“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas


Monday, September 11, 2017

Tampa spared, to the disappointment of reporters

By comparison to the end-of-the-world predictions not much happened in Tampa last night, so local reporters were reduced to breathless coverage of trees harmlessly downed in vacant parking lots, pointing out how bad it COULD HAVE BEEN if there had been cars parked there.
One girl showed us how massive she estimated one tree was, by pointing out that "the trunk is three times as big as me and I'm 5'7"." That cracked us up.
The reality was that she could have put her arms around the tree and touched fingers.....not a big tree at all, but that's all she had to report on. So I guess that's good news for Tampa.

Sunday, September 03, 2017




Here are our latest creations from SteelwoodDesigns, all made from welded metal and reclaimed wood.  
Top: post-mod, industrial-chic bar stools made from polished metal and wood taken from a building demolition site here in B'ham. 

Middle: At almost 5 feet long and 30 inches deep, this massive, gorgeous coffee table dominates any room it's in. It weighs like 75lbs. 

Bottom: A small lamp table commissioned by a woman who wants it for her prayer room at home. The top table is 17" across and stands 24".

If anybody's looking for industrial-chic furnishings like this, hit me up either by e-mail if you can find it or leave yours in the comments thread. 

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Even animals don't appreciate animal rights nuts

Liberal activists aren't useful for much, but they sometimes make up for it by providing us with laughs at their own expense.

Now I'm not a fan of bullfighting, but it is legal in places like Spain and parts of southern France. It's a tradition dating back centuries and as with most fondly held traditions, militantly intolerant moonbats find it intolerable and want it erased from the culture altogether.

Recently an animal-rights nut decided to jump into a ring during a fight in France and was promptly attacked and gored by the bull he was trying to protect.

It doesn't get any funnier than that.

I've included this helpful picture of what an idiot progressive might look like running from the bull who is about to gore him....hilarious, am I right?



The Left's version of the fashion police


Meet Lynn Yeager a fashion editor at Vogue Magazine. This half troll half clown started the hysteria over Melania Trump wearing heels when she left DC for Houston. 

Melania had on sneakers and work clothes when she landed, but that didn't matter to Yeager who was going to criticize the First Lady no matter what.

Perhaps the hideous Ms. Yeager should take a gander in the mirror before she deems herself a fashion critic who tells other women how they should look.

Charlie Hebdo just lost me


You may remember the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo from the time Islamic maniacs slaughtered half their staff a couple of years ago for publishing a cartoon of the pedophile Mohammad. 

Americans by the hundreds of thousands, including me, stood with CH and defended their right to satirize anything without fear of physical harm. 

This is how they repay us, with a cover that translates into "God exists, he drowned the neo-Nazis in Texas". 

What a bunch of despicable vermin! I still defend their right to publish this and nobody has the right to physically harm them for it, but I reserve the right to not send them any more money and to call them despicable vermin.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Nancy Pelosi gets more senile every day

During an interview, obviously senile Nancy Pelosi was remarking on free speech and said, "You can't yell "WOLF" in a crowded theater".

Heh heh, somebody should up her dose of cholinesterase inhibitors.

Later in the interview, by indicating with fingers, Nan answered the question, "How many does it take to Tango"?



Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse-apalooza dud


So count me among the underwhelmed of those who observed the eclipse. At 93% coverage, I expected to perceive a fairly dramatic darkening and maybe a few nocturnal critters roaming around, and although it did get noticeably cooler during the moon's transit, we estimated only about 10%-15% less light outside.
Maybe that's because our pupils had dilated slightly and our brains were compensating, but I think it would have to get far darker in the first place, to dilate human pupils significantly.
On the positive side, it was cool to see the sun's crescent flip sides as the moon passed in front of it. You really got the feeling of lunar movement and that was very cool to experience.
All I can say is I hope it was life-affirming for those who drove into the path of totality because for 93% I regretted postponing lunch for an hour.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Operation Chaos v2.0


Rush Limbaugh is mulling over the idea of staging another "Operation Chaos", but this time to keep Nancy Pelosi.
Remember he urged listeners to show up to cross-ticket vote for Hillary in '08 primaries to keep her competitive with Obama heading into the convention, thereby forcing him to spend money and time in states he'd otherwise already won.
Today, the far left, Bernie Sanders, wacko wing of the democrat party is driving the get-rid-of-Nancy movement. But we conservatives love her being a millstone around the necks of Democrats across the country. Given that, we should renew Operation Chaos in NoCal and keep her in office as long as possible.
Insane, despicable, utterly deplorable Nancy Pelosi leading the Democrats in the House can only be good for Republicans. Whether you live in NoCal or not, call her office and pretend to, and encourage her to not to step down, but to stay in the House representing you. Heh heh heh.

Monday, June 19, 2017

David Frum gets schooled by a porn star


David Frum is the editor of The Atlantic, a left-wing political rag, a Washington gadfly, and a mouthpiece for the liberal agenda.
The echoes of the gunshots at the baseball field in Virginia were still being heard as Frum stupidly tweeted the following:
"Virginia
No background checks
No licensing
No registration
No permit req'd for concealed carry of long guns
Open carry of long guns & handguns"
Soon thereafter, retired porn star Jenna Jameson schooled him like a boss with this 7-word tweet:
"He was from Illinois, you consummate schmuck!"
Heh heh heh, pretty tough day when the star of such cinematic gems as "Zombie Strippers" and "Naughty Newcomers 9" takes you to the woodshed.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Prince Chucklehead thinks he's king


One of Prince Charles' handlers just published a tell-all book in which Charles is said to have heavily disapproved of William and Kate's wildly popular American/Canadian tour two years ago.
 
Apparently he thought there were too many photo-ops and that they were "tasteless".
 
Really Chuck, tasteless? You married the woman with whom you repeatedly cheated on William's mother......pot, let me introduce you to kettle.

Nobody has done more to revive the reputation of the silly British monarchy than William and Kate. There's no telling how much money their popularity with anglophilic Americans accounts for. Charles should shut up and let William and Kate do what they do best, be adorable and represent the monarchy well.

Here, prince Chucklehead gets a startled gander at Camilla, Diana's replacement. If this pic were captioned with a thought balloon, it would read, "YIKES"!


 

Friday, May 05, 2017

4 white women celebrate diversity

Hartford Steam Boiler is an insurance company in Connecticut. And apparently, there is a national observance, tediously named National Different Colored Shoes Day in recognition of diversity in the workplace.
Could there be anything more stupid than 4 white women wearing mismatched shoes to celebrate race diversity that evidently doesn't exist in their own office? If there are any black employees at Hartford, they're probably at their desks working while the white women pose for pictures.
Here are the delusional bimbos at HSB displaying their imagined, self-congratulatory solidarity with minorities.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

3 Muslims wake to find selves in hell



Hahahaha, it has not been a good week for ISIS fighters.

A handful of ISIS militant were setting up an ambush site in an Iraq reed marsh, apparently disturbing the habitat of a pack of intemperate wild boars who promptly mauled three guys to death and injured another five as they ran away screaming.
 
Then we learn that a Canadian woman and her team are discovering and seizing valuable ISIS weapons including tunnel boring machines, suicide vehicles, and countless small arms and IED's.
 
As a Muslim man, being set upon and killed by wild pigs and having your weapons stolen by an infidel woman have to be the low points in an already decrepit, humiliating existence.
 
Exit question: when a Muslim man dies at the hands(as it were) of a pig or has his weapons stolen by an infidel woman, does he still go to Muslim heaven? I seriously doubt it. I'll bet those three pork-tenderized jihadists woke this morning to find themselves in Muslim hell, whatever that is.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Our solar system may be teaming with life

Up until now nerds at NASA believed that the Galilean moon Europa, that orbits Jupiter, is the best bet for finding life somewhere besides Earth.

Recently however, the Cassini craft found that on the Saturnian moon Enceladus, there exists a form of hydrogen, which in addition to liquid sub-surface water and methane which we already knew were there, forms when water comes into contact with hot rocks, such as around geothermal vents on Earth. This shows that there is likely a heat source inside Enceladus that keeps the subterranian water in the liquid state.
 
We need to go ahead and design investigational craft to land on and explore both moons. This is pretty exciting stuff.

I've included helpful pictures of the Jovian moon Europa and the ice-covered Enceladus......both of which may harbor rudimentary life and may provide a sanctuary for humans for when hostile aliens decide to harvest Earth for all its resources.



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Internet memes are great


Hahahaha........it was a bad day for that old man, but he'll get filthy rich off it. Besides, if one guy has to endure a few minutes of indignity to provide the Interwebs with hilarious meme material like this, his brief humiliation and suffering were worth it to the rest of us.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Let natural selection do its job


This bridge over a river in the Sierra Nevada range is the fourth largest span in the US, and the support structure is below the road bed, so naturally, young thrill seekers like to climb out on the trusses and take their pictures hundreds of feet above the canyon floor. 

Over 100 people have fallen to their deaths from this bridge either by accident or on purpose by jumping and while there are caution/warning signs up everywhere, kids like to take pics of themselves defying death. 

Recently a girl attempted to take a selfie out on the bridge, lost her balance, and fell 60 feet but somehow managed not to die. Predictably, people are clamoring for more protection and prevention to kids cannot crawl out there to defy death. 

But this seems like a self-correcting problem to me. The caution signs are all the deterrent the authorities are obligated to provide......natural selection will take care of the rest.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

On or near this date in NASA history

On March 29, 1974, Mariner-10 executed the first-ever flyby of Mercury, shortly after it executed the first-ever gravity-assist maneuver by which it used the gravity of Venus to accelerate(slingshot) toward Mercury.
Below is an artist's conception of Mariner-10 approaching Mercury and an actual image taken of Mercury by Mariner 10's camera.
Marvel at what scientists accomplished 43 years ago today and imagine what we'll be doing in another half century.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

My latest wood-working product

Posting has been light lately because I'm kind of tired of politics. I'll get back to it but in the mean time, here are a couple of pics of my latest shop piece. This is a chair I made from reclaimed oak pallets and planks I helped cut on a peckerwood saw mill in a friend's back yard. 

The design is based on chairs created by my current favorite furniture designer, Brazilian Carlos Motta. Click on the picture and you can see the sawmill blade marks I left on the wood. Pretty cool. I just need to get the custom cushions and it'll be finished. 



Monday, March 13, 2017

If you couldn't make money in space, Bezos and Musk wouldn't be interested in it


Apparently the US government is awash in new license requests for companies who anticipate business opportunities on the moon, or at least in space somewhere.

Humans haven't exploited the lunar resources because presumably it's too expensive for any single nation to undertake and until now, there hasn't really been a market for it. But with Bezos and Musk pouring money into the moon and Mars respectively, there's a lot of commercial interest.
 
There needs to be a multi-national mission to conquer the moon and Mars. Obviously I'm not a one-world government guy, but like the ISS, a cooperative effort by lots of nations would limit costs for each and the mission would be what it has always been in the movies and our imaginations.....just humans striving to live and conduct commerce somewhere beyond Earth.....and of course make it profitable by mining H3, the asteroid belt, low-grav manufacturing for more distant travel, manned outward-looking, "ground-based" telescopes, etc., and at some point, pleasure travel from Earth......
 
For instance, all inclusive vacation trips to "Hedonism XV: Lunar Love" (come for the Tang and a hyper dose of solar radiation, stay for the low-grav sex with strangers.......what happens on the moon, stays on the moon). Heh heh heh.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I was right about Bill Gates being wrong


I caught a lot of criticism for saying that Bill Gates doesn't understand basic economics if he believes that robots should be taxed as "workers" because the loss of revenue to the government they represent is bad for the country.

Peter Schiff is a financial broker, analyst, and CEO. He sums up the inanity of Bill Gates perfectly........

"It's amazing how someone this smart can be so dumb! How many people directly lost their jobs due to computers? Robots are just more functi...onal computers. If the government had imposed large taxes on PCs and software its probable that no one would even know who Bill Gates is. All labor saving devices take people's jobs by definition. Does Gates believe all tools and equipment should be taxed, with the goal of making sure all work is done entirely by hand? If so, it's a good thing there was no stone age Bill Gates advising the cavemen." - Peter Schiff

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The illegal alien agenda Trump should have rolled out

Here's what Trump should have done regarding illegal immigration:
Look, nobody is really concerned about the garden-variety illegal immigrant who is working construction, landscaping, whatever and otherwise not being a criminal, we're worried about the violent, drug, gang elements in the illegal population.
The smart thing to appease the base and fulfill his campaign promise would have been to 1) use the full force of the US police machine to round up gang members, drug dealers, and other violent felons known to be in the country and very publicly kick them out. 2) given that there will never be mass roundups, introduce a plan for the rest of them that basically promises non-voting legitimacy if they pay back taxes, register with the INS to become taxpayers, stay out of trouble for the 10 years that they must wait to become a voting citizen, and finally pass the same citizenship test(in English) that all immigrants take.
If Trump had done what I proposed, he would be wildly cheered by his base and the democrats wouldn't have an opposing leg to stand on because they've advocated for the exact same thing.......kick out the violent criminals and create a path to citizenship for the good ones.
But they didn't ask me.

Protestors should stay on the sidewalk

Heh heh, this ought to give these protestors a moment's pause before blocking traffic over Trump-hate or stupid $15 minimum wage, or whatever they're upset about that day.
A state rep in Tennessee proposed a bill that would give TN drivers civil immunity if they accidentally run over protestors running around in the street.
Disappointingly, the bill doesn't allow you to run them down on purpose, but if the jobless reprobates jump out in front of you and you hit them, tough luck for them.
Below, BLM bums learn a hilarious lesson about the physics of protestors versus cars.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Kelley Ann-1, Hillary-0

Hahahahaha, Hillary tried to troll president Trump by tweeting "3-0", referring to her delight regarding the decision by the 9th circuit on the travel pause.
Kelley Ann Conway promptly slapped her across the face with this tweet, "PA, WI, MI", the three states Hillary ignored thinking they were hers in the election but which Trump won to take the presidency from her.
Kelley Ann for the win.....Pwned!!!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Madonna tries to clean up her karma


I've always sort of suspected that a lot of celebrity ding-a-lings very publicly adopt kids from Africa or where ever, as a way of making up for misbehavior and at least partly as a career accessory, like a handbag or a nice pair of Christian Louboutin's. It gets them back in the spotlight, which they cannot live without.

So at 58, Madonna, no doubt with camera crew close by, convinced an orphanage in Malawi to sell her two more kids(she already has a couple of adopted kids from Malawi). I understand that she does a lot of charity work with orphanages there, so this isn't really a surprise......so good for her I guess, and good for the kids. I'll give her props for that.

But then it's a no-brainer that even being raised as a fashion accessory by a dopey, self-indulgent, dingbat billionairess in the West is still better than growing up literally anywhere on the dark continent.....so I guess it's a win win.

p.s. the international adoption racket is designed to wring as much money out of rich, childless Americans as possible. A lot of bureaucrats' palms must be greased before they let you take the kid home. Yes I'm a cynic, but that doesn't mean these countries aren't literally selling their kids to us. Still, the kids win and that's all that matters

I wonder if they'll call her grand-ma. Heh heh.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Trump should not politicize the church

At the national prayer breakfast President Trump promised to "get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment". It is a more-or-less toothless amendment that prohibits non-profits, specifically churches, from engaging in specific political speech, or risk losing tax-exempt status. 
 
When I heard Trump say this, the libertarian hair on my neck stood up. We don't allow doctors or lawyers to sleep with their patients/clients because as professionals they possess undue levels of trust, influence, and it could be argued, authority.

Such is the case with preachers who, as they shepherd the souls of their flock toward heaven, presume to be speaking with the authority of God himself. That process should not be political as preachers may possess undue levels of trust, influence, and authority over their congregations.

More practically, having that kind of influence over that many people potentially, opens up that preacher to outside influence from a fat donor to the missionary fund for instance.

"Tell your megachurch flock to vote for Hillary and your mission trips to Uganda will be fully funded by the Clinton Foundation." You get the picture.

To the point: I am against the allowance of the politicization of churches. And the Johnson Amendment, while archaic and ineffectual, should remain on the books as a symbolic, if nothing else, totem to remind people that not all parts of life are political.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Get your nerd on

If you want to get your nerd on, deep in the paleontological weeds, keep reading. Otherwise my explanation of this recent fossil find won't interest you in the least.
 
You've been warned......
 
Meet Saccorhytus, at 540million years old, he is believed to be humans' oldest deuterostomic relative. This remarkably detailed fossil was found recently in China and "deuterostome" means "two mouths".
 
At only 1mm big, he probably lived inbetween grains of sand in the oceans. What makes him special is we believe that he was the first to break away evolutionarily from the dominant protostomic creatures based on how their earliest gestational cleavages took place, radially or spirally.
 
Up to that point, spiral cleavage in the early stages of gestation limited where germ cells ended up, meaning that the mature creature probably took in food and excreted waste through a single opening. But with radial cleavage, the options for germ-cell development were limitless and the anus and mouth openings formed at opposite ends of the blastula with the rudimentary gut formed in-between.
 
All chordates, and more specifically all verterbrates, like humans, snakes, and chickens, have a common ancestor from long ago at the end of the pre-Cambrian era.....excitingly, Saccorhytus is believed to be him.
 
Here are helpful pictures of the fossil, an artist's concept of the creature, and what Earth looked like during that time.
 

 



 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Clinton's get put out to pasture


I think it's both hilarious and telling that the Clinton Foundation is closing up shop. Heh heh, there are no more favors to sell, influence to peddle, or access to hustle so nobody cares any longer what they have to say.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lacking anything relevant to say, media point out crowd size


The media are experiencing what is known as "collective existential angst"....... the foreboding feeling that the failure to achieve a goal exposes the group to questions of relevance and purpose. They can't believe they failed to install Hillary as President they way they did Obama. Or more accurately they can't believe the unsophisticated, unwashed American people didn't vote they way we were told to by them.
Because they are petty, small crybabies, the media delighted yesterday in pointing out how Obama's inaugural crowds were bigger than Trump's, as if that fact is somehow universally meaningful and vindicates them(the media) in not choosing Trump.
Here are the reasons the crowds were big for Obama but not Trump:
1: the threat of violence from despicable, Trump-hating, democrat vermin probably kept some people away.
2: local protests(89 protest permits were issued to Trump-haters for yesterday) prevented or at least dissuaded people from attending.
3: Unlike Obama/Hillary voters, Trump supporters tend to have job responsibilities that come before a road-trip to DC. Somebody has to work, after all, who's going to pay for Obama voters' idle, leisurely lives of parade watching?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Shrinking the federal government

Heh heh, just read about a survey of federal employees that showed how 1/3 of them are seriously thinking of quiting their jobs after Trump's inauguration. Hilariously they cited Trump's intention to freeze federal hiring and shrink the federal labor force as the reason for their disgruntlement.

Just so I'm clear, your stand against Trump shrinking the federal labor force is to voluntarily shrink the federal labor force yourself?

Go for it and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. The vast, bloated, federal bureaucracy is rife with fraud, waste, corruption, duplicity, redundancy, graft, and bamboozlery and it needs to be shrunk, dramatically.

We should check back with these folks in like three months, where I predict a similar outcome as the crybaby celebrities who threatened to leave the US if Trump won.....as if somehow their not living among us is punishment, and not a blessing, for the American electorate. None of the beclowned celebrities left town and neither will these bureaucrats. They'll all still be in their lavishly compensated but useless jobs, sucking at the public teat as they've always done.

Nerd alert

If you get this, be proud of your nerdery......
 
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Unintended consequences of mirror selfies

If you are a co-ed at Tulsa, it's probably better if you do NOT take mirror selfies. 
 



Monday, January 16, 2017

Another opportunity to make fun of Lindsay


Heh heh heh, has-been Lindsay Lohan may have converted to the cult of Islam. Heh, that sounds about right.
Since nobody in Hollywood will have anything to do with her, she probably figures she can score some anti-America brownie points back home and one day return in some form of acceptability.
Has Islam lowered its standards on women and alcohol, drugs, nudity, smoking, and sex and I didn't hear about it?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Heh heh, Biden gets a participation trophy


As politicians go, I'd bet Biden is probably a pretty fun guy to hang out with and I think he's a decent, though misguided, guy.

Still, this pretty much sums up the Obama presidency. People receiving things, just for having breathed.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cory Booker begins his drive for the presidency today

Sen Cory Booker is going to do something today that has never happened in US Senate history......testify against another sitting Senator in confirmation hearings. He opposes the appointment of Jeff Sessions from Alabama as Trump's AG.

Booker fancies himself the next President Obama and he figures this is the best way to raise his profile with democrat voters around the country......being a race crusader against a white guy from Alabama.

Check all the boxes Cory, I'm sure another aggrieved race hustler is just what the democrat party needs.

Here Sen Booker demonstrates for the cameras how he would have thrown the winning TD pass last night agianst Sessions' home team Alabama.

 

Sunday, January 08, 2017

My run-in with black ice


I was getting a little stir crazy last night so I ventured out to the grocery store to grab some dinner, check out the roads, etc.
The drive was fine until I chose an alternate route home, whereupon I found myself on a sheet of black ice, on a small 100yd hill. With tires spinning, my momentum carried me to within literally 5 feet of dry pavement.....then I stopped and began sliding backward.
Luckily the crown of the road guided my car into the gutter and my back right tire into the grass, stopping my slide, rather than careening back down the hill into a crash.
I thought about abandoning my car and hiking home but it would have taken at least 45 minutes, with groceries, in 19F weather, in the dark. Wisely I called my friend Darrell instead.
Darrell and his son Charlie showed up a little while later in their big 4WD Dodge Hemi PowerWagon and pulled me the final 5 feet onto dry pavement. (Man, I gotta get me one of those)
It's noteworthy that I saw people in 3 different houses peek out their window at me sitting on the ice unable to move and not one of them came out to ask if I was ok, maybe make a call for me, or offer a warm beverage......what is wrong with you people?
So I'd like to thank Darrell Vines and his son Charlie who left their warm home and rescued me last night. That was cool.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Across the pond, they have the guts to mock Islam and ISIS

If any group deserves mockery it's ISIS, but moonbat politicians and the western media revere Islam too much to allow it without sanctimonious cries of racism and bigotry. Thank goodness the BBC ignored them and made this hilarious parody of ISIS. I only wish SNL or other comedy troupe in the US had the guts to do it. Enjoy!

             

Our carelessness let the Russians in

Why is everybody getting the vapors over Russia trying to "undermine our democracy" and "commit this cyber act of war" and "influence our free election"?
There are maybe 40 countries who are sophisticated enough to hack other countries and we all try to hack each other....all the time.
There was no propaganda disseminated, disinformation peddled, psychological ops perpetrated, or fake news trotted out as real news. The only thing that happened as a result of the Russian hack was that dark, disturbing truths about Hillary, Podesta, Huma, Weiner, Donna Brazile, and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz were revealed. Nothing was made up and no lies were told. No American voters were tricked into voting for Trump or not voting for Hillary.
Most importantly, none of it could have happened if Hillary and Huma hadn't communicated via her rinky-dink bathroom server, Podesta hadn't used "password" as his password, or Huma hadn't used her pervert husband's laptop for secure communication.
Putting the blame on Russia when you handed them the information on a silver platter is like blaming the guy who stole your car out of a city alley when you left the windows down and the keys in the ignition.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Good doggie

Heh heh heh.....who's a good doggie?




Bruce Springsteen beclowns self


I've never heard of Marc Maron or his stupid podcast, but recently Bruce Springsteen went on for an interview in which he continued to rage against Trump for promoting racism, bigotry, and intolerance.....all standard, manufactured complaints about the right from the dopey left.
Hey Bruce, you're little more than a silly jester who we pay absurd amounts of money to amuse us from time to time. We don't care what you think, or even IF you think, your role in our lives is essentially that of "clown". So shut up and get back to singing and dancing.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Ed's movie review and bonus editorial


So we just finished watching "Snowden". I thought the story as I understood it was laid out well and Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a terrific job as Snowden. Importantly, they made the point in the movie that Snowden went out of his way, to the extent that he could, to make sure no US assets were endangered by his actions.
Now, I realize that a lot of my friends here despise Ed Snowden as a traitor, and predictably an Oliver Stone film will always take the side opposite the US government, as this one pretty much did but, objectively if your government is authorizing itself in secret to do things it probably shouldn't, clearly outside of its purvue of fighting terrorism, is it really treason to reveal that?
The argument for domestic surveillance and data collection is always, "Well, if you're not doing anything wrong, then what are you worried about?"
Look, I operate an inconsequential, two-bit blog that is highly critical of the government. What happens when criticizing our government becomes, not illegal, but just "anti-American"? Can the NSA trawl back 10 years for every negative statement I made in order to intimidate me into silence, the same way the Clintons used targeted IRS audits to intimidate their critics into silence?
I don't know if Snowden is a traitor or not, I'm just saying the unaccountable bureaucrats in government don't have a good record of honesty, ethics, and responsibility and I don't trust them as far as I can kick them with what is otherwise benign data on me.

The Russians did it