WTF… 12/31… New Years Eve edition…

 

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It’s the dawning of the new years eve… so… Happy New Year… there… I got that off of the plate…

joe11) Ya’ll think by the sound (look?) of those words that New Years ain’t one of the bright spots on my calendar? Then you’d be right.

Even when I was a cold stone sot, I never liked New Years Eve…

For the most part it was amateur night and I was a professional alcoholic. I didn’t need them idjits getting in my way. Crowd in all the decent watering holes and what not. Causing all kinds of trouble on the roads and bringing out the po-lice to set up them damn road blocks… check points… bringing attention down on us respectable drunkards more than usual.

Damn fools.new-year-eve-2000

And now… today… it ain’t no holier than thou thing… its just I got better things to do stay up until midnight just to say Happy New Year. I don’t even mind the parties but it’s not my thing to stand around being all kinds of sober while peeps get loaded past her usual limits and just start being fools.

As for those folks standing out in the cold… like Times Square in NYC… it’s usually cold as all get out… tonight’s supposed to be in the teens… sometimes windy as well… wind tonight, last I heard, was predicted to be from 15 to 20 mph… and, sometimes stormy weather… supposed to be clear tonight. Are you freaking kidding me? Sorry not for me.

And now… at least in NYC and Times Square… they check you for everything… mostly due to the terrorists and crap… but… they also don’t want open bottles, or, the chance of drinking being done in the streets. It’s agin the law. So ya’ll gotta get all tanked up before you even get to midnight… because if being in Times Square with a hell of a buzz on to see the dropping of the ball is your goal then ya need to be getting there real early or ya’ll won’t see diddly squat… at least not close up, ya won’t.

Times Square 2014
Times Square 2014

Now… ya wanna have a party the next day… some food? Cold soda and a coffee or two for me with some good eats the day of the New Year… drinks and good eats for them that wants it… like my friend Kevin throws every now and again… that’s cool and a lot better way of bringing in the New Years if ya wnat my thinking.

Hey… different strokes for different folks but the bottom line is… if ya’ll gonna be drinking tonight… then do it safely and intelligently. I know not words that always go together when peeps is drinking but do me.. and yourself and everyone else… a favor? Be careful out there… okay?

And Happy New Years… really…

2) Okay… right off… I need to say I got a whole passel of opining to do on what is going down in NYC between the Mayor … one Bill de Blasio… and the demonstrators against police violence… and the cops, as well as an entire host of assorted characters who are spearheaded by PBA head Pat Lynch and the self appointed Mayor-Saint of NYC Rudolph Giuliani… but… as I was putting fingers to keyboard i was already getting to nigh onto a shitload of words… much too many words for today’s WTF column. So, dear readers… I ain’t about to ignore the situation but I ain’t gonna do it here… today.

Keep your eyes peeled for a special edition of WTF to follow soon… very soon…

3) Saw this in the news media the other day… Astrophysicist, and “Cosmos” host, Neil deGrasse Tyson decided to spend part of Christmas Day riling up the Christian type folks.

Seems he posted a series of tweets… among them…

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson

“On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642.”

Seems out of the more than two billion or so Christians in this world… some were not pleased… some were downright pissed… with the tweet. worldwide, some were not pleased with his joke, though it has been retweeted more than 56,000 times.

A taste of tweets in answer to his tweet…

  • “Hi @neiltyson, trolling Christians on Dec 25 is so EDGY. Please let me know when you troll Muslims on Ramadan. Merry Christmas!”
  • “Looking fwd to witty jabs during the spiritual days of Islam, Buddhism, Judaism etc. Or is it reserved for the easiest target?”

Other tweeters brought up the issue that Sir Isaac was actually born on January 4, 1643. But since some places back then used one calendar, and others used other calendars, that date is open to debate. Besides… a lot of folk’s question the fact that Jesus was born on December 25, 0001.

Another Tyson tweet… “Merry Christmas to all. A Pagan holiday (BC) becomes a Religious holiday (AD). Which then becomes a Shopping holiday (USA).”

Come on… it all just some fun and games and not something to get all that serious over. Or is it? And from what perspective?

Naw… sorry… I just don’t take this religious stuff that serious. Sometimes ya just gotta smile… stop and smell the poinsettias and just move on. No matter which way your philosophy may swing…

4) News item: “Miami-Dade is considering a $930 million Miami Wilds park and shopping center that would be built by 20th Century Fox and Sony Music in a stretch of rare pine rocklands. By designating the 70 acres as a slum, it could create a special taxing district to help the project’s development.”ForWebPinelands

Here’s the skinny… Some folks want to develop a $1 billion amusement park in south Florida, and, to get it done on a certain parcel of land, they intend to invoke the slum rule.

WTF? It’s like this, according to the Miami Herald … there is an area consisting of pine rocklands and that is the largest non-protected area of the habitat in the state, and the county would declare a certain part of the area (about 70 to 100 acres) to be a slum. Several factors would allow the county to do this, among them, being poor maintenance of the area, congested roads and certain environmental restrictions.

Roger L. Hammer, a former county naturalist, says, “To call these pine rocklands slums and blighted areas seems absolutely absurd. Sure, they look blighted and overgrown, but that’s only because nobody managed them.”

The county and other pro development peeps say the proposed park would be themed after the wildlife in the region and officials hope give Miami an economic engine like Disney World is to the central part of the state.

But, those in opposition to the plan say the defvelopment of park, as well as a nearby shopping center and a 35,000 square-foot theater would have an adverse effect on the environment.

Federal officials have also said the project could harm neighboring environmental areas.

And to be clear the area that would be “condemned” is home to some very rare species of fauna and flora… examples being…

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Atala Butterfly
  • The Atala butterfly is one of the rare butterflies that lives in rock pineland in Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba and was thought to be extinct until a small community was discovered by Roger Hammer on Key Biscayne in 1979.
  • This Bartram’s hairstreak is one of two pine rockland butterflies that were added to the Endangered Species List in September, which also protects their pineland habitat.
  • Florida Brickellbush (Brickellia mosieri) grows only in pine rockland and has been found in just 14 locations, including rockland around the proposed area. In October, federal officials added it to the list of endangered species.

Sound like we gots a problem here and if peeps ain’t real careful we may have a situation where

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot…

(Songwriters: Timothy McKenzie, Marc Williams & Joni Mitchell; Published by © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)

5) Well, well, well… guess he had a plan that could work after all. Too bad nobody took notice and listened to all the lies instead…

Steve BenenSteve Benen, who is a producer for MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and an MSNBC contributor, recently blogged… “Remember Tim Pawlenty? A couple of years ago, the former two-term governor of Minnesota ran an ill-fated Republican presidential campaign, which collapsed a few months before the Iowa caucuses. Pawlenty’s national operation didn’t contribute much to the national conversation, but whenever his name comes up, I always have the same thought: he’s the guy who said he could boost economic growth to 5% GDP.
Yes, in May 2011, the Republican presidential hopeful unveiled a massive tax-cut plan, which Pawlenty said would move the country towards his specific target: “Let’s start with a big, positive goal. Let’s grow the economy by 5 percent, instead of an anemic 2 percent.” (Long-time readers may recall I mocked him repeatedly for his misguided projections.)”

Pawlenty
Pawlenty

Well… now Bene says 3 years later… the new GDP report points to 5% growth in the third quarter. And that means the Bamster is having a good old private chuckle right about now

Other Benen points… …

Mitt Romney said during the 2012 campaign that if Americans elect him, he’d get the unemployment rate down to 6% by 2016.

Guess what? Under the Bamster, the unemployment rate dropped below 6% two years faster.
Newt Gingrich said during the 2012 campaign that if Americans re-elected the president, gas prices would reach $10 per gallon, while Gingrich would push gas down to $2.50 a gallon.

Guess what? Under the Bamster’s tour of duty… as of this morning, in the Connecticut area, gas can be brought for about $2.50 a gallon. And, recent reports had the national average at the pump as a little under $2.38.

Tim Pawlenty… Yeah him again… Pawlenty said trillions of dollars in tax breaks would boost economic growth to 5% GDP.

Guess what? Obama raised taxes on the wealthy and GDP growth reached 5% anyway.

As Benen says, “… the trouble for Republican rhetoricians is that by the party’s own standards, Obama is succeeding beautifully. They established the GOP benchmarks and now the Democratic president is the one meeting, and in some cases exceeding, the Republicans’ goals.”

So… a donkey pulls off everything that the elephants said needed to be done and peeps still went out… to use a term I hear the conservatives use a lot… and drank the Kool-Aid and voted in the elephants any way.

Go freaking figure…KoolAid-GOP

The big problem is that both the Bamster and his party… the donkeys, or, in this case, maybe the jackasses… don’t crow about what they actually did… which is… due to the economic policies they put forth the economy has turned itself around and is getting better… better… better… every day. Getting! Better! Every Day! (Apologies to John and Paul.)

The donkeys passed a stimulus; enacted a payroll tax holiday; extended unemployment benefits; passed Obamacare; reformed… to some degree any way… Wall Street; raised taxes on the rich; and passed several jobs bills.

I know that doesn’t have the same effect as hearing “Let’s cut taxes and there will be more to spend and the economy will boom back to life.” But that tax cutting stuff is all a lot of smoke and mirrors sleight of hand kinda stuff that has no sustainable merit. What the donkeys did is create an actual economic program and now it is actually working and looks as if it is gonan be real damn sustainable.

So, why come the damn jackasses didn’t get on top of the damn soapboxes and yell it to the rooftops? Huh? Why?

Because they got afraid of all the elephant Kool-Aid that was being passed around… maybe?

6) News item… Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch admitted that he presented evidence he knew to be false to the grand jury considering charges against Darren Wilson.

Bob McCulloch
Bob McCulloch

In a recent interview with radio station KTRS, McCulloch said that he decided to present witnesses that were “clearly not telling the truth” to the grand jury.
McCulloch acknowledged he permitted a woman who “clearly wasn’t present when this occurred” to testify as an eyewitness to the grand jury for several hours. The woman’s testimony supported Wilson’s claim that that he killed Brown in self-defense.

Now according to evidence uncovered by the website The Smoking Gun, its been reveled that the woman in question suffers from bipolar disorder but is not taking meds or otherwise getting treated for the condition. And, that she has a history of making racist statements. The website also found that McElroy also has had trouble with her memory since being thrown through a windshield in a 2001 auto accident.

That could cause a problem because McCulloch had McElroy testify to the grand jury over two days.
And, if it can be found that he intentionally presented false testimony to the grand jury, then that could be a serious ethical breach because under the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct, lawyers are prohibited from offering “evidence that the lawyer knows to be false.”

In fact, as far as I am aware… that’s a pretty common rule for most jurisdictions of law. Lawyers are officers of the court as such cannot put forth any false testimony to any court. Real simple stuff there, if, you be asking me.

McCulloch is saying that it doesn’t matter one way or to the other because the grand jury gave no credence at all to McElroy’s testimony. Not sure how he knows that since under Missouri law, the grand jury deliberations are secret and McCulloch is not allowed to be present during their deliberations.court-grand-jury-

Even before this… many legal experts said McCulloch’s presentations to the grand jury were suspect, but, now, after much of this info is coming to light, certain lawmakers in Missouri are suggesting that the dude was massaging the grand jury process right from jump street. And, at least one Missouri lawmaker is asking for a legislative investigation of McCulloch’s actions.

If, the Presiding Judge of the 21st Circuit, Maura McShane, agrees with the assessment that McCulloch’s actions were a breach of ethics then she could appoint a new prosecutor and the entire case against Darren Wilson could be rebooted.

This damn stuff keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. When does it ever end, and, when does the truth finally get told?

Just asking an honest question… just waiting for honest answers…

7) Terry Bradshaw is not the sharpest tack in the box… that’s not just me talking but the opinion of lots of other folks, too.

Going all the way back to Super Bowl XIII… Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas (Hollywood) Henderson told reporters that Bradshaw is so dumb, he could not spell cat if you spotted him the C and the A.

Then in 2012, during a halftime show, a highlight came on that showed Reggie Bush running for a TD. Bradshaw said, that Bush was “chasing that bucket of chicken that the wind was blowing the other day.” Terry and good ole boy Jimbo Johnson had a chuckle fest, and, co-host Curt Menefee, who is black, let out an embarrassed groan.

Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw

Let’s say Terry doesn’t always think before he engages his voice into action. Now its questionable whether he is really that damn dumb or just sometimes fails to exhibit common sense. I won’t go as far as Hollywood did and label him that insipidly stupid but I will say he could do a tad more thinking before he go on to saying.

Now, let’s go back to Sunday’s NFL show on Fox… the dudes were talking about the “biggest disappointments of the year.”

Funny that among all the topics that came up not much was said about two of the biggest that occurred… the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson incidents. Nothing about domestic violence and the NFL.

Until Terry said, “What about the commissioner of the NFL? He hasn’t had what I call a banner year, especially when it comes to the big issues. So I think Roger Goodell could look in the mirror and say: ‘I’m lucky this league is making a lot of money because I still have a job.’ ”

Now… Yeah, he didn’t come out and say what the big issues were but it don’t take having a big old degree in rocket science to understand his intent does it?

So, maybe Terry ain’t the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree but sometimes he, in his own inimitable way, is a lot more honest in what he presents then a lot of the other talking heads in the studios.

Out of the mouths of babes… so to speak…

8) Saw this in trhe NYDN today (12/31)… Chicago’s 13-year-old Malik Bryant’s letter to Santa Claus just asked for one thing… “All I ask for is for safety.”

Bryant’s letter was among those written by 8,500 Chicago Public Schools students, who sent letters to Santa through a program run by Direct Effect Charities. According to the program’s website, the letters are collected, sent throughout the country to donors and ask that that they send a wrapped gift in the $25 range to the student’s school.malik-bryant letter

Michelle DiGiacomo, CEO of the charity, came across Bryant’s letter and just stopped… and read it again… and again… and again… and again…

She told the Chicago Sun-Times, “All this kid was asking for was safety. I was floored.”

So she decided to send the latter to someone who arguable might be bigger than Santa… I got my doubts about that… but, hey, ya never know…

Anyway… She reached out to her Congressman, Rep. Michael Quigley (D-Illinois), who agreed to send the letter to the White House… and the Bamster.

And, the Bammer sent back a reply, which Bryant read in a video that was posted to the Sun-Times YouTube channel.

The president wrote… “Please know your security is our priority for me and everything I do as President.” He also told Bryant to work hard and that he is rooting for him.

Bryant, however, is under no illusions… while he thinks his, and the prez’, letter send a message that its not safe in Chicago… he says… “I’m surprised like he wrote it but it’s not going to solve safety reasons out here, it’s still dangerous.”

One good thing that is happening is that the Charity that handled the letter is now looking for a three bedroom apartment for his family to move into that will be in a safer neighborhood.

I reckon it’s all about baby steps sometimes… one small step for a kid and his family in Chicago and maybe, someday, one giant step for all of those still living under the gun.

Imagine no weapons… or open urban warfare…

9) A South Korean activist Park Sang-hak said Wednesday that he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony’s “The Interview” toward North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around Dictator Kim Jong Un.-the-interview-

Park said he will start dropping 100,000 DVDs and USBs with the movie by balloon in North Korea as early as late January. Park, who is a North Korean defector, said he’s partnering with the U.S.-based non-profit Human Rights Foundation, which is footing the bill to make the DVDs and USB memory sticks of the movie with Korean subtitles.

Now, I’m kinda sorta sure these things will float down to the ground relatively softly but what happens if some of the balloons burst and wonks some folks on the head a little on the rough side, or, maybe some USB thingy pokes out someone’s eye or something. I mean what if…right?

And… how many North Koreans got DVD players or computers any way? I mean really?

I gotta say I got my doubts about this scheme. Just saying…

10) Sometimes… and New Years Eve is one of them times… I get  a little melancholy and I start thinking about why stuff is… like,  why is there war?

Then, I usually flash back on some of the songs we used to listen to back in the day… us pinko hippie long haired freaks… ya know? hippie-face

Anyway, this is one of them songs that’s been popping in and out of my memory banks these last few days or so….  take it for what its worth.. (and, ayup… that’s another song…)

“Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore”
© John Prine

While digesting Reader’s Digest
In the back of a dirty book store,
A plastic flag, with gum on the back,
Fell out on the floor.
Well, I picked it up and I ran outside
Slapped it on my window shield,
And if I could see old Betsy Ross
I’d tell her how good I feel.

But your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more.
They’re already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don’t like killin’
No matter what the reason’s for,
And your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more.

Well, I went to the bank this morning
And the cashier he said to me,
“If you join the Christmas club
We’ll give you ten of them flags for free.”
Well, I didn’t mess around a bit
I took him up on what he said.
And I stuck them stickers all over my car
And one on my wife’s forehead.

But your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more.
They’re already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don’t like killin’
No matter what the reason’s for,
And your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more.

Well, I got my window shield so filled
With flags I couldn’t see.
So, I ran the car upside a curb
And right into a tree.
By the time they got a doctor down
I was already dead.
And I’ll never understand why the man
Standing in the Pearly Gates said…

“But your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more.
We’re already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don’t like killin’
No matter what the reason’s for,
And your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more.”

Well… it’s another year over… and what have you done?

Peace, Happy New Year, and, war is over if you want it…

This weeks gratuitous pictures…

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Evangeline Lilly (35) is a Canadian actress and author.

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And another thousand words…

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  1. Joe,

    So much thought–so little time to respond.

    Every major religion rejects killing, including war for whatever reason. Yet we continue to go violently at each other calling on God by whatever name we call to him or her to support our cause. We condemn the killing of unarmed minority people or the ambushing of armed police, but mighty few of us are open about speaking out or doing something about both types of killing. And then we holler out for a better new year. It probably won’t be better in terms of killing.

    We are a species endowed with the ability to destroy ourselves. Maybe given the degree to which we have destroyed our habitat, that wouldn’t be such a bad idea. But it would be a shame to destroy all the other life forms on this planet as well. Our “extinction event” may not be collision with a comet, but collision with ourselves.

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