Sunday, June 26, 2016

Probably the best tweet about Brexit that I have seen so far.

Well if this is accurate then David Cameron is something of a political genius and Boris Johnson just stepped in a huge pile of poo.

By the way it appears that this Brexit vote has also had a rather alarming affect on Britain's economic status as well, as France has now replaced them as the fifth largest economy.

I say, good job old chaps.

Asshole from Texas attempts to bully LGBT folks during Pridefest in Anchorage.

Courtesy of ADN:  

A fight broke out at the Alaska PrideFest event on Saturday involving anti-gay protesters brandishing a megaphone, police said. 

The altercation began near the Delaney Park Strip in downtown Anchorage and involved PrideFest participants and protesters, police said. One of the protesters identified himself to an ADN photographer as David Grisham of Repent Amarillo, a Texas Christian and political organization. 

Police estimated about 20 people were involved. They said officers intervened before anybody was hurt.

According to the article the incident only involved some pushing and shoving. (And undoubtedly some name calling). Afterwards the police stayed to keep the peace until the event was over.

I have to say that I am proud of our LGBT community for standing up for themselves, I only wish I could have been there to help.

I know that guy with the flaming red doo. He is friends with my daughter, and I met him during the Democratic caucus this year. (Yes, he was a Bernie supporter.)

By the way Southern Christians were part of the Summer of Hate back in 2009, when they were mobilized by Jerry Prevo and brought in from Wasilla to protest against a ballot measure to protect gays in the workplace here in Anchorage.

They won that time, but since then the laws and attitudes have changed and our LGBT community feels much safer.

Apparently that still does not mean that some asshole from Texas cannot fly up here in an attempt to spoil their day of celebration however.

Which is sad.

Conservative columnist George Will has left the Republican party in response to Donald Trump's nomination. I imagine he will certainly not be the last to do so.

Courtesy of The Hill: 

Longtime conservative columnist George Will says he has left the Republican Party because of Donald Trump. 

“This is not my party,” he said during a Friday speech to the Federalist Society, according to the conservative-leaning outlet PJ Media. 

Will said he has switched his Maryland voter registration to "unaffiliated." 

When asked in an interview later what message he had for GOP voters, Will suggested they resign themselves to not winning the presidency in November. 

“Make sure he loses. Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House,” he said.

Actually since Donald Trump is essentially Sarah Palin with even phonier hair we should not be surprised with George Will's decision.

After all back in 2011 he had this to say about a Palin run at the White House: 

“The threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in everyone’s mind in a presidential election. ‘Should we give this person nuclear weapons?’ And the answer [in Palin’s case], answers itself.”

Impossible to believe he does not feel exactly the same way about Donald Trump having access to the nuclear codes.

Which, by the way, is exactly how all of us should feel.

Hawaii now has a law that automatically places the names of citizens who register a gun into the FBI criminal database.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

Hawaii’s governor signed a bill making it the first U.S. state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country, his office said. 

The move by gun control proponents in the liberal state represents an effort to institute some limits on firearms in the face of a bitter national debate over guns that this week saw Democratic lawmakers stage a sit-in at the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Hawaii Governor David Ige, a Democrat, on Thursday signed into law a bill to have police in the state enroll people into an FBI criminal monitoring service after they register their firearms as already required, his office said in a statement. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation database called “Rap Back” will allow Hawaii police to be notified when a firearm owner from the state is arrested anywhere in the United States. 

Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to place firearm owners on the FBI’s Rap Back, which until now was used to monitor criminal activities by individuals under investigation or people in positions of trust such as school teachers and daycare workers.

I think this is a great idea.

Of course I am also one of the people in a position of trust whose fingerprints have been sent to the FBI like five times now, for a variety of different positions.

If the FBI gets to keep an eye on me, a peaceful non-gun owner, then it seems perfectly fair that people with deadly weapons in their possession should be tracked as well.

I mean if they don't do anything wrong, they have nothing to fear.

Right?

P.S. By the way Hawaii has the lowest number of gun fatalities in the nation.

'Merika!

America summed up in one photo.

And we wonder why there are so many accidental shootings and gun fatalities.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Brexit causes 2 trillion dollar losses in stock market as millions of Brits experience "Bregret."

Courtesy of ABC News:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 611 points, or 3.39 percent, as investors reacted strongly to news that the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. U.S. markets closed at three month lows. 

Friday's sell-off marked the Dow's biggest drop in 10 months. All told, there were an estimated $2.1 trillion in losses across global markets today, according the S&P's Howard Silverblatt. There were an estimated $830 billion in losses estimated in U.S. markets today. 

The Nasdaq dropped 202 points, or 4.12 percent, while the S&P 500 slid 76 points, or 3.6 percent. 

U.S. crude fell 5 percent, or $2.47, to settle at $47.64, its largest one-day decline since February. 

From Europe to Asia to the United States, financial markets showed panic over the so-called Brexit.

There is also news that the United Kingdom may not deserve that name for much longer.

Courtesy of the New York Times: 

There has long been political jostling among the four nations that constitute the United Kingdom, but the so-called Brexit referendum has divided them in ways that mean they may not come back together again. England and Wales voted to leave the union. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay. Within hours, Scottish and Irish politicians raised the possibility that their nations would leave the United Kingdom so they could remain in the European Union. 

“This outcome tonight dramatically changes the political landscape here in the North of Ireland,” said Declan Kearney, the chairman of the political party Sinn Fein, which has legislators in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and has long sought their reunification. Mr. Kearney said Sinn Fein would seek a referendum to have Northern Ireland leave the United Kingdom and join Ireland, an independent country (and European Union member). 

Scotland rejected a proposal to quit the United Kingdom in a referendum in 2014, in part over concerns that as an independent country, it would be unable to join the European Union and would suffer economically. On Friday, Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, said her party would “prepare the legislation that would be required to enable a new independence referendum to take place.”

While all of this is going on there are millions of British citizens who are hoping that the "no take backs" rule is not in effect in this case.

Courtesy of the Washington Post: 

A petition calling for another referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union has now received at least 2.1 million signatures — a level that means it must now be debated by British politicians. It was apparently so popular that the British Parliament's website, where the petition was hosted, briefly crashed.

The hope is to somehow invalidate the Brexit vote and get things back to normal in the United Kingdom, before that moniker gets retired for good.

What the political fallout might be if they succeed in shifting this whole thing into reverse is anybody's guess, but I imagine that the country will suffer some serious political schizophrenia for quite awhile.

Let's just make sure that every Trump supporting moron is paying close attention to what is happening here, becasue if their candidate were to be elected they would likely suffer the same feelings of regret now sweeping the British Isles.

President Obama's second term approval ratings now higher than Clinton, Bush, or Reagan.

Courtesy of WAPT News:  

President Barack Obama's approval rating remains on the upswing, with 52 percent now approving of his performance as president, up a statistically insignificant one point since last month, but now five points above the 47 percent who approved in January. 

This survey marks the third straight CNN/ORC poll with majority approval for the president, and the fourth straight with a net-positive approval rating overall. 

The president's scores were last in negative territory in January. The improvement since then seems concentrated among political moderates, whose approval rating for Obama has climbed nine points to 62 percent while views among liberals and conservatives have largely held steady. 

It's not just Obama's approval ratings that are on the rise -- his favorability has also climbed and stands at 53 percent now, up from 48 percent in December. 

That figure means that at this stage of his presidency, Obama ranks as the most positively-viewed recent second term president. Both Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan were viewed favorably by just under half of adults in the spring or summer of their final years in office, while George W. Bush's favorability rating stood at 38 percent in summer 2008. 

In terms of approval ratings, Obama's current rating outranks both Bush's mark (30 percent) and Reagan's approval rating (48 percent) at this point in their final year, and is just below Clinton's rating in June 2000 (55 percent).

The article goes on to say that Obama's high favorable ratings will also help Hillary in November.

Which of makes perfect sense, and why it was SO important to nominate a real Democrat for the general election.

This is not the time for a revolution. Revolutions are for when things are getting worse, not for when things are getting betters.

And thanks to President Obama, and future President Hillary Clinton, things are indeed getting better. 

Sarah Palin doubles down on the stupidity of Brexit by suggesting that America should now leave the UN.

I know stuff just ask me.
Courtesy of the Margaret Fractured's Facebook page: 

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another... (Are we plagiarizing the Declaration of Independence? Naughty, naughty.)

The UK knew - it was that time. And now is that time in the USA. 

The Brexit referendum is akin to our own Declaration of Independence. (That is not just like comparing apples to oranges, that is comparing apples to bowling balls.) May that refreshed spirit of sovereignty spread over the pond to America's shores! (Wait, since when is America not a sovereign nation?)

Congratulations, smart Brits. Good on you for ignoring all the fear mongering from special interest globalists who tend to aim for that apocalyptic One World Government that dissolves a nation's self-determination and sovereignty... the EU being a One World Government mini-me. (Apocalyptic One World Government? Well somebody has been spending time over at World Net Daily and Infowars now haven't they?)

America can learn an encouraging lesson from this. 

It is time to dissolve political bands that connect us to agendas not in our best interest. May UN shackles be next on the chopping block. 

- Sarah Palin

"Shackles on the chopping block?"  Nice imagery there moron.

It is not surprising that Palin is all giddy and damp panties over this Brexit thing, after all it is driven by the same xenophobia and white outrage that is behind the Donald Trump campaign.

Isolationism, religious intolerance, fear mongering, in many ways Brexit is a look into the crystal ball predicting what could happen in this country if we allow Donald Trump to win the White House.

And it is yet another reminder of why it is more important than ever for Democrats to turn out in historic numbers to keep that from ever happening.

If you are thinking of sitting this one out because things did not go your way, you better think again.

President Obama makes the historic Stonewall Inn a national monument.

Courtesy of the New York Daily News: 

President Obama has declared the Stonewall Inn a national monument, making the iconic West Village bar the first national monument of the LGBT rights movement. 

"Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story for the struggle for LGBT rights," Obama announced in a video released Friday. 

The President honored the Stonewall patrons who fought back against a police raid on June 28, 1969, igniting the national gay rights movement 47 years ago. 

"They stood up and spoke out. The riots became protests. The protests became a movement. The movement ultimately became an integral part of America," he said.

I remember the first time I heard about Stonewall.

I was in my early 20's working at a car dealership, and my direct supervisor was an out of the closet gay man.

The guy was hysterical, always cracking jokes. Many at his own expense.

But one day while we were talking he got dead serious and started to tell me about his experiences during something called the Stonewall riots. I swear it was almost like hearing a veteran talking about Nam.

By the end of the conversation he was literally shaking with emotion.

I think that was the first time I really understood how much hatred there was toward the LGBT community.

President Obama has a lot to be proud of, many accomplishments under his belt, but what he has done to protect and inspire LGBT folks in this country is completely unprecedented.
 

I thought I made myself pretty clear.

You may remember that I wrote a post where I cautioned Bristol against going after the Johnstons for talking to me.

Yeah well some people simply cannot take a hint.

Remember this?

Here is the rest that I originally was not going to post.


And trust me this attitude is nothing new.

I also learned during my many talks with Levi and Sunny that when Levi first talked about the new love in his life, and expressed a desire to have her meet his son, that Bristol responded by threatening to get a restraining order against Sunny to keep her away from Tripp.

And this happened even though Sunny was working as a pre-school teacher.

It didn't matter. All that mattered was that Bristol still had the power to keep Levi from seeing his son, and if he did not kiss her ass and do what she wanted she would make sure that never happened.

And it has been pretty much downhill from there. 

So without going into too much detail, after my last post on this topic there was a deal offered to Levi if he could get me to shut up.

Levi really wanted to pursue that deal and asked me if I could cool it.

Believe me when I say that I in no way wanted to play ball with Bristol and her new husband. (Oh yeah, Dakota is now officially a player in this little melodrama as well. In fact if you check Court View you can see that it was his lawyer, Kimberlee Colbo, who submitted the latest filings.) But this is their life after all and so I do not feel I have the right to stand in the way of any kind of arrangement which might make their situation better.

So I grudgingly agreed. Temporarily. (For those who were wondering why I was not posting about the Johnstons, well now you know.)

Since you are reading this it should be pretty obvious that the deal fell through. (Actually I am of the opinion that there was no real deal on the table and that those were simply attempts to delay the inevitable.)

Not only that but due to some strong arm tactics I am now released from my earlier promise to keep certain things quiet.

In other words kids, somebody better put the Maytag repairman on speed dial because there are some appliances which will desperately require his services any minute now.

P.S. By the way those texts up top are nothing compared to what's coming.

Brexit explained in one video. (Well more or less.)

Actually since this video was made David Cameron has stated publicly that he is stepping down as Prime Minister.

There is also talk over here of this giving Donald Trump a certain bump in the polls, since an anti-immigration stance is also what drove much of this vote to leave the EU in Britain.

Though considering that the markets are now in free fall it is hard to imagine that being much of a bump. 

These are certainly interesting times we are living in right now. 

Associate of Bundy militia member caught trying to blow up Bureau of Land Management office in Arizona.

Source
Courtesy of The Salt Lake Tribune:  

Federal prosecutors say a Tooele County man placed a pipe bomb against the door of a BLM cabin and pushed the button on a remote detonator multiple times, with no result. 

His mistake? He'd unwittingly assigned an undercover FBI agent to build the bomb. 

William Keebler, 57, of Stockton, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Nephi and appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court, charged by federal prosecutors with attempting to blow up federal property at an Arizona Strip BLM facility that he had allegedly scouted with Robert LaVoy Finicum.

If you think the name Robert LaVoy Finicum sounds familiar that's because he was the guy from the Bundy standoff that got his ass shot to pieces by the FBI because he pulled out a gun after a traffic stop.

And clearly his buddy's critical thinking skills are just as sharp.

If convicted this Keebler guy faces between five to twenty years in federal prison.

Hey maybe he and Randy Bundy can share a bunk?

Seems cozy in a Brokeback Mountain sort of way.

Here's what gets me.

These guys are not trying to blow up the CIA, the FBI, the IRS, or even the NSA.

No they have their tits in a wringer over the freaking BLM, which for most people is one of the most innocuous federal agencies that you can imagine.

It's kind of like being angry at the Church of Latter Day Saints, and deciding that to get even you're going to push one of those folks from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir out in front of a moving car.

It just seems pathetic.