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I may be on the verge of changing horses in the middle of the stream . . . . .


Now that America has watched their elected representatives pass the so-called “Cromnibus” spending bill – – – – – the bill designed to keep the government up and running for a period of time – – – – –

And now that the Congress has given the largest corporately-controlled and owned economy on the face of the planet – – (Ours) – – – – another shot in the arm – – – – – (Temporarily anyway) – – – – –

And now that America no longer bears much – – – – – (if any) – – – – – resemblance to the social experiment left to us by The Founding Fathers – – – – -

And now that I have come to the conclusion that the real power in this country no longer resides in the “Will Of The People” but rather resides in the hands of a very rich and exclusive group of political and economic elites – – – – –

And feeling really badly betrayed by my own traditional Democrat Party because of their part in bringing this new “Cromnibus” Bill to pass – – – – – – – a bill which I feel will do nothing more than screw around with Senior Citizens and Retired People’s mortgages, pensions and standard of living as it heaps more economic goodies onto the treasure heaps of the already much-too-wealthy reigning Oligarchy – – – – I am changing directions with “American Liberal Times.”

I am also re-registering as an “Independent” voter at the first available opportunity!

For better or for worse – – – – for richer or poorer – – – –  til death do us part – – – – “American Liberal Times” will now and forevermore henceforth strive to present a far more “Centrist” – – – – (Middle of The Road Independent) – – – – – view than ever before on the issues that I feel matter the most to us.

This decision has been a long time coming and has been very difficult for an old codger like myself but once in a while even people like me have to wake up and smell the roses and understanding that as time goes forward things have a habit of changing.

I cannot believe there are people in my own political party who would start wearing the robes of the radical right and betray the working class – – – the middle class – – – seniors – – – home makers – – – workers at all income levels – – –  by signing onto a bill that brings so much negative potential to the table for all Americans – – – – who, in my personal opinion, deserve one helluva lot better than they have been getting at the hands of our elected officials over the past few years.

No, folks – – – I am not going to kiss the virtual asses of either the Right or the Left from this point forward.  I may kiss a little of each of them from time to time if I decide either of them are making any sense – – – – but for the most part I am going to try to walk a middle road – – – – a sensible road – – – – a road lined with the trees of wisdom – – – – – if at all possible.

I know this decision is going to cause some folks to turn off of me and my blog but I cannot face supporting something that has become a lie in my face over the past few years since 2000.  I am a really old fart now . . . . I am f**king 76-years-old for Christ’s sake and I can see clearly that the America I knew and loved as a child and as a young man no longer exists anywhere except in the shadowy recesses of some dusty old History book somewhere.

I cannot believe President Obama would actually consider signing such a piece of sh*t as that “Cromnibus” Bill . . . . . and I hope when the rubber meets the road he will not sign it into law as written (without some kind of reasonable revisions to give some breaks to the “Little Guy.)  Because if the President does allow this obscenity – – – – this slap in the face of Ordinary America – – – – I am finished supporting his agenda too.

As far as I know I am allowed to say these things – – – – (Freedom of Speech and all that malarkey) – – – – God only knows how long it will be before some government Nimrod decides to “Modify” freedom of speech as well – – “For the good of the nation” – – – or some such sh*t as that.

I have always considered the Right Wing Christian Conservatives to be a little “Off-The-Wall” in their contemporary manifestation as an ideology (Idiotology) but the more I study on things and the more I think about things I think I am getting to the point where a lot of them are not always as damned crazy as I once supposed.

One thing I do know:  From now on I am going to have to try to be a little less partisan about things or I won’t be able to look at myself in a mirror.

I do hope some of you will remain here with me as this metamorphosis begins – – – – I think I can count on faithful readers to keep me straight as we go forward here.  My opinions are not always set in stone and I am still not too old to learn a few things.

Maybe I should find something else besides “Politics” to write about.  Politics is becoming a little too erotic for me these days and I am getting to the point where I do not really relish the idea of bending over so much to please some political faction.

Or maybe I should keep on keeping on so that I might touch a nerve somewhere and inadvertently do something good.

Let’s see how this all works out.

Soooo!  Is the old fart finished venting now?

Studies show the simple act of kissing somebody spreads astounding amounts of bacteria!

The article I read said that two people kissing one another can actually exchange as many as 80 million active bacteria.

I found that so incredible that a question occurred to me:  “If simply kissing somebody you love on the lips can cause an exchange of 80 million bacteria, then how many bacteria do you imagine might be exchanged if somebody were to sucuumb to a temptation to kiss the backsides of some of the more radical of the rightwads who have been elected to the American Congress in the most recent mid-term elections? – – – – Do you think the bacteria count could double under such circumstances? – – – Check it out here, folks!

I kind of had it in the back of my mind – – -

- - –  that the very minute President Obama announced a new government initiative to improve trust and cooperation between police departments and citizens – – – – – a program that would include a requirement for police officers to wear body cameras while on duty – – – I just knew down deep inside that some right snarker would jump on the idea and use it as a basis for saying a lot of nasty things about the president. – – – – – Stands to reason, doesn’t it? – – – – – Par for the course isn’t it? – – – – – That’s what the radical Rightsters do, isn’t it? – – – – – so what else is new?

Yeah – – – – the radicals and the Obama Haters are already on the web about this new presidential initiative and their remarks tend to be anything but congratulatory – – – – encouraging – – – – or helpful . . . . as anybody familiar with the imbalances associated with rightwingassholism might well imagine. – – – – – I am not going to glorify any of the trash talk going on from the Righties about this initiative or about Obama right now because I think most of the country has heard enough of it by now. – – – – – But I will say this: “It is my opinion . . . . my very firm opinion . . . . . . . that the only folks who would be against this new initiative by the president to seek more and better ways to secure much-needed trust between civilians on the street and those who wear badges of law enforcement would be criminals, crooked-police and – – – -a certain rancid little element among the Radical Reichties – – – – of  course!  

My personal opinion is that the Right Wing ought to be fully supportive of this initiative because if police have nothing to hide then a requirement to wear body cameras shouldn’t bother them at all.

But I can already see where the Right is not going to let this be about “Police” or “Trust” or anything else – – – I can already see where the Right is going to try to make this all about . . . . Obama!  – – – – Screw the safety of the people! – – – – I believe “They” want this to be all about Obama . . . . as usual!

So where were the “Big and The Bad” during the Ferguson civil unrest?

The Ferguson civil disobedience and unrest – – – and riots – – – seemed to bring out some non-law-enforcement civilian type folks who said they were going to help insure the peace and to protect citizens – – – even with “Lethal Force” if they deemed it to be necessary.”

And then a warning was announced by the group known as “Anonymous” – – -

And the local and state police and the National Guard took enforcing the peace in hand.

And the authorities did an outstanding job if you ask me – – – I am grateful they were there when needed – – – professionals all – – – maybe a little heavy-handed sometimes – – – but a lot better than any rag-tag bunch of ill-trained civilian militias would ever be if you want ,my opinion about it.

And so when the whole thing cooled down I hadn’t seen much evidence of the so-called “Super Patriots” with their Gunz – – – being on scene to do much of anything except maybe to say a few things about stuff that I never saw any evidence of ever happening.

I find that hilarious in a way because I remember all the “God and Gunz” types who descended on the Cliven Bundy Ranch during a widely publicized “Stand Off” with Federal Agents over some dispute about land rights and taxes owed.  The “Biggies and The Baddies with the Gunz” were at that little bit of theater for a while too ….. sounding all ominous and pious and patriotic – – – they were there, that is, until somebody started a rumor that they were going to be the targets of a drone strike and after that announcement was made – – – as I recall – – – they all “Melted” into invisibility – – – (Scattered like scared rabbits) – – – and weren’t heard from much more again after that.

I love sometimes how the radical rightwads come on here and explain to me how when they “Take America Back” and get rid of “Big Gubmint” it will be the states and the little private militias who will be charged with defense of America against aggression.

Picture it if you can – – – a crowd of flag-wavers, Bible-wavers and Automatic Weapons wavers melting into the background in the face of any significantly threatening enemy!

I have to laugh sometimes!

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Posted by John at 9:28 AM

We definitely need more gunz in America don’t we?

Yes! – – – America already has more guns in private hands than any other country on the face of the earth and we have the highest rate of gun-related death and I believe what is needed is even more guns – – – more permits – – – more satisfied owners – – – more freedom in the “Open Carry Laws” – – – yes – – – why the hell not?







Now that I have presented these items for your entertainment and information watch the radical rightwads start coming on with their own little “customized” – – – (Revised . . . twisted . . . contrived) – – – set of “Facts and Figures” to try to dispute everything I have written here.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day)

I cannot believe how fast time flies sometimes.  

This is my 76th Thanksgiving and once again Christmas is just around the corner.  


This morning I have changed ……. perhaps temporarily ……. the search engine for my blog again.  I am trying the “Bing” search engine out for a few hours to see if anything changes in the search area. ……. If I don’t like what is happening I will be switching back again to Google. …… We will have to wait and see. …….

One thing I am interested in finding out is if the new search is faster than the other one because if it is I can save some bandwidth. ……. If it isn’t then I will have at least tried.

Jim is fixing the turkey and my Son and I will be going over to Walmart to look for some microwave utensils he can use in his new apartment. Instead of buying one of those God-awful heavy “Whole” turkeys this year I decided on just a honeysuckle breast – – – That is 7 pounds all by itself – – – and I think a 7-pound turkey breast is good enough to serve just three people at a meal, don’t you?

I awoke this morning with a whole lot of stuff to be thankful for – – – I am not going to make a list because I am an old man and the list would be really long – – –  but here are a few of the most important things:  I am thankful to be as healthy and mobile as I am at my advanced age – – – I am grateful for all the wonderful friends I have made on the Internet – – – all the friends who tolerate my bullcrap and who keep on coming back to the blog to exchange pleasantries and to spend some virtual time with me every day – – –

I can never adequately express my gratitude to all you fine folks  – – – every one of you are just wonderful!  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! – – –

I am thankful that the radical right wing has not yet found a way to dump me and leave me by some curb somewhere to struggle to survive on my own – – – like they are trying to do to millions of old guys like me  – – – and like they are trying to do to women’s rights and to people who need food stamps – – – you know how it is with them by now I am sure and if you don’t I am confident you will be learning about their generous hearts and “Christian” ways before too much longer because they are now the big sticks in the manure pile right now – – – thanks to the unfortunate choices made by a lot of people who fell for a lot of propaganda – – – but I digress.

This thing that has been going on in Ferguson, Mo., has been on my mind too. – – – I know how it is all going to turn out in the end. – – –

I hope I am wrong but I have seen it all before and I think I can predict that it is going to be just like it was with the Treyvon Martin tragedy – – – there will be a lot of screaming and yelling from the Left about how we need to do something to prevent such tragedies in the future and we are going to hear the screaming from the Right about how “The thugs always get what is coming to them.” – – –

I think we are going to have to go through all this rhetoric from both sides but as time goes by the whole thing will settle down – – – people will return to their lifestyles – – – the media will look for something else to squeeze some sensationalism from – – – Congress will ignore the situation or will make some generic statement about it – – – – it might become a campaign issue for a few opportunists – – – but in the end I don’t think Human Nature is going to change all that much in the foreseeable future and this kind of unfortunate thing will undoubtedly be repeated somewhere down the road.  I hope this is not the case and I wish this were not the case but we have been through these things before, haven’t we – – – and when you really think about it – – – is there anything all that much different this time around? – – -

Does anybody remember the “Occupy Wall Street” Movement?  – – –

Does anybody remember all the noise and all the rioting and all the rhetoric that went on during those times? – – -

And where is the “Occupy” Movement today? – – – History! – – – Memories! – – –

What was done to address the issues of the “Occupy” people? – – – Nothing as I can recall! – – – Why are we to believe anything will change with the current situation surrounding the events at Ferguson, Mo.?

This then is my test post for the new adventure with the “Bing” search engine. – – – Let’s see if anyone can find this and read it and if you do won’t you please give me a little comment on the post here and let me know how it is all coming through? O.K., folks – – – that should be it for now and if anything else comes up later on I will be back. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

The Amazing GOP Push To Increase Smog Levels In America!

Smog In New York City

Smog In New York City

Before I get going with this post let me offer a definition of “Smog.”

Define “Smog:”


smoke or other atmospheric pollutants combined with fog in an unhealthy or irritating mixture.
So as I read the following article from “The Hill,” I guess I can safely assume the Republican Party has strenuous objections to legislation designed to reduce the amount of smog allowed to float freely over and through our cities ….. and consequently also through the lungs of our citizens as well!
I do not know the justification for the right wing objection to the “Regulations” on smog emissions but I will be willing to bet a dollar to a donut – – – – (Just a bet all in fun, folks; no money involved) – – – that the objections have a dollar sign painted on them somewhere in the Right Wing bag of political tricks ….. whadda ya wanna bet?
Well now that we know what their intentions about smog are . . . . and now that they have gained control of both Houses of Congress again . . . . . . I think I can be safe in predicting that barring some kind of interventionist miracle ….. if the Righties get their way ….. we can look forward to the day in the not too distant future when no one in any of our larger cities will be able to go outside during certain high-pollution days …… days when respirator sales will quadruple ……. days when respiratory illness spike all over the country ….. I imagine there are people reading this blog about now who can think of even worse horrors than I have already described.
Oh yes . . . . a small afterthought here . . . . elections do have consequences.
Good luck with your Right Wing ride, America!  I guess it is what you wanted because it is what you voted for, isn’t it?
Article about Right Wing opposition to smog rules – – – (READ AND BELIEVE.)
Photo Credit(s):  The smog picture above is from Wikimedia Commons. Org and on date of November 26, 2014 which is the date I posted the photo to this blog, it was being offered in the public domain.

So given all the words being spewed on both sides of the issue what exactly are we supposed to believe?

The Democrats are reportedly introducing resolutions into congress to respect all religions and all faiths and especially Islam and their Holy Book, The Quran” …... READ IT HERE …….. while at the same time the United Arab Republics are reportedly condemning the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a terrorist organization ………READ IT HERE ……..and HERE ……..and HERE ……..and HERE …….and HERE ……. and in scores and scads of other places all over the Internet ……. and I am not a student of Islam ….. and I am not a politician ……. and I am not an expert on Human Relations ……. and I am not an expert on Religions …….and I am disturbed and saddened and angered at stories like this one …… RIGHT ABOUT HERE …….. and I am a little bit confused at this point about exactly what I am supposed to believe ….. and I would definitely appreciate it if somebody with some kind of real-world knowledge and some common sense …….( which automatically excludes any right wing radical answers from being sought or accepted here on this blog) ……. would simply come on here and leave comments that would set my mind at ease.

Health care, school shootings, politics and Ebola virus!

I had another right winger gripe at me about a blog post I wrote where I said that Obama Care is working and that the right wing is working hard to find ways to make it look bad in the eyes of the American public. ……. This particular misinformed individual argues that 70% of americans don’t want Obamacare ……. Don’t like Obamacare ……. And that the premiums for Obamacare are prohibitively high …….. but the nationally recognized facts do not support this archaic …… outmoded …….totally false analysis ……… The facts are that because of Obama Care millions more Americans have insurance now than they ever did before ……. Many of them are finding their premiums affordable ……..much of the time because of the available government subsidies to help them afford their premiums ……. And because of some vastly expanded Medicaid programs that help those who have never had insurance get some …….and the newly inspired competition among private insurers caused by the advent of Obamacare is a plus too. …….. But there are rightwads out there who will argue against the program until their dying breath because they simply cannot stand the fact that the program has come to be related to the African American President in The White House ……. Another fact that a lot of them can’t bring themselves to live with.

Another Death In Seattle School Shooting

I read in the newspaper where another teen has died as a result of the school shooting that happened in Seattle, Washington a few weeks ago …… but I do not see anybody petitioning for any legislation to help prevent these tragedies either ……. I imagine America has now gotten past the point of no return on gun violence control legislation ……. I think America has become so desensitized to these horrible occurrences that they are beginning to be seen as commonplace and inevitable now ……. So I think the idea of trying to get any kind of laws to control gun violence is now probably way past possibility here in this country of ours where guns are worshiped almost as much as God Himself……. Particularly among the crazies on the farthest reaches of the extreme right ……. And others who have some kind of over-zealous fascination with the Second Amendment ……. I think there are still a lot of nut cases out there who really believe that the government is going to come around someday and take their precious guns away from them.  This was supposed to be something that Obama was going to do and he has been in office for six years now and nobody has ever gone from door to door collecting guns yet as I can see ……. And there is nothing in the news about any government gun collection and I haven’t seen a word in print asking citizens to turn over their weapons or to sell them to the government or any of that kind  of stuff ……. Have you?  Face it folks …… the government is not going to take your guns away from you no matter what the nutwhacks on the extreme right say about it.

Oh by the way, folks ……. did I mention that there are an average of  9,000 gun-related homicides in The United States every year ……. Did I mention that?

Tea Party Might Be Getting Jitters

I am reading in my newspaper where some people on the far right are expressing serious concerns that the newly elected Republicans might be willing to compromise in negotiations about issues of government and that seems to be a big “No No” with a lot of the righties.  ……. According to the article I read in the newspaper, the really Right Righties ….. the ones farthest to the right ……want the newly elected representatives and senators to be confrontational rather than willing to compromise …… which means to me that we are probably in for a lot more government gridlock as the righties fight among themselves about who is farthest enough to the right and who the Republicans In Name Only are going to be …… and all the other divisive stuff that has kep the right wing governmentally impotent for years now …… and as far as I am concerned ……. Division among the right wingers is probably the best that ever happened and I, for one, hope it continues on up until the elections of 2016. ……I am hearing talk of another government shutdown emerging from some of the reports about what the extremists on the right wing are thinking ……and of course much of their talk is about a full repeal of Obamacare …… something I don’t think is really possible after the Obamacare has proven itself successful and acceptable to both The Supreme Court of The United States and to at least Ten Million citizens who have embraced it as well. ……. This next two years should prove interesting to say the least.

Whatever Happened To Ebola?

Ever notice how the panic over Ebola seems to have vanished from the media lately? ……. Is that supposed to signal that the crisis is over or is it supposed to indicate to me that (A)  The crisis never had any foundation in fact or (B)  Something is brewing that somebody in high places don’t want us to know about?  ……. I am not the sharpest bulb in the socket but I am suspicious of the silence in the media about something that was seemingly so important such a short time ago.

Well I guess that is enough politics for one day, folks …… time to get ready to hit the old sack now…….

Have a wonderful evening.


Science does not always support the idea that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun!

As much as the gun-loving radical right wing crowd might want to believe their own myth-information and as much as they desire to peddle their crap about guns and self-defense to a gullible or naieve population of an ever-more-dangerous world ……There is reliable science to disprove the oft-repeated right wing mantra about the reliability of guns in self-defense situations. …….AND YOU CAN READ ABOUT IT RIGHT HERE.

So tell me one more time what modern contemporary radical American conservatism really is . . .

Outrageous Liberal Pundit

Outrageous Liberal Pundit

My Opinion
by The Outrageous Liberal Pundit

File this under:  “Radical American Conservatism 101″

I believe most of our modern American radical conservatives are people who are totally politically motivated although they sometimes pretend to be motivated only by their self-proclaimed “Christian” family and moral values ……. values that I have discovered are often very vaguely defined or very excessively ……. militant …….obsessively extremely defined depending on the level of paranoid schizophrenia characterizing the wingnut describing himself or herself  ……. as the case may be. ……..

Of course very probably not all of them can be described as paranoid schizophrenic because I fervently believe that some of them can be described simply as ……. nut cases ……. crazies ……. overly enthusiastic psychotic activists. …….and I am willing to give a relative few of them the benefit of the doubt and say that the relative few are simply mis-guided ……. low information-types …… who have been deceived by the subtle nuances of the propaganda experts that bombard them 24-hours-a-day with an endless stream of mind-controlling propaganda designed for the express purpose of baffling those who cannot necessarily be blinded with brilliance. ……

I am firmly convinced from what I have seen and heard of them and their political idiot-ology that most of them absolutely hate ……. despise ……detest …….fear …… anything that could define or represent any degree of change or progress for Humanity and that they prefer …… above all things ……. to make sure everything remains exactly the same as it has always been and as it is at the present moment ……. or that everything possible is regressed to a time long ago …… way back in History ……back to the simplest and most primitive concepts imaginable …….

I have no problem believing that most contemporary radical conservative types are well-entrenched in an immovable homophobia ……. detest for the Federal Government …….extreme disenchantment with the idea of an African American in The White House ……and anything but a love for anything anywhere near to being Liberal. …….

I guess that kind of sums up my opinion about what a modern-day American radical conservative is …… but I am also sure that once some of the Righties read this they will start to gnash their teeth and rend their garments and answer my arguments with a hefty barrage of nasty names and insinuations ……. because I think the name calling and insinuation is what most radical conservatives do best when somebody confronts them ……. I don’t think they have well-developed debating skills but I do know from experience that most of the ones I have known have been absolutely expert at rebutting every argument with a barrage of the nastiest possible vitriol ….. slurs ……slanders …… defamatory accusation at their disposal …… because, my friends …..

I believe that is how that particular lion roars …… as it goes about seeking whom it may devour.

The strange thing is ……. and I have observed this over the years …… the Righties seem to be totally unaware of how they really are and how the rest of civilization perceives them and their political ideals …… worse they seem to be totally unconcerned as well ……

They keep on winning only temporary victories at the polls and then being voted out of office for really extensive periods of time while voters try to repair the damage the failed policies of the Right Wing invariably brings to the nation ……

But one thing seems to be a predictable certainty from my vantage point and that one thing is that the vast majority of the radical rightwads are never short on mouth-power and are never hesitant to attack anything and everybody they disapprove of or that is not a perfect clone of themselves …… and I really don’t think that state of mind is very beneficial for the workings of a government that is supposed to be a two-party system where positive constructive compromise is one of the main elements of success for the governing body. …….

I guess I am a lot clearer now …… after having reflected on all these things that I have been writing about here …… I guess I am a lot clearer now as to why the Righties always seem to be obstructing everything the Progressives want to get done for the voters. …… It’s all about regression with them, isn’t it?

If someone who is reading this disagrees and wants to present evidence to contradict anything I have mentioned here …… and if that evidence is not from a manufactured right wing propaganda source …… then I might be persuaded to consider another viewpoint on these issues …… but I really think the tide of History and the Progression of Human Idealism has ruled out any possibility of an ascendancy of Right Wing ideological projections and even better than that ……. or worse as the case may be …… the whole of the rest of the world is fully aware of the propositions and expositions I have been making with this article I am now writing right here on this blog.

Right wing sees great economic hopes in “Trade Agreements” now awaiting presidential signature

File this one under:  “Positive Wishful Wet Dream Thinking For Conservative Skid Marks”

I have no choice but to agree the “Bill” awaiting the President’s signature would create thousands of new jobs ……. I have no problem believing that at all!

There is what some of the less-knowledgeable of the right wingers think is a “magic bullet” jobs-creating bill awaiting the President’s signature and  those right wingers maintain that  this “Bill” will create a minimum of  250,000 jobs the minute the President signs it ……. the  bill is a trade pact …… agreement …… with Columbia ……. Panama …….. and South Korea. …….. Just what we need …….. another “Trade Agreement” with foreign countries!

My opinion is that if the President signs this “Trade Agreement” it will definitely probably create the 250,000 jobs the right tards are expecting that it will create ……. I believe it will create 250,000 jobs that U.S. Business Firms will open up in or ship to Columbia ……. Panama …….. and South Korea …… and perhaps it will also open up a few temporary jobs here in the United States as well …… temporary jobs tearing down factories and boxing them up for shipment to Columbia ……. Panama ……. and South Korea.

So my advice to American Workers …….  if the President signs this “Trade Agreement” is this: …….. “If you are looking for one of those good old American Jobs you have heard so much about for most of your life you can maybe soon  find them in  Columbia ……. Panama ……. and South Korea.

Can’t argue with the right wing on this one, can we?  The “Bill” would create thousands of new jobs alright  ……. on foreign soil ……. for foreign workers …… at foreign wage scales …… which are so far below our poverty level as to be almost completely out of competition for the title, “Wages.”

Yep! …….. Let’s all vote for those right wing job-creation bills and then let’s all pack up and get ready to move to …… Columbia ……. Panama and South Korea.

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer ….. Oh happy day!