OPINIONS ARE LIKE…………………………..

A– HOLES

Johann Wagener 7-30-13

 

Everybody has one. And, when it comes to cable “news” (I use the word loosely) it’s a tsunami of BS that is constantly flowing over the airwaves; 24/7 of non-stop vomiting of trivia referred to as opinions coming from people referred to as “consultants” for who-ever -what-ever network will have them.

 

A– HOLES
Johann Wagener 7-30-13

Everybody has one. And, when it comes to cable “news” (I use the word loosely) it’s a tsunami of BS that is constantly flowing over the airwaves; 24/7 of non-stop vomiting of trivia referred to as opinions coming from people referred to as “consultants” for who-ever -what-ever network will have them. 

A simple, insignificant event is transformed into a mega-spectacular. Facts are replaced with flowery rhetoric; much of which is completely out of context. And, all of that is ground up in commercials that flash in and out of the blabber-fests. This is a classic example of why “more is not better.”

Real news, containing actual facts, is limited to a small island of publicly funded programs found only on PBS and sometimes mavericks like the BBC or Aljezeera. 

 

Here’s an example:

 http://www.salon.com/2013/07/30/10_worst_fox_news_interviews_of_the_decade/

If a single move could restore civility to politics, that is it. Get rid of the left-vs.-right commentators who are just out scoring points for their team. This sort of opinion-mongering is not only boring and predictable, it is destructive of the truth. If your only credentials are “GOP shill” or “Democratic hack,” you’ve no business cluttering up the airwaves or the op-ed pages. My momma always told me that if you don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s best to keep your mouth shut. That’s good advice.

 

A simple, insignificant event is transformed into a mega-spectacular. Facts are replaced with flowery rhetoric; much of which is completely out of context. And, all of that is ground up in commercials that flash in and out of the blabber-fests. This is a classic example of why “more is not better.”

 

Real news, containing actual facts, is limited to a small island of publicly funded programs found only on PBS and sometimes mavericks like the BBC or Aljezeera.

 

Spring cleaning — 12 things the world should toss out (washingtonpost.com)

 

If a single move could restore civility to politics, that is it. Get rid of the left-vs.-right commentators who are just out scoring points for their team. This sort of opinion-mongering is not only boring and predictable, it is destructive of the truth. If your only credentials are “GOP shill” or “Democratic hack,” you’ve no business cluttering up the airwaves or the op-ed pages. My momma always told me that if you don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s best to keep your mouth shut. That’s good advice.

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PROFILING POLITICIANS

POLITICAL MENTAL HEALTH

Johann Wagener 7-26-13

 

As an old saying goes; The only honest, mentally healthy politician is a dead politician, or something to that effect. Being a politician requires a penchant for being off the charts on psych exams in certain personality traits. First and foremost you must be suffering from “narcissistic personality disorder” followed by a high score on the “sociopath behavior” scale.

 

How else could you look at someone straight in the eyes and swear that; “I’m not a crook”, or “I did not have sex with that woman” to use a few memorable quotes as an example. Most politicians today are bought and paid for with bribes from special interest groups (better known as the 1%) but get away with it because they call it “lobbying.” They refer to pandering as servicing their constituents.

 

Yet, we act surprised when a few get caught misbehaving as if it’s unusual or extraordinary behavior? Surprise! That’s how sociopaths behave. Nothing new here.

 

Worse yet; and much more dangerous, is how they (the other smarter politicians) throw a few of their own to the crowd to distract us from what is really going on in the halls of Congress. That’s where the really sick one’s do their best work while we “ooooh” and “aaaah” about some clown flash his junk on the internet or having a little r&r with a well paid (and consenting) hooker. You got to hand it to these politicians. They are good at what they do. The stupid one’s here are us.

 

It’s Not the Sex, It’s the Stupidity

 

Forget the disgusting character of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s sexting. Ignore the maddening hypocrisies attending New York City comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer’s “Client 9” moniker. Dismiss the arrogance revealed in San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s alleged sexual harassment.

 

Clearly, these men seem to have behaved deplorably – possibly even criminally. It’s perfectly fine to be angry, repulsed, and even transfixed by these outrageous scandals. Public servants are not supposed to do these types of things.

 

And while the media are not wrong for focusing on the shock-value side of these elected officials’ transgressions, the most relevant question to the public tends not to get answered: are these politicians just too dumb to be good at their jobs?

CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE

PA-LEEZE!

Johann Wagener 7-26-13

 

Are they kidding? No! This is not the Mad Hatters Tea Party out of Alice In Wonderland, or a scene from the movie, “Idiocracy”, but straight from DOJ, the nations law keeper. A corporation (which is nothing more than a notarized bunch of paper) has been indicted and pleaded guilty to committing a crime! Furthermore they are going to pay a fine and be put on “probation” How’s that for doling out justice? I was hoping that Halliburton would get some jail time, but they couldn’t find an orange jump suit or prison big enough to hold them; I guessing here, but it’s less scary than thinking about the crazies running our government.

 

Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill

 

 

Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destruction of critical evidence after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.

 

The oil services company said it would pay the maximum allowable fine of $200,000 and will be subject to three years of probation. It will also continue its cooperation in the government’s criminal investigation. Separately, Halliburton made a voluntary contribution of $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

 

The Justice Department filed one criminal charge against the company. In a statement, Halliburton said that the violation was a misdemeanor associated with the deletion of records created after the accident. Additionally, the company said, “The Department of Justice has agreed that it will not pursue further criminal prosecution of the company.”

FRANCIS POINTS THE FINGER

AT THE RICH

Johann Wagener 7-26-13

 

And hit a wall. The one the rich hide behind so they can’t be singled out and held accountable for their sinful-irresponsible behavior. Are they listening? Highly doubtful since they spend most of their time franticly looking for ways to hoard the wealth they worship so faithfully.

 

It’s not hard to understand why Pope Francis is speaking out. All one needs to do is visit the slums of Brazil and it’s plain as day. What is even more ironic is that Francis made his speech from one of the most famous hang-outs of the rich.

 

“Everything that is shared is multiplied,” the pope said. “Only when we are able to share do we become truly rich. The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.”

 

Crowd of up to a million cheers Pope on Brazil’s Copacabana beach | Reuters

 

During a visit to a Rio slum on Thursday morning, the first Latin American pope called for a “culture of solidarity” to replace the “selfishness and individualism” in modern society.

 

“No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world,” he told residents of Manguinhos, a sprawling shantytown, or favela, of ramshackle brick dwellings that until recently was overrun by violence and controlled by drug lords.

ROYAL GRIDLOCK

THE ROYAL UNEMPLOYMENT LINE
Johann Wagener 7-22-13

 

Is getting longer. Charles is in his 60’s and still hasn’t had the job. Now comes one more royal who will spend his time parading around the world waiting for a family member to “pass” and hoping it’s sooner than later. In the meantime the Brits will go on carrying the tab and doing without in order to keep a fairy tale alive. 

 

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CRONY CAPITALISM

CAPITALISM SUCKS!
Johann Wagener 7-15-13

At least the way it’s practiced in the USA. Why? Because a very small but powerful group of individuals have been able to immunize themselves from playing by the rules by buying off the politicians that pander to them. What made it worse is when the US Supreme Court sanctioned this kind of behavior by anointing corporate entities with personhood. 

We the people put the cherry on top of it by acquiescing to the line of BS they fed us about being “too big” to fail or jail, and went ahead with bailing them out on our dime. 

This is what we got for our money. 

The 5 Biggest Obscenities of Capitalism Today

Committed capitalists fail to recognize that individual success is a result of collaborative effort.

ROTTEN APPLES

CAVEAT EMPTOR
Johann Wagener 7-13-13

There’s nothing more disgusting than to learn that some of the largest, wealthiest, and powerful companies are the biggest offenders when it comes to ripping off the public. When it comes to making money it supersedes everything else; laws, fairness, honesty, integrity, and just plain ethics. Left to their own devices these greed addicts will suck the lifeblood out of anyone that get in their sights. 

Apple loses eBook price fixing lawsuit: Court finds tech giant conspired with publishers

Overnight, US District Judge Denise Cote found there was “compelling evidence” Apple violated antitrust law as a result, and played a “central role” in the plan to essentially erase retail price competition.

“Apple chose to join forces with the publisher defendants to raise eBook prices and equipped them with the means to do so,” Cote found in her decision. “Without Apple’s orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did.”