Tuesday, May 22, 2018

This is what corruption looks like

Let's imagine for a moment that President Obama had done this.
A mere 72 hours after the Chinese government agreed to put a half-billion dollars into an Indonesian project that will personally enrich Donald Trump, the president ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone maker.
“President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast,” Trump announced on Twitter Sunday morning. “Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”
Trump did not mention in that tweet or its follow-ups that on Thursday, the developer of a theme park resort outside of Jakarta had signed a deal to receive as much as $500 million in Chinese government loans, as well as another $500 million from Chinese banks, according to Agence France-Presse. Trump’s family business, the Trump Organization, has a deal to license the Trump name to the resort, which includes a golf course and hotels.
Let's just make this clear.

  • Trump calls for a trade war with China and proposes tariffs
  • The US government bans Chinese company ZTE from selling its products in the US because the company was spying on Americans.
  • China loans up to $500 million to a Trump-related business.
  • Trump instructs the Commerce Dept. to give ZTE a break because of "jobs in China."

Yeah. But it's okay for him to accept payoffs from foreign powers because he's the President, right?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Home town stupid

This week, Trump and Pence held a political rally in my hometown, Elkhart, Indiana.

Elkhart, a manufacturing center for the recreational vehicle industry, was hit hard by the great recession. President Obama made Elkhart an example of how his policies could help the economic recovery. He visited the town four times during his administration and steered stimulus money directly to Elkhart. Did it work?

That's the unemployment rate in Elkhart. It hit a high of 20% at the height of the recession and during the Obama years steadily fell to less than 3% at the end of the Obama Administration.

Thanks, Obama.

Elkhart was also lifted out of the recession by a large wave of Mexican immigrants who came to town because of the manufacturing capacity. These immigrants became part of the community and brought millions of dollars with them.

And yet, most of the population supports President Trump, who has attacked the very immigrants who helped Elkhart and is sabotaging the healthcare on which many residents depend. Republicans' only legislative achievement, the tax cut for the rich, won't help Elkhart one bit. Trump also pushes policies that hurt working men and women and will start reversing those unemployment numbers.

The ingratitude is galling to me and the lack of perspective frustrating. Democratic policies helped the town recover and they've turned their backs to support a guy who doesn't give a damn about them and is actively attacking their neighbors.

Then there's this.

Yes, I remember how Republicans separated the President's personal life and his job during Democratic administrations. They completely ignored Clinton's consensual affair with a non-porn star. They did such a good job they even ignored fictional issues with the President's personal life, like, say, whether or not he was born in the United States.

The hypocrisy is stunning, but not surprising.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Obama didn't free the Iranian hostages, either

Good news this week as North Korea freed three imprisoned Americans in anticipation of the Trump/Kim meeting scheduled for June. As usual, for our Pr*sident, it was all about him.

Because if he can't compare himself to Obama, then what's the point?

But here's the thing.

The "past" Administration couldn't have been asking for the return of the three hostages because two of them had been imprisoned since Trump became President. Yes, he couldn't even tell the truth about something that was positive without wrongly slamming President Obama.

What's more, during the Obama Administration, eleven Americans were released from North Korea. But President Obama didn't have TV events to publicize it. Why? Because past Presidents have felt that subjecting newly freed prisoners to public scrutiny could be traumatic.

But Trump doesn't care about them, it's all about him. He had a three AM tarmac meeting to greet them, of course with the cameras rolling. Because without the cameras, there's no point.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

This is going to cost us

The Pr*sident of the United States made the world a much more dangerous and unpredictable place today. By pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement, he not only put Iran back on track to a nuclear weapon, but he demonstrated that the U.S. won't stand up to its obligations or stand by its allies.

Let's review, shall we.

The agreement with Iran took about a decade to negotiate. Signing parties were Iran, the U.S., France, Great Britain, Germany, Russia and China.

As part of the agreement, Iran agreed to stop processing uranium for the development of nuclear weapons and agreed to a strict inspection regime to enforce that agreement.

According to the U.N. inspectors, our allies in Europe, and the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Iran has been in compliance with the agreement.

Under the agreement, Iran couldn't start back on the road to a nuclear weapon until 2030 at the earliest.

What Iran got was a return of about $2 billion that we froze decades ago (their own money), a loosening of sanctions, and a chance to normalize relations with the West. This was an unequivocally good thing.

But Trump threw all of that away for no reason other than he hates Obama. It's clear that he doesn't understand the agreement or what it means. All he knows is that he had a chance to dismantle something President Obama did. In his speech today announcing his decision, he gave no actual information on why this is a good idea or cited any facts that support pulling us out.

This decision greatly increased the possibility of us going to war in the Middle East. Again.

This will also affect the economy as it will likely drive gas prices up and new sanctions will disrupt the world economy.

Certification of the Iran agreement is one of the most important thing the U.S. President has to do, and we left the decision to a thin-skinned, ignorant, unfaithful, narcissistic, likely criminal, bully who doesn't have any idea what he's doing.

We are really stupid.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Chief of Staff honors women

Trump's Chief of Staff, General John Kelly, is supposed to be the adult in the White House.
The White House spokespeople said they haven't seen Kelly have a negative effect on the morale of women staffers. If anything, they said during meetings Kelly is the "bigger gentleman" who steps in when aides use foul language to note "a lady is present" and similarly says he shouldn't use foul language in front of a lady if he's used an expletive. The spokespeople, who would not speak for the record, said it's possible Kelly may have said women are more emotional than men, with one of them agreeing that "generally speaking, women are more emotional than men.” Link


Fuck that noise.

Being the "bigger gentleman" by treating women like they're delicate flowers removes them from important deliberative and decision-making opportunities. Putting women on a pedestal neither honors nor dignifies women, it isolates them and perpetuates the same paternalistic attitudes that keep women from leadership positions and true equality. It's patronizing, outdated, stupid and useless. I don't care if Kelly is an old guy who pines for the "good old days". It's the 21st century, grow the hell up.

And I won't even go into the obvious idiocy of "women are more emotional than men."

Seriously, fuck that noise.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The Tweet speaks for itself

I'm sorry, farmers, but this is what you deserve if you voted for him

I have to admit, this news is bad, but I'm feeling a little schadenfreude for those dumbasses in red farm states who voted for the orange moron.
The world’s biggest oilseed processor just confirmed one of the soybean market’s biggest fears: China has essentially stopped buying U.S. supplies amid the brewing trade war.
“Whatever they’re buying is non-U.S.,” Bunge Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Soren Schroder said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “They’re buying beans in Canada, in Brazil, mostly Brazil, but very deliberately not buying anything from the U.S.” […]
It’s “very clear” that the trade tensions have already stopped China from buying U.S. supplies, Schroder said. “How long that will last, who knows? But so long as there is this big cloud of uncertainty, that’s likely to continue.”
The Chinese are kicking our asses in Trump's stupid trade war because we need them more than they need us.
By the middle of April, China had cancelled a net 62,690 metric tons of soybean purchases according to USDA data for the current market year, which ends August 31. Our loss will apparently be Brazil's gain, "as it sells 73.1 million tons abroad versus 56.2 million from the U.S., the USDA estimates." China is the second largest market for agricultural exports from the U.S., with soybeans being one of the top products.  Link
Gee, who would have thought?

Note to farmers: Trump is NOT a good business man and doesn't understand basic economics. Get that through your heads.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Today in DUH.

Do you remember that crazy letter written by Trump's doctor before the election that said Trump's test results were "astonishingly excellent" and that his physical strength and stamina "are extraordinary" and that if Trump was elected he would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the Presidency?"

Yeah, that doctor totally didn't write that letter.
"He [Trump] dictated that whole letter. I didn't write that letter," Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. "I just made it up as I went along." [...]
He said Trump read out the language as Bornstein and his wife were driving across Central Park.
"(Trump) dictated the letter and I would tell him what he couldn't put in there," he said. "They came to pick up their letter at 4 o'clock or something."  Link

No word on why this goofball would risk his personal and professional reputation to lie for a jackass who was clearly none of the superlatives above. I'm guessing he was paid a lot. Well, at least promised to be paid.

No word on when former White House doctor and former nominee to head the Veterans Administration, Ronny Jackson, will admit to lying earlier this year after Trump's physical.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War - No Spoilers

I saw it twice over the weekend. What did I think?

I thought it was amazing. The movie features around 20 superheroes and managed to balance them all pretty well. Some have complained about the lack of character arcs, but a few characters do have arcs, and those who don't have been well established over multiple movies. They don't need arcs because we know who they are and how they got here. So this is definitely a movie for people who have followed the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They also don't take a lot of time setting things up; they just launch into the action. For a two hour and forty minute movie, I thought it was incredibly well paced. I really didn't want it to end.

As has become standard for Marvel movies, there's a lot of humor, which is important to balance out  the universe-level stakes. Combining the various groups (Avengers, Guardians, outliers) was just fun.

And finally, there are quite a few surprises. The audience I saw it with on Thursday gasped, and screamed, and shouted. I had the kind of theater experience that rarely happens and which I treasure when it does.

Ben is still away at college so I texted him after he saw it and his reaction was "It was a lot to process." He's absolutely right and I am really enjoying processing it.

I can't wait to see it again.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Guns and violence

Public policy should be informed by information, research and science to come up with the most effective solutions to our problems. Obviously, there are Constitutional considerations for all policy, but without information and reason, we'll never have effective laws.
In 1997, researchers John Lott and David Mustard asserted that more guns meant less crime; it was an influential argument that likely contributed to states passing right-to-carry laws. Ever since, there’s been a debate over the effects of this legislation on violent crime.
But with an updated paper by legal scholars John Donohue and Abhay Aneja and economist Kyle Weber, there’s a new consensus: Right-to-carry laws actually increase the rate of violent crime. Ten years after a state passes a right-to-carry law, violent crime—which includes murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault—will be 13 to 15 percent higher than if the state had done nothing.  (emphasis added) Link
Regardless of your political position on gun control, it's important to know the facts. And the fact seems to be that right-to-carry laws INCREASE violent crime. Once we have that fact, solutions start to suggest themselves.

If only America was lead with facts and reason.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Don't forget, Republicans are the pro-veterans party (sarcasm)

If you've been watching the unfolding drama of Trump's choice to head the Veteran's Administration, the second largest government agency, you know that there's a lot going on.

Trump's choice, Ronny Jackson, physician to the President, in addition to having no management experience, is accused of:
Writing himself prescriptions.
Not properly documenting pharmaceuticals.
Frequently being drunk while on duty.
Being abusive to underlings.
Handing out pharmaceuticals like candy.
And wrecking a government vehicle while drunk.
He was described as "the most unethical person I have ever worked with,” “toxic,” “abusive” and “incapable of not losing his temper.”  Link
He also said that Trump was not obese and in great health. ::rolleyes::

But the big takeaway from the story isn't that Ronny Jackson is completely unqualified and unsuited for the job.

The big takeaway is that he is the guy that Trump chose to take care of veterans in America.

It seems like when it came time to pick the Cabinet Secretary in charge of the care of military veterans, Trump looked around and picked the first "medical" guy he saw. Jackson doesn't seem to have been vetted at all by the White House. This is at a time of unprecedented challenges at the VA due to the huge number of veterans who need medical help after 17 years of war.

And THAT'S how much REPUBLICAN President, Donald Trump, cares about veterans.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The World in Music

This is fun.

Infinity War

Ten years ago, the movie Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since then, the MCU has become the best franchise in modern movie history, better than Star Wars and Star Trek in terms of quality films. There are a couple of movies in the series that are merely decent, most are good to great, and some are amazing.

This week, the culmination of those ten years, Avengers: Infinity War, premiers and I couldn't be more excited to see it. I've avoided most spoilers, so I'm going in as clean as I can.

Early word is that Infinity War is really good, which should not be a surprise after Spiderman Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther.

I can't wait!

Sunday, April 15, 2018


I honestly don't know if our bombing the Syrian chemical factories and storage facilities was a good idea. It's a complicated situation and while this may (or may not) discourage Syria from using chemical weapons again, it's not a fix for the terrible situation in Syria.

What I do know is this:

Ordering up a bunch of cruise missile attacks does NOT make one Presidential.

Saying "Mission Accomplished" is a stupid thing to do, especially when it's too early to know if the mission is acomplished. Remember this? Sheesh.

We don't have any strategy BEYOND this one action.

This is NOT OVER.

Also, this makes me sad:
"I just want to tell Mr. Trump directly: I'm a Syrian refugee who survived chemical weapons attacks, who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government," Eid said. "I would love to, like, buy you a beer, and just sit in front of you and tell you how bad it is in Syria."
Eid also said he would tell Trump, that he "proved once again, yesterday, that you have a big heart. At least a lot more bigger than Obama because you actually tried to do something. We need real, long-term commitment to bring peace to Syria." Link

If you think Trump has a "real, long-term commitment to bring peace to Syria," you are sadly, horrifically mistaken. This was almost literally the least action Trump could take and he's thinking that he won and it's over. And Obama went to Congress in 2013 to ask for authorization to use force in Syria (as obligated by the Constitution) and was denied out of spite. And then Republicans blamed him for not taking action.

Also, this:

Yes, Trump really loves Syrians and clearly has the biggest heart ever.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Get to Know Me! Earliest memories

After I was born, I lived in a little house on Stevens Avenue in Elkhart, Indiana. I think my parents were renting it, but I don't know for sure. When we left, it was to live with relatives temporarily while my parents had a new house built in another part of town.

I have three memories from that house, although they may be manufactured from stories I was told about my childhood. I lived in that house until I was three, I think.

(I'm pretty sure my Mom will correct me on this and, if so, I'll edit this entry.)

Here's the house today, by the way (from Google Street View).

The earliest memory I have is walking into my parents room at night with my beloved teddy bear, Teddy. (I was really good at naming things.) I had pulled one of its eyes out and showed them, which sounds pretty gruesome now that I think about it. For the rest of the years I owned him (until my Dad made my Mom throw him out) he had only one eye. I loved that bear.

The second memory I have is a drum set I had in my closet. I remember pounding on the drums so hard that I put a drumstick through one of them.

I guess I was a pretty destructive kid.

The final memory I have is coming down some stairs in my pajamas while my parents and some friends were watching TV. I've always thought it was at the neighbor's house who lived behind us, but I don't think that's right; it was likely our house. This would have been around 1967, so I like to think they were watching Star Trek, but that's also pretty far-fetched.

I do know that I had a beloved Batman costume as I have a picture of myself sitting on that porch wearing it. But I don't remember that.

As I said, they all may be false memories, but they're in my mind, so they may as well be real.

Edited to add: My Mom says they owned the house, buying it for $10,000.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Do you kiss Trump's ass with that mouth?

Wow. This is from a REPUBLICAN Congressman talking to conservative blogger Eric Erickson.  Link

"I read you writing about this, about wanting to say nice things when you can and criticize when you need to. He may be an idiot, but he's still the President and leader of my party and he is capable of doing some things right," he says before conceding it's usually other people doing the right things in the President's name. "But dammit he's taking us all down with him. We are well and truly f**ked in November. Kevin [McCarthy] is already circling like a green fly circling sh*t trying to take Paul's [Ryan] job because nobody thinks he's sticking around for Nancy [Pelosi]. She's going to f**k up the cafeteria again too. [Lord's name in vain], at least I'll probably lose too and won't have to put up with that sh*t." He won't lose. His district is very Republican.
"It's like Forrest Gump won the presidency, but an evil, really f*cking stupid Forrest Gump. He can't help himself. He's just a f**king idiot who thinks he's winning when people are b*tching about him. He really does see the world as ratings and attention. I hate Forrest Gump. I listen to your podcast and heard you hate it too. What an overrated piece of sh*t movie. Can you believe it beat the Shawshank Redemption?"
"I say a lot of shit on TV defending him, even over this. But honestly, I wish the motherf*cker would just go away. We're going to lose the House, lose the Senate, and lose a bunch of states because of him. All his supporters will blame us for what we have or have not done, but he hasn't led. He wakes up in the morning, sh*ts all over Twitter, sh*ts all over us, sh*ts all over his staff, then hits golf balls. F*ck him. Of course, I can't say that in public or I'd get run out of town."
"Judiciary is stacked with a bunch of people who can win re-election so long as they don't piss off Trump voters in the primary. But if we get to summer and most of the primaries are over, they just might pull the trigger if the President fires Mueller. The sh*t will hit the fan if that happens and I'd vote to impeach him myself. Most of us would, I think. Hell, all the Democrats would and you only need a majority in the House. If we're going to lose because of him, we might as well impeach the motherf**ker. 

Of course, it's too much for this anonymous Republican to actually put country before party and stand up to Trump. Because Republicans are all Trump now.

Still.  Ouch.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

It's time for Scott Pruitt to go

To be fair, it was never time for Scott Pruitt to come.

Scott Pruitt is the current "head" of the EPA, one of the worst of Trump's cabinet members (that's saying something), and one of the many trying to destroy his own agency. Pruitt is in a league of his own, however, for paranoia and corruption.

Keep in mind the list of Trump administration members who have quit or been fired for far less serious (but still serious) malfeasance.
David Shulkin - Veterans Administration
H.R. McMaster - National Security Adviser
Rex Tillerson - Secretary of State
Gary Cohn - Director of the National Economic Council and chief economic adviser
Tom Price - Secretary of Health and Human Services
Reince Priebus - WH Chief of Staff
Mike Flynn - National Security Adviser
This is just a partial list. And all left under a cloud.

So what's Scott Pruitt done?

Again, this is a partial list. 
Pruitt spent more than six months living in the townhouse of a fossil fuels lobbyist, getting complete run of a swanky townhouse for himself and guests for $50 a night — a fraction of the real value. And he didn’t even pay for the room when he was out of town.
The lobbyist who owned the townhouse had a client with a oil pipeline that needed EPA approval. Pruitt told the State Department the EPA had no issues — even though the pipeline had already generated the most damaging spill since BP’s Deepwater Horizon.
The townhouse wasn’t just a place where Pruitt could hobnob with lobbyists without it appearing on his calendar, it was also a place where lobbyists could host fundraisers for GOP congressmen. Pruitt won’t admit to being there … but he was there. That is on his calendar.
Pruitt gave enormous raises to his favorite aides — raises that violate federal law. He even gave out a raise as a favor to an EPA official who took time away from official duties to help Pruitt locate a cheap place to live.
Pruitt took his top aides on a four-day vacation to Morocco, during which Pruitt made a speech promoting fracking for natural gas. Neither the trip nor Pruitt’s speech had anything to do with the mission of the EPA.
Pruitt spent $120,000 on a single trip to Rome that included a private tour of the Vatican. More than $30,000 of that was flying around Pruitt’s private security detail. That’s on top of $36,000 Pruitt spent commandeering a military aircraft simply to take him to the New York airport to catch his Italy flight.
Pruitt had a sound-proof booth constructed in his office at a cost of $25,000 — even though there was already a sound-proof booth in the EPA building.
Pruitt was so convinced that someone was tapping his phone lines, that he frequently leaves his office and takes over the phone of another EPA staffer to throw whoever he believes is listening in off the scent. He has also had his office swept for listening devices. Twice. They found nothing.
Pruitt mandates that not only can no one bring a phone or other device to meetings, no one is allowed to take notes at meetings. Because that way, no one can prove what was said.
Link to Daily Kos. There are a bunch more.

People have been forced out of this Administration (again, rightly so) for far less.


And serendipitously, it will stop this bastard from trashing the environment. Because he's a terrible asshole who is wholly owned by oil and gas interests.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018


This is brilliant. And true. And completely relevant. And you should click through and read the whole thing.

(Mom instructions: Click on the big black box to go to a new web page. Once it loads, scroll down the page to read. You're welcome.)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Please note that I DIDN'T do a basketball bracket

I'm told everyone is doing it, so here's my bracket.

(click to embiggen)

And some comments.

The only movie in the bracket that I haven't seen is The Princess and the Frog, so there's that. But I doubt it would have beaten Lilo and Stitch in any event.

There are two omissions on the Disney side that really hurt their chances in this tournament. The first is the glaring, ridiculous, what-were-they-thinking, omission of Wreck it Ralph. Put that in place of Nightmare Before Christmas or really, several other really good but not my favorite movies, and it would have gone to the final. The other omission is Meet the Robinsons which I love and would have done well.

The Pixar side is rife with structural problems. First, and biggest, is The Incredibles against Wall-E, which knocks what would have been at least a semi-finalist out in the first round. Then I had the impossible choice of Ratatouille versus Inside Out. I settled on Ratatouille because it's not only a great movie but a visual and artistic masterpiece. Inside Out is slightly less so.

And in the end, as much as I loved Moana, this wasn't close. Nothing beats The Incredibles.

Please feel free to opine in the comments.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Every American should be ashamed of this.
A US Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan says he didn't realize he'd been deported to Mexico until it was too late to turn back.
Speaking from Tijuana Monday, Miguel Perez told reporters that he's feeling well physically, but is "very confused."
Perez was escorted across the US-Mexico border from Texas and handed over to Mexican authorities Friday, ICE said in a statement. Perez says a truck took him to an airport in Indiana. He was then flown to Brownsville, Texas, ICE said.
When he got off the plane, Perez said he arrived at a "place that looked like an office."
"I did not know it was already the bridge to enter the other side," he said, adding that he walked through a door that closed quickly behind him. "When I went back they told me everything is over."
"Although I am free, there is not much joy in being free," Perez, 39, said.
Perez had been in the agency's custody since 2016.  Link

Conservatives love to say that we're being hysterical when we compare certain actions of this Administration to the Nazis. But if you're going to do things the Nazis did, then you deserve the label.
The [World War I] veterans who remained in Germany, also initially released after arrests during the Kristallnacht, received no special treatment after this, being deported to concentration camps and murdered like other Jewish German citizens. The Nazis attempted to eradicate all evidence of Jewish soldiers fighting for Germany in World War I.  Link
Serve your country faithfully, get deported. Is America great yet?


Friday, March 23, 2018

Go get 'em kids

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fantastic Voyage - New Discovery!

Over the past week, FXMHD has been showing one of my favorite classic science fiction movies, Fantastic Voyage. Produced in 1966, Fantastic Voyage is the story of a team of military officers and doctors, miniaturized to bacterial size in a submarine and injected into a wounded scientist in order to remove a blood clot in his brain from the inside. It's famous because the special effects were really great for the time and it features the screen premier of Raquel Welch. Since then, it's been parodied a bunch of times, including by The Simpsons and Archer.

I hadn't seen the movie in a while when I watched it on Saturday night and there were quite a few things that amused me.

When Raquel is introduced as the main surgeon's assistant, the hero makes a couple of sexist remarks about her looks and the Colonel in command forbids her from the sub because "This mission is no place for a woman!" But once the surgeon insists (good for him!), she's brought aboard and for the rest of the movie treated like a professional.

The main surgeon, Dr. Duval, and Donald Pleasence (he has a character name, but come on), the doctor in charge of the mission, get into some philosophizing on the sub as they view the human body from the inside. When Duval calls the oxygenation of blood "a miracle" and Pleasence raises evolution, we discover that the "best brain surgeon in the world" is a creationist! And, of course, Pleasence's character comes across as an atheist. Guess who's the surprise traitor trying to wreck the mission!

Later in the movie, the commanding general finds an ant in the control room and they make a point of how his perspective has changed; he just can't squish it. My concern was more that there are ants in their sterile, surgical control room. The general, who's drinking coffee throughout the mission, also has a half dozen setups in the movie where you expect him to say, "Looks like I picked the wrong day to give up [controlled substance]." It's possible Airplane got the Lloyd Bridges scenes from this movie.

And finally, there's this. I caught the movie again today and recorded a specific section. This scene has the brass checking in with various doctors monitoring the patient.

To prep this clip, below is the cast list. Doctor Sawyer, in charge of hypothermia, is NOT credited and I can find nothing on the Internet identifying him.
Now watch the clip and identify the uncredited Doctor Sawyer on the monitor.

Any ideas?

I am 99% sure that's James Doohan, Scotty from Star Trek. I can't find any evidence that it's him other than how he looks and, more tellingly, how he sounds. There's also no evidence of whom it might be if it's not Doohan. I think it's him and it's kind of shocking this major science fiction connection has never been made.

Unless someone identifies him as someone else, I claim credit for this discovery.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The flaw in their plan was they forgot that he can't read

Note to dumbass:

When a dictator who has stifled his country's press, jailed his political rivals, destroyed the independence of the courts, and assassinated his opponents, wins a rigged election . . .


According to a White House statement, “President Trump congratulated President Putin on his March 18 re-election, and emphasized the importance of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders confirmed the need for the United States and Russia to continue our shared efforts on strategic stability.”
Well, maybe he didn't know.

Shortly after the absolutely unsurprising re-election of Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump was given explicit instructions in his daily briefing materials to avoid congratulating his counterpart.
But despite the all-caps notation reading “DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” Trump did so anyway, according to a report Tuesday by The Washington Post.

My apologies to Beavis and Butt-Head for dragging them into this shitshow.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Change will happen

While the past year hasn't had too many moments to be proud of as an American, yesterday was full of them, as thousands of American kids walked out of their schools to protest our easy access to guns. People who want to criticize young people for being disengaged and uncaring can shut it.

Rarely have I been this proud to be an American. And hopeful.

And this was just wonderful:


Click through to watch the video.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Swamp drained!

I'm a federal worker. I have to abide by very strict ethical guidelines, especially in regards to outside employment. That's the main reason this is an anonymous blog. I don't want anyone assuming that I'm representing my agency, because I am not.

For others, who more recently joined the government, those pesky ethics rules don't seem to be much of an obstacle.
Here’s what we found: At least 187 Trump political appointees have been federal lobbyists, and despite President Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp,” many are now overseeing the industries they once lobbied on behalf of. We’ve also discovered ethics waivers that allow Trump staffers to work on subjects in which they have financial conflicts of interest.
We also found — for the first time — dozens of special-government employees, or SGEs, who work as paid consultants or experts for federal agencies while keeping their day jobs in the private sector. This rare government gig allows them to legally work for both industry and the Trump administration at the same time. 
This is what corruption looks like.