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Cliven Bundy’s Comments!

It seems that some comments supposedly made by Mr. Cliven Bundy . . . the Nevada cattle rancher who was in the news recently because of some dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing rights has managed to get into the media spotlight once again because some of the alleged comments may have contained references to black people that others might have found to be offensive for one reason or another.

I have noticed that some media articles are using the term “Racist” quite a bit in connection with some of this story but I am also having a lot of difficulty understanding how anyone would find it necessary to make use of that particular word in this particular situation.  

I guess some people are interpreting things differently from other people .  Some people reportedly believe Mr. Bundy uttered some racist remarks and others continue to defend him regardless of what he has reportedly said about anything or anyone because . . . apparently . . . they believe in his cause concerning his relationships with The Federal Government.

I have read the remarks he allegedly has said where black people were mentioned and I find that I cannot judge whether the remarks could qualify as racist or not.

Now there is a rather extensive discussion of this on “The Washington Post” under a headline entitled, “Rand Paul and other Republican Leaders back away from Bundy” if you care to go on over there and read more about it.

In the meantime I have my own ideas about the Rancher and his situation and any comments he may or may not have made and what they might or might not have meant . . . and after reading those comments I am not ashamed to say that it is very hard for me to come to any kind of conclusion about them except maybe for this conclusion:

Whatever Rancher Bundy might have said or may not have said or regardless of how people interpret what he is alleged to have said, I believe very strongly that the Right Wing . . . and most especially the radical Right Wing  will continue to argue about the Bundy Ranch situation for no other reason than that I think most of them probably believe things in either the same or similar way that Rancher Bundy believes so I am wondering at this point what the big deal here really is, anyhow?

Is this whole thing about what the Rancher might have said or might not have said nothing more or less than conflicting views by various people about what he actually said or what might have been meant by what he was alleged to have said?

Some of my radical right wing pundit friends are very fond of reminding me and anyone who will listen just what a stupid-assed ignorant Liberal I really am . . . a Liberal with no intelligence and no ability to understand anything regardeless of how often it is explained and as much as I hate to admit it, they might be right when it comes to this Bundy Ranch thing because it is just a little complicated to me and so I am seeking other people’s ideas about what is going on here.

What are your thoughts about it all?

Posted by John @ 10:19 PM

Will we ever live to see the day?

Will you and I live to see the day when your Internet Provider will offer you something like the following as choices?

Basic Internet Package
Includes up to 2 GB bandwidth per month with no streaming, no photos and no e-mail for $69.99. (Dial-up speeds).

Fast Internet Package
Includes up to 8 GB bandwidth per month with limited streaming, a pre-determined number of photos (let us say that it might be 50-100 photos) and limited e-mail (30 messages per month) for $79.99 at faster than dial-up speeds but nothing that could be considered “Blazing” fast . . . maybe have to wait for 3 minutes or so for the system to boot up and that sort of thing.

Faster Internet Package
Includes up to 20 – 25 GB bandwidth per month with streaming capability for 60 full-length motion pictures, e-mail with a 300-message-per month cap, a higher pre-determined number of photos . . . say 1,500 for example . . . who needs to store more than 1,500 photos on a computer anyway?  The speeds for this one are much quicker and it would take maybe 60 seconds for the system to boot and you could have all this for a miserly $160 per month.

Fastest Super Duper Deluxe Internet Package
Now we are getting somewhere!
Unlimited bandwidth with a soft cap of 200 GB per month with streaming capability for as many movies as you can cram into your pleasure quotient for the month . . . as many pictures as your heart desires up to a soft limit of 5,000 or so per month . . . The speeds for this one are lightning fast with an average download speed of half-a-second or so . . . and you can have all this luxurious Internet freedom for a piddling $500 per month.

Special Custom Super Duper Deluxe Internet Package
All the above with the added convenience of the entire package being totally pop-up and advertising free for the very reasonable cost of $650 per month.

Super Special Custom Delux Internet Package
All the above with the added convenience that all your First and Fourth Amendment Rights will be totally protected and that your website will be totally secure from all snooping by outsiders and that it will never be censored unless it becomes something that engages in what might be considered criminal activities – - and you can have this package for only $2,000 per month!

Are these days coming?

How close are we to getting there?

Is it all a nightmare that might just go away and let everything revert back to the way it originally was?

Or with the way the world is advancing today is this the way to go?

What are your thoughts?

Posted by John @ 3:52 PM

Is Internet Freedom at risk because of some political agreements?

I am reading this horrific-sounding article about how something is about to happen that might cause the internet to become expensive – to destroy our First and Fourth Amendment Rights on the Internet and a whole lot of other scary sounding stuff.

Does anybody know anything about whether there is any truth to any of this or whether it is a big hoax or a joke or what?

The whole damned thing has gotten me a little depressed and I really need to know what is going on if indeed anything is going on about this kind of shit.

Is it just time for me to shut down my blog and forget it or what?

If there is something to this and if there is any truth to it maybe it will mean that if I have to shut down then maybe some of the Right Wing idiots will have to shut down too.

That at least would make the idea tolerable to me.

Read What I Have Been Reading – - – HERE.

Posted by John @ 2:15 PM

My favorite chicken sandwich!

A little break from politics, folks so I can share some of my favorite things in the hopes that somebody else might like them too.  Today . . . “My Favorite Chicken Sandwich.”

Steps to make:

(1) Toast two slices premium whole wheat bread.

(2) Slather one large tablespoon of salad dressing ( the kind that looks like mayonnaise ) on the bread.

(3) place a few leaves of arugula lettuce onto the bread

(4) Add some slices of soft avocado to the sandwich.  I like to cut my avocado really thin with a cheese slicer.

(5)  Sprinkle a little ground sweet basil over the sandwich.

(6)  A slice of provolone cheese if you like it. (Or American Cheese or Pecorino Cheese or Cheddar or whatever – - even Parmesan is O.K. )

(7) 3-4 ounces thinly sliced roast chicken breast meat.

(8)  Sometimes I add a little thinly sliced tomato or some thin-sliced green pepper that I have sautéed in some olive oil until tender and warm . . . you can do onion slices this way too if you like onion on your sandwiches.

(9)   If you prefer your cheese melted, then I suggest you grill the bread and the cheese a little before adding the chicken and the rest of the ingredients – - – or you can assemble the whole sandwich and cook it in a panini grill for about 6 or 7 minutes . . . keep an eye on it so it doesn’t get too done for your tastes.

That’s my kind of chicken sandwich.

I had it for lunch this very day.

Posted by John @ 12:04 PM

A simple question about abortion that begs an answer!

In a recent post on “American Liberal Times” I posed the following challenge to the anti-abortionist Right Wing: Continue reading

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It is hard to believe . . . a whole day without a single comment.

Maybe I am losing it.

Political Fantasy And The Right Wing War On Democracy!

I think there is a very valid reason so many of the American Radical Right Wing Conservatives fabricate things . . . contrive things . . . fantasize things . . . . . tell the most obvious lies about things . . . imagine things . . . revise truths to fit their own arguments . . . and all the other abuses of integrity and honesty that many of them are more than likely responsible for: Continue reading

The Price Of National Stability!

President John F. Kennedy once said, “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” Continue reading

Abuse Of Power Cited!

According to some reports I have read  . . . there are some high-profile self-declared Conservatives on the upper rungs of the American Politic who have declared the events that transpired between a Nevada cattle rancher and The Bureau of Land Management some time back are being seen by more and more Americans as one of the increasingly abusive uses of power by the federal government and one of the reasons for a supposed increasing level of anger on the part of a lot of Americans. Continue reading

Guneconomica!

I have recently read articles on the Web where a whole lot of Righties are apparently complaining about what they have interpreted as “President Obama authorizing the sending of shipments of lethal weapons to Al Qaeda in Syria in support of what is known by some as “The Syrian Opposition.” Continue reading