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October 30, 2023

Wet Shaving

I have for the past few years been getting into Wet Shaving with a Double Edge Razor, Artisan soaps and other wet shaving equipment.

I was wondering if there might be others here who share my hobby?

If so would it be cool to have a forum devoted to the hobby?

May 13, 2023

DeathSantis is a menace worse than tRump.

Learning about the Holocaust isn't considered being effing"woke." It is deeply concerning that this Dictator dismisses or downplays the importance of understanding one of the most horrifying and significant events in human history. The Holocaust represents the darkest depths of human cruelty, and its lessons are vital for us to confront the dangers of prejudice, discrimination, and unchecked power.

Governor DeathSantis's stance on banning books about the Holocaust is not only misguided but also deeply troubling. Denying access to information and suppressing historical truth is a dangerous path that threatens our intellectual freedom and erodes our collective memory. It is essential to preserve the opportunity for individuals to learn about the Holocaust and engage in critical thinking to prevent the repetition of such atrocities.

Education about the Holocaust is not a matter of being "woke"; it is about embracing our responsibility to remember, honor the victims, and ensure that future generations understand the consequences of hatred and intolerance. It is a moral obligation to teach and learn about the Holocaust, not only to confront the past but also to shape a more compassionate and empathetic society.

Banning books about the Holocaust and dismissing its significance as " woke" only perpetuates ignorance and fosters an environment where historical facts and critical understanding are disregarded. We must reject such narrow-minded perspectives and actively promote the importance of Holocaust education, emphasizing the need to confront the past, learn from it, and work towards a better future.

We will Never Forget!!!

December 3, 2022

It's not often I have a brain fart

My suggestion is for the Democratic underground to have its own mastodon server. Everyone here would join and it would give us much more exposure on the internet. I would love to contribute every month to this effort. What do you think guys?

March 18, 2020

Here is what happens when you privatize Emergency Preparedness.

My brother who was the director of emergency preparedness for southern Maine health facilities wrote this Facebook today as Maine faces Covid 19.

"In my last job, we had purchased over 1.5 million dollars of emergency equipment. Items such as emergency respirators, patient isolation equipment like negative pressure air handling systems with HEPA filtration, personal protective equipment, tens of thousand of surgical and N-95 masks, emergency patient beds and auto ventilators. I and my predecessor Steve Trockman had built up a coalition of 150 agencies in the healthcare and emergency preparedness fields. We worked together to train on this technical equipment and prepare for infectious disease outbreaks. We helped write the Maine states plans on H1N1, Swine Flu, Zika and Ebola.

As the years past, budgets started to be cut, each year we got less or the same amount. Equipment began to expire and even durable goods would break and need replacement. We were losing capacity to respond more and more. We went from an office of 8 staff down to only myself. Then in Dec 2018 the ME CDC with orders from Governor Paul LePage, outsourced my job to a company in North Carolina with no experience in Maine. A decade of work shattered without any transition plan at all. I was never contacted by the new agency and from what I can see the coalition, which was sited Nationally for excellence went into a state of complete collapse. The ME CDC staffers who destroyed the program are still running it today.

I complained dearly about this, the fact that we were losing capacity and that our hospital and long term care centers would be ill prepared for a significant outbreak. It fell on deaf ears at the ME CDC. I contacted the new governor with no reply, contacted several legislators and did not get any response. I wasn't even supported by my own agency (who administered the federal HPP grant) Maine Medical Center. I think they did not want to make any "waves" with the state government since they were in the process of applying for large new hospital expansion.

Our agency was enacted by the Maine Legislature and I sited the laws to officials, but no one cared and I could not afford to hire a lawyer to defend. I think I would have had a good chance in court on this. The ME CDC broke the law in my opinion.

So almost overnight, the program collapsed. Equipment expired and many items were tossed into the garbage. I think they were so embarrassed at what happened they wanted to sweep me under the rug. There were a few that gave me lip service but did nothing. Even at my own hospital MMC, little help.

In the mean time the critical training and equipment that could have saved hundreds of lives in this Corona outbreak, lay waste. No one was held accountable for this. I am ashamed, saddened and angry. This not only happened to my program, but across the country. It seems that people have to die in order for government to react. When you say you want smaller government, then expect no response to happen during critical events. You get what you pay for and now we will all be paying dearly for this egregious mistake. Only is it our loved ones that will suffer and die because of it. Please copy this to your legislature, and representative. Ask them why they defunded this program (Healthcare Preparedness Program under ASPR), why they outsourced it why the people who did this were never held accountable. It is a back story that they do not want you to hear. "

Paul Weiss

Here is a link to the published article on this.


Pass this on for exposure. Glad Gov LePage is gone.

October 29, 2017

Who is up The Creek?

If you had to guess who do you think is going down on Monday?

If you pick 2 or more please post your choices and reasoning if you care to.

November 24, 2012

So today I take a big step towards carbon neutral

I'm taking delivery of a used ( Recycled ) 2010 Toyota Prius.

50 mpg on avarage.

As my moniker clearly states, I am a salesman who does a fair amount of windshield time. I am looking forward to passing by those gas stations even more than I did with my old Civic.

Anyone here have one? Love it? Hate it?

Just wondering....

Oh and by the way, I got a new job with life changing money after 4 plus years of suffering. So to answer the GOP pundants: Yes life is better under a Democrat.

September 9, 2012

Finally: The best reason ever to vote for President Barack Obama!

Romney's Official Campaign Button (Believe In America but buy the freaking buttons in China? )

President Barack Obama's Campaign Button.
(Not out-Sourced)

Any questions?

July 22, 2012

Jason Alexander's Rightous Rant on Gun laws.

The following is a tweet from Jason Alexander. It's spot on and one of the best rants on the topic I've ever seen. Apparently we share more than Hairlines.


I'd like to preface this long tweet by saying that my passion comes from my deepest sympathy and shared sorrow with yesterday's victims and with the utmost respect for the people and the police/fire/medical/political forces of Aurora and all who seek to comfort and aid these victims.

This morning, I made a comment about how I do not understand people who support public ownership of assault style weapons like the AR-15 used in the Colorado massacre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AR-15

That comment, has of course, inspired a lot of feedback. There have been many tweets of agreement and sympathy but many, many more that have been challenging at the least, hostile and vitriolic at the worst.

Clearly, the angry, threatened and threatening, hostile comments are coming from gun owners and gun advocates. Despite these massacres recurring and despite the 100,000 Americans that die every year due to domestic gun violence - these people see no value to even considering some kind of control as to what kinds of weapons are put in civilian hands.

Many of them cite patriotism as their reason - true patriots support the Constitution adamantly and wholly. Constitution says citizens have the right to bear arms in order to maintain organized militias. I'm no constitutional scholar so here it is from the document itself:

As passed by the Congress:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:
"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

So the patriots are correct, gun ownership is in the constitution - if you're in a well-regulated militia. Let's see what no less a statesman than Alexander Hamilton had to say about a militia:

"A tolerable expertness in military movements is a business that requires time and practice. It is not a day, or even a week, that will suffice for the attainment of it. To oblige the great body of the yeomanry, and of the other classes of the citizens, to be under arms for the purpose of going through military exercises and evolutions, as often as might be necessary to acquire the degree of perfection which would entitle them to the character of a well-regulated militia, would be a real grievance to the people, and a serious public inconvenience and loss."

Or from Merriam-Webster dictionary:
Definition of MILITIA
a : a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency
b : a body of citizens organized for military service
: the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service

The advocates of guns who claim patriotism and the rights of the 2nd Amendment - are they in well-regulated militias? For the vast majority - the answer is no.

Then I get messages from seemingly decent and intelligent people who offer things like: @BrooklynAvi: Guns should only be banned if violent crimes committed with tomatoes means we should ban tomatoes. OR @nysportsguys1: Drunk drivers kill, should we ban fast cars?

I'm hoping that right after they hit send, they take a deep breath and realize that those arguments are completely specious. I believe tomatoes and cars have purposes other than killing. What purpose does an AR-15 serve to a sportsman that a more standard hunting rifle does not serve? Let's see - does it fire more rounds without reload? Yes. Does it fire farther and more accurately? Yes. Does it accommodate a more lethal payload? Yes. So basically, the purpose of an assault style weapon is to kill more stuff, more fully, faster and from further away. To achieve maximum lethality. Hardly the primary purpose of tomatoes and sports cars.

Then there are the tweets from the extreme right - these are the folk who believe our government has been corrupted and stolen and that the forces of evil are at play, planning to take over this nation and these folk are going to fight back and take a stand. And any moron like me who doesn't see it should...
a. be labeled a moron
b. shut the fuck up
c. be removed

And amazingly, I have some minor agreement with these folks. I believe there are evil forces at play in our government. But I call them corporatists. I call them absolutists. I call them the kind of ideologues from both sides, but mostly from the far right who swear allegiance to unelected officials that regardless of national need or global conditions, are never to levy a tax. That they are never to compromise or seek solutions with the other side. That are to obstruct every possible act of governance, even the ones they support or initiate. Whose political and social goal is to marginalize the other side, vilify and isolate them with the hope that they will surrender, go away or die out.

These people believe that the US government is eventually going to go street by street and enslave our citizens. Now as long as that is only happening to liberals, homosexuals and democrats - no problem. But if they try it with anyone else - it's going to be arms-ageddon and these committed, God-fearing, brave souls will then use their military-esque arsenal to show the forces of our corrupt government whats-what. These people think they meet the definition of a "militia". They don't. At least not the constitutional one. And, if it should actually come to such an unthinkable reality, these people believe they would win. That's why they have to "take our country back". From who? From anyone who doesn't think like them or see the world like them. They hold the only truth, everyone else is dangerous. Ever meet a terrorist that doesn't believe that? Just asking.

Then there are the folks who write that if everyone in Colorado had a weapon, this maniac would have been stopped. Perhaps. But I do believe that the element of surprise, tear gas and head to toe kevlar protection might have given him a distinct edge. Not only that, but a crowd of people firing away in a chaotic arena without training or planning - I tend to think that scenario could produce even more victims.

Lastly, there are these well-intended realists that say that people like this evil animal would get these weapons even if we regulated them. And they may be right. But he wouldn't have strolled down the road to Kmart and picked them up. Regulated, he would have had to go to illegal sources - sources that could possibly be traced, watched, overseen. Or he would have to go deeper online and those transactions could be monitored. "Hm, some guy in Aurora is buying guns, tons of ammo and kevlar - plus bomb-making ingredients and tear gas. Maybe we should check that out."

But that won't happen as long as all that activity is legal and unrestricted.

I have been reading on and off as advocates for these weapons make their excuses all day long. Guns don't kill - people do. Well if that's correct, I go with @BrooklynAvi, let them kill with tomatoes. Let them bring baseball bats, knives, even machetes --- a mob can deal with that.

There is no excuse for the propagation of these weapons. They are not guaranteed or protected by our constitution. If they were, then we could all run out and purchase a tank, a grenade launcher, a bazooka, a SCUD missile and a nuclear warhead. We could stockpile napalm and chemical weapons and bomb-making materials in our cellars under our guise of being a militia.

These weapons are military weapons. They belong in accountable hands, controlled hands and trained hands. They should not be in the hands of private citizens to be used against police, neighborhood intruders or people who don't agree with you. These are the weapons that maniacs acquire to wreak murder and mayhem on innocents. They are not the same as handguns to help homeowners protect themselves from intruders. They are not the same as hunting rifles or sporting rifles. These weapons are designed for harm and death on big scales.


We will not prevent every tragedy. We cannot stop every maniac. But we certainly have done ourselves no good by allowing these particular weapons to be acquired freely by just about anyone.

I'll say it plainly - if someone wants these weapons, they intend to use them. And if they are willing to force others to "pry it from my cold, dead hand", then they are probably planning on using them on people.

So, sorry those of you who tell me I'm an actor, or a has-been or an idiot or a commie or a liberal and that I should shut up. You can not watch my stuff, you can unfollow and you can call me all the names you like. I may even share some of them with my global audience so everyone can get a little taste of who you are.

But this is not the time for reasonable people, on both sides of this issue, to be silent. We owe it to the people whose lives were ended and ruined yesterday to insist on a real discussion and hopefully on some real action.

In conclusion, whoever you are and wherever you stand on this issue, I hope you have the joy of family with you today. Hold onto them and love them as best you can. Tell them what they mean to you. Yesterday, a whole bunch of them went to the movies and tonight their families are without them. Every day is precious. Every life is precious. Take care. Be well. Be safe. God bless.

Jason Alexander

March 13, 2012

Am I the only one who came away feeling sorry for Palin after watching Game Change?

I still detest her politics. I still believe she is unqualified to even be a Mayor of a one horse town, but after watching the show and seeing what she as subjected to I actually have a very different opinion of her.

"Way in over her head" just doesn't cut it.

Deep pity is closer to it.

Anyhow, great flick.

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