A significant percentage of US voters believe Ronald Reagan was the best president in US history. Despite Iran/Contra, arms for hostages, and trickle-down economics. History is not the long-suite among high school graduates in the United States.
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Yahoo News conducted a poll of +-1400 voters and asked who was the worst president in US history. The results were that 33% believe the guy in the White House now is the worst. 28% believe the guy who was in there before him was the worst.
The pollsters used subtle methods for determining what percentage of the voters believing the guy in there now is the worst did so because he was black. They concluded +-5% simply could not stand the thought of a black man serving in the White House except as a shoe-shine boy.
Which leaves the question among non-racist voters precisely equal: 56% of US voters believe one of the last two US presidents was the worst in US history. 28% Bush, 28% wossname.
All of which should raise some alarming questions in the minds of everyone else. When did they quit teaching children US history in school?
Sheeze! The freaking Civil Freaking WAR was fought during the watch of one US president! Two were impeached! One was responsible for the Trail of Tears and moving the aboriginal tribes east of the Mississippi the-hell anywhere west of the Mississippi and stealing their farms, barns, equipment, animals, crops for white people. Even though those Cherokees and some other tribes were already doing their best to BE white people. Hell, a few years later they even had a Cherokee general commanding troops during the Civil War. Chreeeeeist! They even owned slaves! What the hell do you have to do to be civilized?
Then there’s Lyndon Johnson, faked the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and used it to justify carpet bombing of North Vietnam, had South Vietnam President Diem assassinated by the CIA, and did the Great Society.
There’s John freaking Kennedy, son of a damned bootlegging smuggling NAZI supporter during the pre-WWII years. Responsible for the Bay of Pigs, among other fiascos.
Hells bells, there’s Clinton for Christs sakes. Got a blowjob in the Oval Office. No Jennifer Oneal, her, either. Shot up Ruby Ridge, murdered a couple-score Branch Davidians outside Wacoi, and smuggled huge amounts of coke and crack into Arkansas on CIA aircraft. Got almost impeached because of shady real estate deals he and the little woman were up to their asses in.
These two guys now and just before him are pikers. Except where deficit spending and fruitless military adventures are concerned. These two couldn’t find their asses with flashlights when it comes to real corruption.
Posted in 2014, Animals, Education, Government, History, Native American, Native Americans, Politics
Tagged Bush, corruption, culture, Education, History, Human Behavior, humor, politics, poll, presidents, Reagan, senior citizens, society, sociology, wossname
King James 1 died of sarcophageal cancer in 1625 ce. I don’t understand this gravestone item except the foot in the lower right corner. I understand the foot, mostly.
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I have some loose ends here in need of exploitation, same as everything else we humans touch need exploiting. These are photos not quite lousy enough in concept to justify tossing them, but not juicy enough to justify a blog entry built around them.
Sarcophagus of a church: Olathe Community Theater Association – one block east, currently the eastern extremity of my attempts to walk somewhere. Easternmost bastion of artsy fartsyism from where I live and breathe.
For instance [above], Olathe, KS is full of neighborhood churches gone to meet Jesus leaving behind useful buildings to be converted by sinners into nothing particularly holy.
Back when everyone thought radioactivity was harmful to human beings a person would see a lot of these. Today you have to visit a ghost-town to find them. Anachronistic tomfoolery. How dare they deny science by being scared of a little radioactivity?
Sarcophagus of Sunflower US Army Ammunition Plant contains lots of smaller sarcophagi above and below:
Sunflower Ammo shot its wad but that’s no reason to get careless. Hope you folks found other jobs.
Let’s not forget Dorothy, the Tin Man, et all while we explore the ammo plant sarcophagus. [ http://kensas.kdhe.state.ks.us/certop/ISL_Detail?id=C404600052]
West Side Story said it best: Nobody wants a fella with a social disease.
There’s a small problem on the cleanup thing. They runned spang out of money. The sarcophagus of a once-useful piece of real estate after all the profiteers ran and hid, disclaimed kinship.
Possibly too much honesty displayed here.
Some things probably shouldn’t be put on a sign.
Don’t be drinking cereal malt beverages around here. Whatever the hell those might be.
This is the nature park outside Sunflower Ammo Plant.
Kansas Museum for the Deaf – one block north, the extremity of my walking distance northward. Northernmost bastion of artsyfartsyism from where I live and continue to breathe.
Back in Olathe, one block north.
I’m feeling much better now. Glad we had this little talk.
Posted in 2014, Education, Government, History
Tagged culture, History, Human Behavior, humor, Life, philosophy, psychology, senior citizens, society, sociology
Reminds me a bit of a 1950s song, “Poor Little Robin,” “Walkin’ walkin’ walkin to Missouri.” But this ain’t a robin.
Hi readers. I dunno. The Kansas State Bird is the Western Meadowlark. Don’t even bother suggesting that’s what it’s all about.
But all over Kansas City and the surrounding area a person will see that damned cartoon character parrot. Bumperstickers, flags in yards, even on gravestones.
Occasionally a person will see the word, “Jayhawk” associated with the damned parrot. A jayhawk isn’t, I believe, an actual bird, so much as a Civil War pejorative used by people with long memories referring to the Kansas-version of the Missouri ‘bushwhackers’. Irregulars, citizen soldiers using the excuse of war and hatred to rape loot and plunder anyone who disagreed with them.
I don’t think this is a jayhawk. I think it’s a hell-of-a-lot more likely it’s a damned robin walking to Missouri, and the people displaying it aren’t happy with gasoline being so much cheaper just across the State boundary.
But what the hell do I know?
Posted in 2013, America, Current Issues, Education
Tagged animals, Chickens, culture, History, Human Behavior, Life, lifestyle, Nature, philosophy, psychology, senior citizens, society, sociology
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My life’s blessed at the moment having my bud, Eddie, available to kick around finding fixes for the unfixable. In this instance, all that broken plumbing and wastewater damage blowing the tires did on the RV. That stuff’s made of a material monikered, ABS, which was never intended to be repaired. Plastics, nylon, nothing much easily available attaches to it and the hardware stores don’t carry anything much in the plumbing department made of ABS.
But ABS does attach nicely to other ABS if a person can find some.
Eddie did some web searches to find out what products might be made of ABS to be ravaged for the purposes of converting them to RV wastewater heaven. One turned out to be old computer monitors. So he dug around until he found one.
Yesterday we examined the old monitor to make certain the flat area on the side would be large enough to make a patch to cover the hole broken in the greywater tank on the RV. Then we took a waste piece of RV broken plumbing pipe, scarified it, scarified the potential monitor, and doctored both with purple ABS goo cement.
Voila! Yes. You heard me right. Voila.
That flat surface on the side of that monitor’s going to RV wastewater heaven, holding back the forces of darkness, undergoing reincarnation, likely providing a whole new US cottage industry in the future.
Damned monitors all over the US now have something to aspire to.
Posted in 2013, America, Communication, Country Life, Education, Science, Senior Citizens
Tagged country life, culture, economy, History, Human Behavior, humor, Life, lifestyle, recycleing, RV plumbing, science, senior citizens, society, sociology, wastewater
A lot of you probably think the world would have been just as good a place if Napoleon’s troops hadn’t shot the nose off the Sphinx practicing with artillery in 1799. You might even think if they’d just stayed home in France and shot the noses off every Frenchman they could catch the world would be better off?
In the interest of science, Napoleon’s troops couldn’t know what would happen up there without shooting some artillery at it to find out. Same as Hiroshima and Nagasaki later on. Theories are worthless unless they’re tested.
Well, you’d be wrong. Napoleon’s troops did just the right thing blowing off the nose of Sphinx.
Keep in mind, these were Frenchmen. All they knew how to do at that point was try to take the heads off whatever got in the way. But they saved the Sphinx. If they’d left it alone until the British took over in 1802 the Sphinx would be in London. Housed in a wonder-of-the-world-sized British Museum. Same as everything else the British could haul off from every country they ever conquered.
Once Napoleon’s troops finished nobody every had to do it again. Anyone with half-an-eye could see what would happen if you shot the Sphinx in the nose with a piece of 1799 field artillery.
And most importantly, Sphinx was flawed. By 1802 when the British took Egypt they’d become selective, only stealing the most perfect artifacts. Sphinx got to stay home in Egypt because of French artillery practice.
Which didn’t happen to the Rosetta Stone, which French troops found and got taken away from them by the British.
From the time Cleopatra offed herself with that adder, shortly thereafter, nobody knew how to read Egyptian hieroglyphs. But thanks to those French troops, someone decided to steal the Rosetta Stone.
The Rosetta Stone is in the British Museum in London today. It’s been there since shortly after British officials stole it in 1802. Most likely it will continue to reside in the British Museum until US troops have finished whatever they’re doing in Europe. When we finally bring the troops home from WWII the final act will be to drop the 8th Army into London, take over Heathrow Airport, and bring the Rosetta Stone and everything else in the British Museum to the United States where it rightfully belongs.
Created 196 BC
Present location British Museum
The Rosetta Stone is an ancient Egyptian granodiorite stele inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts (with some minor differences among them), it provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
When the contents of the British Museum finally are transported to the Smithsonian in Washington DC the British Empire will finally be a footnote of history, along with Napoleon, the Egyptians, and other backward peoples everywhere.
Posted in 2013, America, Education, History, Human Behavior
Tagged archeology, artillery, British Museum, Cleopatra, culture, Egypt, French army, Giza, Great Sphinx, History, Human Behavior, humor, Life, lifestyle, Napoleon, philosophy, Rosetta Stone, senior citizens, society, sociology, Sphinx
At least if I can.
This morning my blood pressure was 107/76, pulse 71 when I was about to take the pill some sawbones prescribed for me back in 1993. After I quit going to doctors getting those pills has been a considerable challenge. I was about to renew my passport so’s I could step across into Mexico to buy them instead of ordering them from wossname, India.
But I’ve been taking Serrapeptase, that silkworm spit enzyme about a month now, and Nattosomethingorotherase about a week now. Yesterday I noticed when I took my blood pressure for the first time in a longish while it was disgracefully low. High 80s over mid 60s, pulse high 50s.
My bp hasn’t been that low since I was 40 and able to run several miles trying to rid myself of pent up frustrations over being a white male in a society where everything is run by females and minority ethnics and a regular white male doesn’t have a chance to make nothing of himself.
Anyway, I’m going to be checking my blood pressure regularly, and unless it goes up enough to convince me I need those pills India and Mexico pharmaceutical industries can starve if they’re depending on my business to keep them going. I’m fairly patriotic that way.
Most doctors and other medicos are the fools of books and that guy who prescribed the stuff for me back in Nineteen-hundred-and-ninety-three probably never read the book saying silkworm spit is better.
Note: 10:10 am – 110/71 pulse 63. Still no Prinivil blood pressure pill taken – Normally I’d have taken it at 05:00 am. JP
Note @1600 – 4:00pm – BP 111/71, pulse 70.
Posted in 2013, America, Education, Senior Citizens
Tagged blood pressure, culture, Education, Human Behavior, humor, Life, lifestyle, medical, medicine, senior citizens, Serrapeptase, society, sociology, survival, technology
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Boswell told the story of how he and Johnson were in a group with a lot of aristocrats when a woman sitting near Johnson passed noisy gas. She immediately began rubbing her own leg against a table leg to create the illusion the noise was a friction sound vibration resulting from the two legs in two-part harmony.
“We heard you the first time, Lady. You don’t have to find something that rhymes with it,” Johnson pointed out.
Which sums up a lot of the problems we human beings have trying to solve what we believe are our major issues on any day. We fudge on our rhymes. On big issues we’re especially bad about boxing ourselves into lousy rhymes.
For instance, after Roosky peasantry had been beaten and starved by their aristocrats a few hundred years they wanted to find something that rhymed with the French Revolution. They talked about it endlessly, batted it around, finally created a poem with rhyme and rhythm of their own.
But it took Joe Stalin to write the last stanza. The one about Napoleon.
For some reason that particular poem always ends with Napoleon. Evidently no way of avoiding it.
Today in the US and a lot of the world the folks in power are trying to find something that rhymes with Edward II and the Dispensers. The folks who aren’t in power are trying to find something that rhymes with the American Revolution. And both agree there’s a sidebar hope of finding something that rhymes with the crusades.
You don’t hear much out of Washington DC about Edward II and the Dispensers these days, but you see a lot of attempts to find things that rhyme with it. But nobody’s doing much thinking about the final stanza of that one, either.
For the ones trying to find the US Constitution behind trees and under rocks, the final stanza to the American Revolution was probably the Civil War.
I can’t recall the final stanza of the Crusades, but I suspect a piece of it had to do with the massacre and looting of the Templars [and Edward II and the Dispensers].
When human beings passed gas back in the time of Johnson, or Edward II, or the French Revolution I’m betting it smelled and sounded pretty similar to when they do it today. We aren’t much better at rhyming today than we were then.
Posted in 2013, Education, Government, Human Behavior, Science
Tagged Boswell, crusades, Dispensers, Edward II, flatulence, french revolution, History, revolution, Russian Revolution
WordPress didn’t show this abomination and wouldn’t allow me to edit it in. Look at all the land down there that might have shale oil on it the cheating sneaking thieving Mexicans were allowed to keep.
Who the hell needs Iraq and Afghanistan?
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One of the tragedies of the modern-day Israel is that it’s succeeded in riding the German holocaust and exploiting that tragedy in such a way as to allow accusations of anti-Semitism whenever anyone criticizes Israel. The only people exempt from this manipulation and guilt mongering are Jewish. The sane ones living all over the world who haven’t fallen into the pit of Zionist self-aggrandizing devil-take-the-hindmost NAZI land grabbing and war mongering.
Nobody wants to see Israel destroy itself. Nobody wants to see it manipulate the US and other powerful allies into wars among themselves for the ultimate ‘benefit’ of Israel, a few more yards or miles of Zionist-occupied territory.
All over the world Jews have demonstrated ability in their fields, have become vital and valid parts of the countries they occupy. Many of those Jews are as critical and horrified by the behavior of Zionists as non-Jewish peace-minded people.
But those sane Jews have an advantage no non-Jewish person can exploit. They could approach the people in power in the US and other countries where they reside and point out the disaster Israel is in the Middle East. And Zionists couldn’t accuse them of being anti-Semitic, as they do all other comers.
Sane Jews everywhere could pressure their governments to cease providing military aid to Israel until the Zionists agree to make honest efforts toward peace with their neighbors. Until they withdraw from territories and real estate they have no business occupying. Until they get rid of the nuclear weapons they’ve acquired. And until they cease rocket-rattling and tend their own affairs.
Hopefully eventually Jews who are just regular people will be able to recognize they’re the only ones who can do it. Maybe they can save Israel from destroying itself through bronze-age zealotry. Maybe Masada won’t have to fall again to bring some peace and quiet to the Middle East.
Tagged: Zionism, Zionist, Israel, Jews, religion, politics, Middle East, Masada, anti-Semitism
Posted in 2013, America, Current Issues, Education, Government, Military
Tagged german holocaust, human rights, jewish peace, Middle East, politics, religion