Archives for the month of: December, 2014

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If you can’t laugh at yourself, than everybody else will anyway.

If you take the world too seriously it will beat down your soul and consume your heart faster than normal.

Time waits for no one except Steven Hawking, so be Steven Hawking when time permits. Now!

Stress is bad for your health – use it or lose it.

Make the most of what you don’t have, it’s all you’ve gotten!

No man is an island but Isle of Man.

There’s no substitute for experience, and that’s why no experience compares to the first time.

Seize the day because all the best shit goes down at night.

It’s optional to live and learn, but it’s required to live and earn.

Study history even if you go into financial debt doing so as it’s a lifelong investment in your future to ignore the present and understand the past of others of whom you’re bound to repeat.

If you had it to do all over again … what the fuck-all would it matter how you did it in the first place?!?!


Car insurance agent: Have you taken a defensive driving course?
Me: No.
Agent: If you do, you’ll be eligible for a discount.
Me: Got it. What if I’ve taken a race driving course?
Agent: No discount for that.
Me: Ok.
Agent: Have you taken a race driving course?
Me: Maybe.


“Emperor Obama”?

Why not “Emperor Bush” then? Or more appropriately “Emperor Cheney”?

Obama should seek to hold Bush, Cheney, and the CIA accountable for torture IF ONLY to shut up the GOP with their petty, small-ball, bullshit “Emperor Obama” talk about his use of power — with its lawsuits and threat of impeachment — to help flesh-and-blood human beings living in the US that were born in another country, and to provide access to health insurance to needy Americans.

At minimum, Obama should be saying to the GOP that if they move forward with that nonsense he’ll direct the Department of Justice to go after Cheney and Bush for torture. Not that he shouldn’t do it anyway, as doing so will cause any clear thinking person to see the asinine nature of the GOP’s allegations against Obama. And because Rule of Law.

I wonder if the GOP and the Tea Party caucus have awoken a sleeping tiger now that Obama is a lame duck? (Yes I am mixing metaphors.) Obama is clearly thinking of his legacy as well as getting things done to help people out. We know Obama wants to “look forward”, but he also seems very concerned about how history will look back at him. With the Senate’s report on torture, if I were the GOP I’d take off my jackboots and tread lightly. (Another metaphor cocktail.)

The GOP always sees Obama’s use of power as abuse of power. That won’t change. Obama may have to go after Bush, Cheney, and the CIA to remind folks of how true abuse of power manifests. And that’s a shame.

did Cyber World War One just start?

Why are people criticizing the senate report as having only relied on documents and not interviews? In the vast majority of situations documentary evidence is considered much stronger than interview evidence. To dismiss a conclusion because it was only based on documentary evidence is absurd. Such thinking would essentially say that the study of history is futile.

Sure, ideally you want both, but if you asked most prosecutors or trial attorneys to choose just one, they would almost always say “I’ll take the documents” over an interview or material produced in a deposition. Historians too. What a person writes on paper to a limited audience of like-minded colleagues at the time of an event is almost always going to give you more accurate insight into that event than interviewing the person years later about the event. That’s essentially a best practice of history, law, and journalism as people forget and lie all the time.

Yes, Obama should’ve held back on this report on torture, because it makes the previous president and the Republican party look bad, and since the Republicans have been so helpful and supportive of the Obama administration, why poison the waters?


The Republican message is this: Bush is allowed to torture, Obama CANNOT provide healthcare; let’s pardon Bush and impeach Obama.

This parallels the police brutality issue: the Government is not allowed to overreact. Saying that one has to consider the time, the post 9/11 time and its confusion and desire to strike back, does not allow us to overreact like barbarians with excessive force or with torture.

Why? Because no one is above the law in the US, not even the government. If you or I caught our spouse or boy/girlfriend in bed with someone other than ourselves, we cannot murder them and then say “oh but you got understand my state of mind I was really upset to find out they were cheating on me”.

The pigs are not in zen.

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