The Huffington Post Has Jumped The Shark

I mean really jumped.

 

Over the years Huffpo has flirted with being a fucking joke with some of what they publish as “news”.

 

Lot’s of sideboob pictures, an unhealthy fixation on some chick named Kardashian  and loads of other examples of questionable journalism.

 

Today, they went all in.Here is the actual headline;

Dog Butt Looks Like Jesus Christ In A Robe (PHOTO)

 

That is  something I really needed to see,know what I mean?

 

But wait, it gets better.

They actually have a picture of a little dogs asshole.

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This is news?

Really?

 

No wonder they don’t pay their writers.

 

Now they need to fire their fucking editor.

 

 

 

I Knew It Was Bad But Now It’s Just Ridiculous

Everyone by now is all too familiar with the price and scarcity of ammo.
Some calibers are hard to come by and most places sell out as soon as it hits the shelves, if not before.
I first noticed it clear back in early March as I recall,trying to find the lowly.22LR round.
Not only could I not find any in quantity, I couldn’t find any at all.

As far as I have seen, it is still as scarce as hen’s teeth anywhere around here and the prices have gone through the roof.

Cheaper Than Dirt drew my ire especially a while back for wanting up to twenty five fucking dollars for fifty lousy rounds.

I used to be able to buy FIVE HUNDRED rounds for eleven dollars.
Yes, I can still remember that, it wasn’t all that long ago.

Then I started looking at gun shows, it was still pretty damn pricey,I paid seven fifty for a fifty round box in late March.

Now ,the price of .22 ammo has gone up 400% since this time last year and it doesn’t look like it is going to come back down any time in the near future.

That is insane.

Not only has the price gone through the roof, the availability is still nigh on to finding the Holy Grail.

It’s not just .22 rounds either.

We Americans have bought so much ammo in the past six months that now the supply has dwindled halfway around the World because of it.

Firearm importers in Australia are being told to brace for supplies to run extremely thin or completely dry within weeks.

Importer Jade Cleaver says he has been buying more than usual in anticipation.

“We’ve been stockpiling ammunition in a sense so we don’t run out,” he said.

“Basically the American community is consuming the ammunition and the ammunition manufacturers can’t keep up.”

Australia’s eight main firearm wholesalers source about 80 per cent of their stock from the United States.

American ammo producers are running around the clock and simply can not keep up with demand.

This was to be expected after the government decided that gun control was something it needed to do right after that crazy fucked in the head kid in Connecticut killed 26 people,mostly children, using firearms he stole from his mother after he killed her first.

We are all too familiar with that now too.

The little asshole broke so many laws doing it, I’m not sure I have ever even seen a total.

After the gun control frenzy took a shot to the solar plexus and got put on the back burner nationally, we all figured it would just be a matter of time until the gun and ammo buying frenzy would taper off but so far, six months later, the ammo shortage has yet still to start easing off.

Some of the gun manufactures have still got back orders that won’t be filled for a year yet but ammo isn’t as machine work intensive as a gun is.

At this point if you haven’t already bought the ammo you think you need, you can expect to pay one hell of a lot more than you would have a year ago but a 400% increase for .22 shells just sticks in my craw.monopoly

Hit And Run

I haven’t had time for computer stuff the past few days. been working my homesick ass off.
Twenty hours of OT Saturday and Sunday alone after they called me in.
My fucking back and feet are killin’ me and now I have to turn right around and go back in.

I seriously need some of this.

FISA And The Verizon Phone Scandal

Quite the shit storm is resulting from the reporting that the NSA is getting the phone records of every Verizon customer in the United States.

Wonder why I italicized that last bit?

Do you know that the court order they are touting came from a very special court that goes by the acronym FISA?

Do you know what FISA stands for? The court in question is named for this;

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978

See anything Domestic indicated in that title?

No?

Me neither.

I think a little history lesson is in order here to help frame why I think that not only is this whole program illegal as fuck in the first place, I think the legal fig leaf they are using to justify it is also way the fuck off base.
Take a moment and read the following that I got off Wikipedia, then I am going to dig a little deeper into the actual guidelines and parameters that the FISA court is constrained by and then I will let you make your own judgment call on this.
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First, the back ground of where FISA originated and why.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was introduced on May 18, 1977, by Senator Ted Kennedy and was signed into law by President Carter in 1978. The bill was cosponsored by the nine Senators: Birch Bayh, James O. Eastland, Jake Garn, Walter Huddleston, Daniel Inouye, Charles Mathias, John L. McClellan, Gaylord Nelson, and Strom Thurmond.

The FISA resulted from extensive investigations by Senate Committees into the legality of domestic intelligence activities. These investigations were led separately by Sam Ervin and Frank Church in 1978 as a response to President Richard Nixon’s usage of federal resources to spy on political and activist groups, which violates the Fourth Amendment.[4] The act was created to provide Judicial and congressional oversight of the government’s covert surveillance activities of foreign entities and individuals in the United States, while maintaining the secrecy needed to protect national security. It allowed surveillance, without court order, within the United States for up to one year unless the “surveillance will acquire the contents of any communication to which a United States person is a party”. If a United States person is involved, judicial authorization was required within 72 hours after surveillance begins.

My emphasis.

That’s right, they could tap your phone for 3 days before they had to get a warrant.BUT, the original intent was focused on FOREIGN individuals or Foreign governments suspected of terrorist activities and United States citizens were very specifically provided special considerations.
The warrants were actually so rarely denied it was almost a gimmee when asked for and the rate of requests skyrocketed after a few years.

The FISA act was amended several times but it was always centered on foreign suspects.

Let me skip over a bunch of what I was going to point out here, if you want to be more well informed yourself, please take several minutes and go read the whole Wikipedia entry, there is a lot of information there that most folks do not know even exists.

Right now I am going to just go straight for the jugular and quote the Wikipedia entry directly and point out this is why I call Bullshit on their flimsy excuse that they have a court order forcing Verizon and I’m sure all the rest of the Telco’s to comply with their blanket wiretapping of United States citizens.

With a court order

Alternatively, the government may seek a court order permitting the surveillance using the FISA court.[20] Approval of a FISA application requires the court find probable cause that the target of the surveillance be a “foreign power” or an “agent of a foreign power”, and that the places at which surveillance is requested is used or will be used by that foreign power or its agent. In addition, the court must find that the proposed surveillance meet certain “minimization requirements” for information pertaining to U.S. persons.[21]

There it is in Black and White.

There is a word for this kind of government activity that people get real squeamish when they hear used in this country and that word is Despotism.

des·pot·ism (dsp-tzm)
n.
1. Rule by or as if by a despot; absolute power or authority.
2. The actions of a despot; tyranny.
3.
a. A government or political system in which the ruler exercises absolute power: “Kerensky has a place in history, of a brief interlude between despotisms” (William Safire).
b. A state so ruled.

The orders to carry out these acts had to be authorized at the highest levels of government as it directly affects national security.

I do not want to hear the words, I was unaware or I didn’t know come from the leader of this country about this because you and I both know damned good and well this had to have Presidential authority.

I’m sure this was discussed and vetted at Cabinet level and it sounds eerily familiar to the Bush Cabals hunting for a legal precedent of any kind possible to justify torture, except this time it was to spy on virtually every citizen of this country.

This administration has crossed a big line in the sand and stood up on their hind legs and dared anyone to question their authority.

I do believe they will get that wish.

This issue is sure as hell not going to go away and I can see multiple legal challenges on the horizon concerning this matter.

I have zero hope that it will be successfully challenged though as I feel that the Third Branch of our government, The Judiciary, has been completely compromised and has lost it’s adherence to it’s original reason to exist.

Impartial observance of facts and sound legal judgment using the original framework provided by the Constitution.

Sounds kind of Old Fashioned when it is put in that way but it was meant to stand the test of time.

Unfortunately it has failed miserably to do that.
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The fact that the FISA court was used in a back door move to justify this egregious violation of the Fourth Amendment just underscores the lack of integrity and independent thought combined with an unwillingness to stand up to a runaway government that has been so much on display from other court districts throughout our country, including and especially our Supreme Court.

If you can’t extrapolate what is being reported far enough ahead to imagine what we are not hearing about then you need to go back to mowing the lawn,

with your teeth.
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Cross posted at The Vulgar Curmudgeon.

A Work In Progress

As I have alluded to in other posts earlier, I have been working on my Piece Of Shit 1964 Austin Healey Sprite off and on for, about the last twenty five or so years.

 

I finally got a bit done today that I should have done a couple weeks ago when I had the fucking engine out.

 

At the time I was just going to slap it back together so I just sanded some surface rust and sprayed it with some black spray paint  over the sanded spots and put the engine and transmission back in it.

It looked like hell and wouldn’t ya know it, it came back and bit me square on the ass today.

 

I was using some Brake Clean to get rid of some greasy spots and that cheap paint instantly crinkled up like a cheap suit.

Fuuuuuuck me was I pissed.

 

That’s it then.

I started stripping parts off the cocksucker like I should have done the first time. Then I had to remove all that black fucking paint.
That was an unholy mess and took most of the day.

Of course with the engine and front steering/suspension still mounted I couldn’t get it all painted but I got most of it.

Forty bucks for stainless steel bolts, two more trips for laquer thinner and paint.

The engine compartment is now the color I wanted to paint the rest of the car. Eventually the whole thing will get stripped again and repainted but this is where I am at right now.

 

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If you look closely under the steering rack you can see the original Baby Blue color of the car.

I always hated that color.

Here is the rest of the miserable sonofabitch.

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The whole front end comes off with two pivot bolts and unhooking the wires for the lights.

That makes it SO much easier to work on the little monstrosity.

 

The thing is basically a street legal Go Cart.

 

Now I have to clean up and reinstall all the crap I took off and actually get the thing to run again.

There is no end in sight to the amount of work and money I am going to have to put into this thing but at least I have something to do instead of sitting in a bar.

 

I should have my head examined for opening this can of worms but there it is.

What A Difference A Year Makes

Yep, today is an anniversary of sorts.

One year ago today I went on my last, epic, drunk.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of being sober for one year.

No meetings, no support groups, I just don’t drink anymore by sheer willpower and the Grace of God.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I do have my moments when chugging a couple of ice cold beers is almost irresistible but I know from experience that once I start, I don’t stop until I pass out.

Watch this guy in the video for a laugh and then think about what I am about to say, I have been so drunk it makes this clown look like a rookie.

 

 

I used to black out and still function.

Wake up wondering where the fuck I was at and how the fuck I got there.

 

I was drinking a fifth of straight whiskey and chasing it with beer every fucking day.

I weigh about one fifty/sixty.

That’s hardcore, I don’t give a fuck who y’are.

Puke?

I would puke every morning and it got so bad I was puking in anything handy day and night.

I still got up and went to work almost every day too.

They call that functional alcoholism and I was fucking good at it.

I have pretty much lost everything I ever had because of it too.

A marriage, two houses, totaled over thirty cars and have had so many car , motorcycle and personal accidents I have literally lost count but it is well over a hundred by now.It’s called being out of control except I called it  life as usual.

 

One year ago I crossed a big line and came close to losing everything again. My wife especially.

 

That was enough.

I don’t want to lose her, she is the best thing that ever happened to me so I sat down with a hangover that would kill a mere mortal and did a little soul searching.

I think I made the right decision.

I can see a lot of changes in my life and it ain’t always a bowl of cherries but it is a damn sight better than I probably deserve.I look back at some of my older rants and just laugh now.

I have shit to do so I’m going to go do it instead of thinking about it and looking at it through the bottom of a bottle.

 

Thanks fer stopping by.