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A couple of bros planning that all important vacation...

Good Morning, Ramblers! Let's get ramblin'!

I can only gather that this represents some kind of pathological obsession...

To portray young Black males as the perpetrators of violence, even if they have to use someone who was himself the victim of violence.

I give you "Angry Trayvon," courtesy of Play.Google for your Android device.

I'm not going to elaborate on this crap other than it's a horribly offensive revenge fantasy driven smear on the slain Trayvon Martin.

If you're an Android owner, I'd appreciate it if you would kindly go to the app's page and flag it as offensive.



Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity

My birthday is in October

If you really love me you can get me the entire DVD box set of Barney Miller. Every episode.

That's all I really need in this world.

The hardest thing about driving 120 mph on the FW is keeping the martini in the glass

And writing this post at the same time.

Abe Vigoda...


William S. Burroughs - Words Of Advice

The problem isn't who's running the Government, the problem IS the Government...

And, NO. I'm NOT paraphrasing Ronald Reagan here, because Ronald Reagan was a lying-assed hypocrite.

I'm talking about people here who are accusing President Obama of committing the same types of wrongs that Bush did.

Well... In some cases, yeah. That's quite true. Because it's inevitable that the Government functions under a certain amount of continuity from administration to administration in order to exist.

THAT, in any cogent sense of understanding of what's going on, is simply why establishing precedents in government is EVERYTHING.

You simply never want bad precedents to ever be established, because of the very nature of how our government was designed, those precedents create their own justification for perpetuating themselves.

And much of the subsequent considerations of those precedents are never about abolishing them, but rather about making fine adjustments on the margins.

Reagan, when he accused the government of being the "problem", knew full well that he only meant that it was "problem" for those people (whom he served) who were waiting for him to change the function of government into upwardly directed monetary funnel, rather than one that distributed wealth and rights in a more fair manner.

What I'm saying is that, our government is simply set up to do crappy, illegal and completely unfair shit, regardless of whomever is running it.

What we're seeing is not a process that began overnight and which could be resolved at the drop of a hat. It is the result of a prolonged, well-designed effort by individuals and interest groups who have used precedent to create and maintain such a situation that facilitates all of that crappy, illegal and completely unfair shit, regardless of whomever is running it.

In spite of that, I'm a fervent supporter of the current President, Democrats in Congress and liberals, Democrats and progressives in general.

However, I really don't expect a lot of radical change out of these people for the better, given the combined arrangement of our current economic and political system, the body of laws that are currently on the books and the utterly hypocritical and highly destructive actions of the Right Wing.

So, yeah. If you're wont for accusing the Prez of screwing up, by all means, have at it. Your complaints are perfectly justified.

But please understand this, the problem doesn't necessarily lie with whomever ever is playing the game, but it is more likely a RESULT of all of the hows, whys, whens and whatfors of the GAME ITSELF.

The Right’s Made-up ‘Constitution’

July 6, 2013

For Tea Partiers and libertarians, it is an article of faith that the Constitution tightly constrained the federal government and gave broad powers to the states. But that is bogus history — mere propaganda — and suggests that the Right’s rank-and-file has never read or understood the document, says historian Jada Thacker.

By Jada Thacker

The Cato Institute’s Handbook for Policy Makers says, “The American system was established to provide limited government.” The American Enterprise Institute states its purpose to “defend the principles” of “limited government.” The Heritage Foundation claims its mission is to promote “principles of … limited government.” A multitude of Tea Party associations follow suit.

At first glance the concept of “limited government” seems like a no-brainer. Everybody believes the power of government should be limited somehow. All those who think totalitarianism is a good idea raise your hand. But there is one problem with the ultra-conservatives’ “limited government” program: it is wrong. It is not just a little bit wrong, but demonstrably false.

The Constitution was never intended to “provide limited government,” and furthermore it did not do so. The U.S. government possessed the same constitutional power at the moment of its inception as it did yesterday afternoon.

This is not a matter of opinion, but of literacy. If we want to discover the truth about the scope of power granted to federal government by the Constitution, all we have to do is read what it says.

The Constitution’s grant of essentially unlimited power springs forth in its opening phrases: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

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