the department of homeland security was established. It's name makes clear this is about foreign threats.

And meanwhile, crazy (typically white) people who are American citizens with weapons of war are committing acts of domestic terrorism and politicians sit idly by and do nothing.

At what point do you decide that American lives have more value than a simple interpretation of the second amendment? How about if we actually discuss it and what it means? And put some definitions around it? And take the weapons of war out of peoples hands.

Or am I asking too much of you as my elected representative?

Saturday, June 4, 2022

North Carolina Bill Targeting Free Charging Could…

Remind me again about capitalism, free enterprise, and small government?

Look. "Free" EV charging is typically level 2, which would mean that in order to get a meaningful charge, you have to remain plugged in for several hours.

So typically, businesses offer this service as a courtesy to customers.

What if businesses, savvy enough to offer charging through one of the services and require you to signup via an app, charge you via the app …. but the charge costs, say, a penny, for however long you stay, but that penny is offered as a promotion? Then it wouldn't be free, right?

And what of private individuals who offer you to charge at their house?

Would that be illegal?

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Florida art dealer arrested after allegedly selli…

Wasn't I talking about art forgeries yesterday?

Good luck finding an NFT fake…

Friday, June 3, 2022

Don’t worry. He’ll tell you how to think.

So the dipshits definition of "small government" is him telling everyone what to do. Like a dictator?

I guess that's a form of small government.

Anyone want to buy my NFT?

It's exclusive! And I'll let it go for a mere $1,000,000!

The notion of NFTs makes me chuckle

Someone creates "digital art" and then sells it as a non fungible token. So they have value, because someone says they have value.

It's maybe a little like painted art works in that the one-of-a-kind masterpiece has value because someone (or many someone's) like it and say it has value.

But it's not at all like painted art in that you can't hang it in a wall, you can't see the brush strokes, you can't interpret the artists mood, and so on. It's clip art. 2 dimensional media that exists only on a computer. And that is just pixels with no true creativity. These aren't "artists" making them in a traditional sense.

Both are subject to copies being made of course. But honestly with digital media it's nearly impossible to spot a forgery. With physical art there are ways for a forgery to be spotted.

So an NFT may be have copies that look the same. The only difference is in the digital footprint. But those can be faked too. Still…That original is worth a lot…because someone said it was.

And that brings me around to thinking about photography. Old school photography used film. That was exposed to light and then could be developed to get a negative image and then that was printed onto paper.

There was this thing that was popularized in movies: someone would get blackmailed and would insist on payment to get the negatives and all prints. The meaning was that the person with the film had "the originals" and that way no one else could ever see them.

It's laughable because it wasn't that hard to duplicate the negatives and the person may have printed 100 photos, but said they only printed 50 and gives you those.

That's exactly the same problem as the NFTs. You are getting "the original" and if you believe it then you're the sucker. Someone essentially blackmailed you for the negatives.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Ban assault weapons!

Uvalde. Sandy Hook. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. Pulse Nightclub. San Bernardino.

Every single one of those massacres was done with an AR-15: an assault rifle that the NRA called "America's Rifle."

Meanwhile, the NRA and gun manufacturers are partying at a lavish NRA conference in Houston. Yes, in Texas where this shooting just happened. It's always too soon to talk about gun deaths, but never too soon to bring people together to celebrate gun culture - and make money. 

For the good of our republic, and to save our lives, those that profit off mass murder need to be stopped.

Congress has a choice: cowardice or courage. They must hear from us NOW in this critical moment that assault weapons MUST BE BANNED.

It's time to call your congressman and senators to tell them what you think! Just Google their names (and if you're not sure who they are just Google who your representative is) and you'll find a contact page. 

According to a recent poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans – 63% – want assault weapons banned.

No civilian should ever own one. They are so lethal, even police are afraid to stop mass shooters wielding them.

A tiny minority of armed lunatics and an evil gun industry protecting their profits spend millions buying off politicians who throw their hands up and blame anything but the guns for mass shootings.

Congress needs to hear from thousands of of Americans like us.  We have had ENOUGH of massacres, death, and grief.

Sunday, May 8, 2022


The governor wanted to undo the legislation that essentially created Disney world.

I have studied this thoroughly, and I generally agree that the legislation was suspect, and the fact that there was some grifting that happened, and the fact that this was written by a CIA operative is peculiar.

But it's worked for 50 years and Disney has mostly been a good citizen.

If you are going to undo it…maybe have a plan(?)

…so the authoritarian douche says he wants it undone, and with mere moments of discussion, it came to pass. Without considering the possible (and surely unintended!) consequences. Plus the supplementary legislation that came about in those 50 years - what happens there?

…but my basic question is quite simply why? What's his rationale? It appeared to come in response to Disney taking an awkward stand on the "don't say gay bill," but that's a response that's not really commensurate with the statement. And, in calling for the special session, the governor insisted it had something to do with his personal beef with Twitter.

You have to figure this has a deeper significance and surely is related to money and power.

I might suggest this has to do with Floridas natural resources. Until he became governor, there was an independent body called the south Florida water management district, which basically controlled water flows and monitored quality around lake okeechobee and south into the Everglades.

He folded it under him in some way, and made it a political game. They are no longer independent and have to abide by his rules.

Disney had broad authority over all of their waterways (in addition to power, sewer, and related utilities). They controlled water flow, water levels, and monitored quality. Disney had a decent environmental record on that front. But now…I'm assuming this would revert to the state. Meaning he controls all those waterways … and really all waterways in Florida.

That can't be good for us from an environmental perspective.

Fake marina with fake water steals show at Miami Grand Prix AP News

Freaking hilarious. 

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Plant based diets and economics

A couple of years ago, there were some new players in the plant based category. They had VC funding and had products who more closely resemble meat in texture and flavor.

The other players in the "vegetarian" category up their game to do similar products and go further.

Some of these players got involved with the fast food companies. Tests are run, and success is there, though not overwhelming so. A few fast food places drop items, some add more.

It was unclear how this might play out. Would this amount to anything?

And then McDonald's tries out a product … it looks like a failure. Until McDonalds discusses their product at an investor forum.

In short: The cost of doing business is high. Rising wages. Demand for quality ingredients. Other factors. They had to discard the dollar menu because the economics dictated it.

And then there's the cost of  meat and getting it to stores. The financial part of it suggests it's not a good long-term strategy. Meat is expensive and getting more so. The supply chain costs are going way up. And it's extremely perishable being fresh (or quick frozen). And there's the cost from an environmental standpoint. More land is needed. Destroying more of the environment.

McDonald's realizes that this isn't sustainable and they have to move to something other than traditional meat.

They'll be expanding their offerings to include more plant-based options. Then the cost shift will happen, where meat based products will cost more than plant based. And it will evolve to make items that you might not be able to tell the difference between…

Burger King also started talking about making their products more accessible, so they might use machines just for plant-based rather than sharing.

So the success of plant based will be driven by economics.

And ultimately we all may win. And have better products available. Sure the plant based ingredients are processed. And may not be "health foods" but it is progress toward a better future and sustainability.

Judicial activism

A few years ago, the GOP decried the notion of "judicial activism."

It just wouldn't be right to legislate from the bench!

A couple of stolen Supreme Court seats, and another a couple that went to unqualified individuals, later…  and the this court is now deciding on what's right and essentially legislating where Congress has faltered.

The reasoning behind the repeal of Roe v Wade is flawed and nonsensical. Make no mistake this is judicial activism.

It's amazing, though, that the response from the GOP is crickets. Well, maybe it’s crickets on the outrage, but the response is more like cheering. 

And now they'll go after a host of other items. The assault on us and our rights will be led by this small group of idiots.

Congress could codify (and arguably already should have codified) some of these things into law. But they're too busy fighting about nonsense (as always).

Thursday, May 5, 2022


I watched a little from a couple of games…and yeah there are a few clever innovations. But the football itself is just bad. I mean worse than lower tier college football.

But as they say "it's still football," so I was still watching a little.

And then came the ad featuring the douche bag pillow salesman. Why does anyone allow him airtime? He's a traitor.

And that's when I decided that the football isn't good enough to simply ignore him and his asinine self.

So thanks usfl for trying. But I'm out.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

NFL warned to improve treatment of women by six AGs: 'Pink jerseys are not a replacement'

(A) there's this story … and notice the AG from Florida didn't sign on to this. Of course he didn't.

And (B) there was another story about how the dolphins were trying to swing a deal to get Tom Brady to come to Miami…but then the dolphins got sued by Brian Flores, and there went that idea. Funny how these two stories are connected…

NFL: Roger Goodell blew moment to expose Daniel S…

This is what is wrong with sports…

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Monday, April 4, 2022

Never forget, it’s always about the money. College edition.

A few years ago, the FBI brought forth evidence that several coaches in the college sports landscape were acting inappropriately…re-directing scholarships, paying players, recruiting high schoolers with lucrative offers.

Last I heard, the cases stalled, so there's not much happening in the legal sense.

One of the coaches implicated was Bill Self, the Kansas coach. At the time he was labeled a cheater. The NCAA pushed hard for him to be dismissed from his job.

But Kansas saw him as a great hero. He was winning games and making money for the school. They wouldn't budge.

In fact, Kansas "doubled down" and signed him to a lifetime contract. Thumbing their nose at the ncaa and the fbi.

And here is Kansas basketball playing for a national championship. With a cheating coach.

No punishment. And I have little doubt he's still doing whatever it was he was doing.

It's so absurd.

Money rules all.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Stupid thing for the day

Costco has self checkout. For 1+ years, they've had a person at each register scanning items. They beep beep beep and you're out.

Today, they had one person per aisle (covering 3 stations). Rather than the remote, you have to take each item out, scan it on the machine and place them in the area to the right.

If you miss placing one item it stops and tells you to place it in the area.

If you have a problem it stops completely. And you have to wait for the person. If you buy alcohol it stops completely. And you have to wait for the person.

If you try to put stuff back in the cart before it finishes paying it stops completely. And you have to wait for the person.

It took us 2x as long as using a cashier. And 4x as long as when they had people scanning.

I think I shan't be using self checkout at Costco. It's dumb.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Elon Musk Says the US Has 'Very, Very Ancient Lea…

Musk is weird and yet sage at times.

When Musk was asked about humans having "a significantly increased lifespan," he offered a straightforward view about human life.

"I don't think we should try to have people live for a really long time," he told Döpfner. "That it would cause asphyxiation of society because the truth is, most people don't change their mind. They just die."

He continued: "So if they don't die, we will be stuck with old ideas and society wouldn't advance."

Musk then said that a "gerontocracy" — where a government is essentially controlled by citizens significantly older than the bulk of the population — is not healthy.

"I think we already have quite a serious issue with gerontocracy, where the leaders of so many countries are extremely old," he revealed. "In the US, it's a very, very ancient leadership. And it is just impossible to stay in touch with the people if you are many generations older than them."

He added: "The founders of the USA put minimum ages for a local office. But they did not put maximum ages because they did not expect that people will be living so long. They should have. Because for a democracy to function, the leaders must be reasonably in touch with the bulk of the population. And if you're too young or too old, you can't say that you will be attached."

Musk said that he'd like to see political leaders "be ideally within 10 or at least, 20 years of the average age of the population."

Friday, March 25, 2022

I’ll let that sink in.

"I'm saying that Judge Jackson is on the board of a school that aggressively teaches critical race theory, and that is an extreme and divisive theory that pits children against other children, divides us based on race, and teaches a false and revisionist history of our nation."
 —Ted Cruz

Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Geez. That’s crazy

There was an "astronomically close" event of a meteor passing by earth over the weekend. It actually came between earth and the moon!

You can watch video of the pass here.

But what gets me is that this very well could have been a cataclysmic event - Perhaps not extinction level - but certainly a threat to the future of humanity.

And here we are debating about whether we can say the word gay.

What is wrong with us?!

Quite a meaningful email…

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Buchholz High School student discovers and publis…

We need so much more of this in life….using our brains to unravel the universes mysteries instead of remembering the names of absurd celebrities

Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

How do you like them apples?

Governor dimwitty here in Florida was hoping to see a disruption caused by the trucking convoy here in Florida because…yeah he didn't really give a reason.  

But it's funny. Because last year he signed into law an anti riot piece of legislation, most of which has been blocked by a federal judge. 

At the time…

DeSantis called it "the strongest anti-riot, pro-law enforcement legislation in the country." And it is. While other Southern states like Alabama have passed laws limiting where protests can be held, charging fees for cleanup costs, and paying local law enforcement, no law is as sweeping—or as potentially damning—as Florida's H.B.1. 

The new law also undermines the community's collective power. In direct opposition to rallying cries to defund police, DeSantis has new permissions to take control of city budgets to block attempts at reducing funding for law enforcement.

The law also redefines the term "riot," giving police the power to interpret what makes a gathering violent or dangerous: 

"A person who participates in a public disturbance involving an assembly of three or more persons acting with a common intent to mutually assist each other in disorderly and violent conduct resulting in injury or damage to another person or property, or creating a clear and present danger of injury or damage to another person or property." 

So I would assume that police could use the law to arrest the truckers? Or is it just "riots" that he, personally, is opposed to?

A little pessimism

People say they want for the pandemic to be over, and return to life as they knew it.

First off, we will have an endemic when nature decides it's ready. No amount of wishing will change that. But why haven't we invested into anything that may hasten that, short of a vaccine of course? We humans are ill prepared for much in spite of our intelligence and advances in technology.

Second, from where I sit, there is no way I (and I suspect many others) can return to what we had before.

My dad died. My boys went to college. We found out that sports is a big lie, and should be consumed only for entertainment. It's about money and nothing else. Disney has turned out to be about a cash grab. I'm happier at home watching movies on my schedule. I decided I really didn't care for restaurants anyway, and cook great things at home. People I thought were my friends moved, flaked out, or otherwise showed they're really not my friends (save a few of course). I'm older and closer to retirement, and don't have a passion for working - and anyway we went remote 100% and I'm just as happy with that. There's no office to return to, per se.

So any- and every- thing I had pre-pandemic is gone. I have nothing to return to. And in my seemingly-rewired brain, I feel different. Maybe anti-social to a point. I have no real interests. The things I enjoyed and enjoyed doing don't really exist anymore.

So for me it's a whole new normal. Different that pre-pandemic. Closer to pandemic. But not that, either.

Maybe we'll travel at some point. Maybe there's something in that?

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

About that Russian skater

The Olympics are struggling in many ways. No spectators. All time low tv ratings. Athletes no longer being amateurs. Athletes crossing borders to seek their own fortune (thus subverting the idea of "international competition")

And of course countries putting pressure on the events in various ways.

Plus payoffs and scandals surrounding hosting (because there's big money to be made)

Including from Russia of course.

Russia has a huuuuuge doping scandal. So much so that they are not allowed to compete as Russia. They are the "Russian Olympic committee."

It pisses them off. Because they get caught.

There is much back and forth and legal wrangling.

And of course they don't stop doping - why would they? This is about money. About winning.

So a 15-year-old skater gets caught. It's not her fault! Maybe she tested positive because she drank from the same glass as her grandfather! You can't keep her from competing!

There're a lot of lawyers involved. No decisions. No idea what to do.

The Olympic committee, corrupt to the core, is trying to stay relevant. They can not win in any case. So why not sluff it off until after the games are over?

Because the alternatives are (1) that the rest of the world gets pissed and stops competing or (worse) people stop spending money. Or (2) Russia says they're not playing anymore and forms their own worldwide games.

In either case, there is a revenue issue Who makes money then?

This is 100% about money and power.
The Olympics are not about competition. Though certainly to some athletes it is.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

EV ads in the big game

Interesting. There were 2 ads for car companies promoting their ICE cars. Though it was about the company, and not about a specific car.

Nissan had an ad, in spite of them getting into the EV market. It was kind of like a "hey! Don't forget about us!"

And Toyota had an ad. Which is hilarious because it's clear they will only get into the EV market when pulled into it, kicking and screaming.

There were two ads for EV charging. One was a local ad for Florida Power & Light.

The other was for a company called Wallbox.

Then there were 6 ads I saw for EV cars. I think the first was technically before the game started; it was for the Hyundai ioniq.

Then there were ads for Polestar, BMW, and Kia.

And two ads for GM. The first was decent. But the second was a clever ad featuring Dr Evil talking about EV taking over the world.

This was my favorite ad of the night.

EVs for the win!


As in "Nimrods find truth" … that is idiots try to seem smart by talking about crypto.

There was an ad during the big game that was a QR code just floating around the screen for 30 seconds.

It was stupid. Dear daughter wanted to see what it was and so snapped a pic.

It was for one of the phony baloney not-actual-coin money deals. (As Ralphie in “Christmas Story” says … “a crummy commercial?!”)

And I thought "hey that commercial makes about as much sense as their actual product"

Later, right on queue there was another funny money ad. Essentially "don't be stupid. Don't miss out!"

No explanation or suggested ideas what "it" is.

But invest in it!

Hype machine.

Is this the end of an Olympic ticket monopoly?


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Ex-Dolphins coach Brian Flores sues, saying NFL ‘rife with racism’ - New York Daily News

"In certain critical ways, the NFL is racially segregated and is managed much like a plantation," the lawsuit charged. "Its 32 owners — none of whom are black — profit substantially from the labor of NFL players, 70% of whom are black."


It's pretty damning. The dumbass owner offered the coach money to lose. And people still paid for tickets and rooted for the team. 


And that makes Ross the worst owner in the nfl, if not in all of sports. 

The nfl is not seeing a dime of my money. 

On the NFL

5 teams have not made the superbowl in the 50 year span:


Four are from the AFC. Two were more recent expansion teams.

Bizarre right?

Super bowl participants

The dolphins last won the super bowl after the 1973 season. You know nearly 50 years ago. They’ve been back twice (both in the 80s), but didn’t win. 

Meanwhile, here’s how the rest of the NFL has done in that span:

Team                      Appearances       Wins 
Patriots                        11                      6 
Steelers                         8                      6 
Broncos                        8                      3 
49ers                             7                      5 
Cowboys                      6                       4 
Giants                           5                       4 
Rams                            5                        1*
Raiders                         4                        3 
football team                4                        3 
Bills                              4                        0
Packers                         3                        2 
Eagles                           3                        1 
Seahawks                      3                        1 
Bengals                         3                        0*
Ravens                          2                        2 
Bucs                              2                        2 
Chiefs                            2                        1
Bears                             2                        1
Colts                              2                        1 
Dolphins                        2                        0
Vikings                          2                        0
Panthers                         2                        0
Falcons                          2                        0
 Saints                            1                        1
 Cardinals                       1                        0
 Titans                            1                        0
 Chargers                        1                        0

Wonky formatting. 🤷🏼‍♂️

Monday, January 31, 2022

Trump says he wanted Pence to overturn the 2020 election…

Trump says he wanted Pence to overturn the 2020 election and falsely claims it was vice president's 'right'

So essentially what he's saying is that whoever is in power an simply stay in power from here on out. Kinda like a dictatorship?

Does that mean elections no longer matter, and since Biden is our current president, he can just stay there forever?

Or does it only apply if you have an R next to your name?

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

So f’ing dumb

I saw a headline this morning to the effect of 'in response to the surf side tragedy, senate approves bill for state inspections'

In general, the legislation is a good idea. And maybe it's well written enough to do some good.

My issue has to with the fact that it took them 6 months to come up with something designed to actually protect citizens. But meanwhile, they could quickly and glibly cobble together a bill that forces twitter to allow 45 back on.

And, worse, they held a special legislative session to pass a law that school boards can't require masks.

Those were legislative priorities. But protecting citizens is not.

I got issues.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Ain’t that stupid?

In response to #45 getting booted from social media, the state of Florida made it a "legislative priority" to prohibit social media companies from banning politicians.

They passed a law … and it was blocked from implementation. Essentially saying that the state was not specific enough.

Predictably, the state has appealed.

But here's the rub. It's one state trying to tell a private company how to conduct business. Because…reasons!

Meanwhile, they fought hard against the White House requiring a vaccine mandate for private businesses. Because you can't tell private … business … what to …

Oh the absurdity.

And there's the not so subtle problem of equal protection. Each state can do what's in its own best interest. It's why we have different healthcare options depending on where you live, why insurance for cars and homes varies, why voting is inconsistent, and so on.

But one state wants to dictate how a private company, that is not even based in that state, operates in every state. And some states surely don't agree with Florida.

Yeah, this is the problem with having mini #45 serving as the governor here. His legislative "priorities" and how he allocated tax dollars to suit him … is insane.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

This Novak Djokovic story is stupid

The whole thing. All of it. Is dumb.

Australia as a nation has its rules. Novak decided the rules didn't apply to him and looked for a loophole. "His team" found one and used the specter of the dollars associated with the tournament to try and exploit it.

A legal battle ensues and he wins, on the technical merits of how he used the loophole.

Then the country decides that there's a larger problem: politics. If you let him play fast and loose with the rules, then there are no rules. You can't enforce anything anymore. There's an election upcoming. They are at least trying to protect the public interest.

So they cancel his visa and expedite a court case to deport him.

End of story.

At any point, he could have simply left. But instead he decided to be a self important, entitled, prick. The rules didn't apply to him. His team made the mistake, not him. He was there for the love of sport. He was persecuted. He has views on the whole pandemic that he wants to share.

The country probably didn't handle it correctly from the start. But they did ultimately handle it in the way that enforced their rules. And they had to use their legal system to sort it out.

I'm not here to debate whether they were right, or wrong, just that they had rules and they upheld them.

But I have to say I'm glad that he lost. For once, a pompous asshole gets his comeuppance in spite of his money and relative power.

And it's led to some great memes and funny comments. So winning! On several fronts.

"Novak is the first player to lose a major tennis match after missing two shots"

Friday, January 14, 2022

That’s peculiar, Supreme Court edition

The Supreme Court struck down Biden's mandate for businesses to require vaccines and related precautionary items.

First off, the end result was predictable. SCOTUS has a definite bias, and a mandate about public safety and health and well being is not specifically enumerated in the constitution. Although you could argue that it's in there in spirit, the justices didn't see it that way and so ruled "in favor of the constitution" that the president doesn't have that power over business.

It's not a good decision, but I maybe, kind of understand. Maybe.

The thing that gets me is that this defiance of a mandate even made it before the Supreme Court. Who brought it? Did they have legal standing? And what manner of petulance is this that someone felt the need to challenge the constitutionality of it?

Businesses, meanwhile, will do what's in their own best interest. Certainly some number of large companies will go ahead with vaccine mandates and protecting their employees and customers as a way to make things right in their own way. It might simply be that they are protecting themselves from lawsuits, or it could be that they are trying to do right by people. It really doesn't matter which.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The coaching carousel at the circus

For the last … decade? Or so? … the nfl has been all about winning now. You get a chance to prove yourself as a coach, and the goodwill around it may last as long as 4 years - if you're lucky. And if you're not, it may end after one (or in the middle of one of you really show yourself to be a jerk)

So every single year, there are anywhere between 6-9 head coaching jobs available. Yes, nearly 25% of the coaches are fired every year.

And for those teams that are really pathetic, they churn through a new coach regularly (the dolphins, for example, have had 11 coaches over 22 years. That's a new one every two years!)

With a new coach comes a new philosophy. A new set of players the coach likes. And a rebuild that sounds good on paper, but which inevitably gets the owner questioning the hire after a season or two.

And guess what? It's rare that these teams churning through coaches ever get any better. Sure they may show flash for one season. But it almost never lasts, and it's on to the next guy.

And yet the league is still popular. Fans still pay good money to see "their team" underperform.

The nfl is a joke.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Sam Obisanya turns down Edwin Akufo's offer - Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso is a really good show, very enjoyable. Sure, some episodes are a little weird, but its all entertaining. 

But this scene is pure comedic gold  

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Oh, so the tables are turned...

Hannity has a trove of text messages released, and he starts in with it being an invasion of his privacy! How could anyone allow for such a thing?! His indignance is clearly a defensive measure. And pretty funny.

Especially when you consider his stance on the patriot act, which became a thing after 9/11. Congress decided to allow various means of spying on citizens, including the collection of any communications, ostensibly as a means to prevent "terrorism". As I recall, he was all in on that.

What happened on Jan 6 was basically an act of domestic terrorism. Full stop. The insurrection would allow for communications between citizens to become public under the law.

But I guess a dipshit blowhard like Hannity can only see the threats to our nation being foreigners with accents.

And, for the record, I see that he was kind of, sort of, trying to stop the events in some way. But two things: first, somehow he knew about these events in advance. How did that come to pass? Does that make him complicit? What was going on there? And how much more does he know? He will have to come clean on this.

And second, the fact that he was aware of a seditious act being planned, but he didn't alert anyone, and rather tried to stop it via pleading on text, may expose him in a legal sense. He had an obligation to alert the fbi or others, and failure to do so may make him an accomplice to the crime in the eyes of the law.

It's no wonder he sees it as a problem *for him*

Every single person involved needs to be held accountable. Every one.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Strange times

Antonio Brown, known purveyor of fake vaccine cards, has a meltdown and leaves the field and ostensibly gets kicked off the team and probably will be "blackballed" from the NFL for his antics.

Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers, who knowingly broke the rules set forth by the NFL regarding vaccination and mask wearing, and lied to reporters and fans (or as he essentially says he "misled them, and they didn't ask followups so it's on them") … gets a free pass. As he did when broke the rules.

Rodgers is the leading candidate for the MVP of the league - in spite of his flaunting of the rules, and what's worse, missing a game because of it.

Somehow…he's going to be rewarded for his behavior?

Oh right. This was never about player safety. This was about making money and he sells tickets and makes it exciting so he gets the kudos, and none of those pesky rules apply to him.

He can use and promote quack science. Lie. Cheat. But win a football game and you're the man!

Such dumbassery

Vote him out: desantis

 While I have a lot to say about Desantis, I want to start by talking about Disney. Florida spent time to craft legislation to try and keep ...