The shutdown is the GOP Waterboarding the Government. They are finally getting to drown it.

What if, after a disaster, Big Government treated people with the same cruelty that right-wing conservative Christian politicians say they want?  What would that look like?

Dear Crushed Homeowner:

In the past you bitched about Big Government. That’s me. You voted people in place who said they hate Government. You have constantly railed against  all Government spending–except War. Well, now is the time when you need Big Government. I’m betting today you have changed your tune since it is YOUR turn for help. Well guess what?  Fuck you! HA!

For years I have been keeping track of what you said you wanted and who you voted into office. You said, “I don’t want Big Government!” Congrats!  You win! No Big Government help for you!

Your neighbors, the dirty hippies who voted against the war, for a safety net and for people who believe in government, they will get help, but you won’t.  As Thomas Friedman would say, “Suck. On. This!”

I can hear you screaming now, “But I’m a TAX PAYER!”   Here’s the thing, I have implemented, at your insistence I might add, PAYGO and tax revenue profiles matched specifically to viewpoints. You can now know what each tax payer’s dollars . . . → Read More: The shutdown is the GOP Waterboarding the Government. They are finally getting to drown it.

Will Your Son Grow Up to be a Winner like Zimmerman or a Loser like Trayvon?

On the heels of the “Zimmerman destroys wife’s iPad in a fit of rage,” story I got this letter from the founder of the United States Concealed Carry Association. What I really love about this letter is the way the author correlates what his son did with the SYG concept. He also uses the whole father/son pride/disappointment and bully/victim construct to pluck at the heart strings and open the wallets.

The formatting and bolding are his own.

It starts:

I’m a proud parent…

When my son was in 4th grade, the 5th grade bully started picking on him at recess.

So he took matters into his own hands…

Now, most parents these days would hear that my son defended himself rather than “telling the teacher,” and they would likely criticize…

But THIS is why I’m proud:

Since the boy didn’t tell the teachers the whole story comes from the 4th grader. I wonder what the school had to say about this “bully” and his son? How do we know that the 5th grader was the bully and not his son? We can’t verify any of this. But we do know what Dad’s first positive message was to his son, “I’m . . . → Read More: Will Your Son Grow Up to be a Winner like Zimmerman or a Loser like Trayvon?

The Power of Generosity

I don’t know what they are selling but this is a very powerful commercial.

The could be selling the need for universal health care. Or suggesting that being generous will bring rewards when you least expect them. Or that we are all connected and our good deeds are in fact rewarded not punished like they always love to point out on TV shows.

“So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

-Willie Wonka. His words were written by Roald Dahl and David Seltzer

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Is That Me in the Mirror Mirror?

Maybe I should get the book to see what “Spock’s Brain and Piece of the Action Posters look like.”

All 80 Original “Star Trek” Episodes Rendered As Movie Posters

A book by artist Juan Ortiz in which he turns every episode of the Original Star Trek into a movie poster in the style of the designers of the ’60s and ’70s.

Via FastCompany

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Post 9/11 Humor

Knock Knock!

Who’s there?

9/11

9/11 who?

YOU SAID YOU WOULD NEVER FORGET!

Remember after 9/11 the big deal when political comedy shows like the Daily Show came back?

“Is it safe to joke again?” people asked. Jon Stewart spent the first show back justifying being entertaining.

Of course the “very serious people” (™ Atrios) in the news said, “We are going to stop goofing around with silly stuff and get serious about foreign news!” How’s that working out today? Are any of the TV networks or newspapers funding more full-time foreign bureaus? Or is the money being spent on shows recycling the same “experts” as before?

Speaking of experts, TV show producers who got duped by former Pentagon people working for military contractors didn’t learn their lesson. Syrian analyst, Elizabeth O’Bagy, got fired from the Institute for the Study of War. Not because of conflict of interest, but for faked credentials. Keep this firing reason in mind people, there will be a suggested use for it below!

I didn’t get serious about “politics” right after 9/11, but I did during the run up to the Iraq War. Because I work in PR and marketing, I understood the concept quoted . . . → Read More: Post 9/11 Humor

Caption This photo of Reagan with a gun on Air Force One

My favorite, “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.” Diane Sweet, Occupy America Crooks and Liars

“Olly North said the Contras loved these weapons” President Reagan shoots “one for the Gipper”

1983 via Retronaut

BTW Reagan passed gun control laws in California. His Press Secretary took a bullet for him. That is why it’s the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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Time Travel Problem or Benefit

I need to remember this when I return to certain old situations

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