A Great Example of the Generational Gap


So there’s this Class One douchebag named Andrew Thomas who is running for governor here in Arizona. Here’s his campaign ad.

He’ll stand up to the gay lobby! Because they want equality, and that’s fucking unreasonable! And those dammed liberal judges who did things like…well, there aren’t examples, but you know how they are! But the real threat to our state are those dirty, horrible Mexicans! Coming up here and going on welfare and taking our jobs! Bastards! The real bliss of this ad comes with the incredibly racist map of Arizona with the Mexican flag superimposed over it and the big NO symbol over that. Just in case you didn’t get the hint.

So basically what I get from this man’s ad is that he’s a racist, homophobic, bigot. I also notice that in that little group of people he’s got around him at about the 10 second mark, there isn’t one non-white person. Whoever is creating these ads is a clueless buffoon for letting that happen.

But the real problem with this ad is that it shows how incredibly out of touch and tone deaf the modern Republican party has become. Very, very few people under the age of 30 would be likely to vote for this man, and pretty much no one who is Hispanic is going to. I’d hope no gays would, either. So basically he’s going out of his way to piss off and alienate two large and growing demographics, and one group of people that crosses all demographics.

Now I’m sure if he were questioned about this and felt like being honest, Thomas, as well as most other politicians running in primaries, would justify the language by saying, well, you know, it’s a primary, and he has to attract that core of conservative voters. But you know, if your party’s core constituency is made up of people who believe that dirty Mexicans are destroying this country and that gay people are a threat, then you have to ask yourself if your party is really worth supporting, or if it should just be allowed to die.

I suppose it doesn’t really matter much in the end, because at the rate things are going, the Republicans are going to continue to alienate themselves from all the voting demographics that aren’t extremely rich/extremely poor older people, and seniors. And that will be just fine.

Product Review – Samsung Baby Care Washer


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Samsung wants you to believe this is a great device for cleaning baby clothes, most notably dirty cloth diapers. Since I live in the 21st century, I’d buy disposables if I had a kid, but there you go. I can certainly understand why people wouldn’t want to have dirty diapers going in with the rest of their laundry.

For that purpose, I’m sure this device would work very well. It’s quiet, compact, and gets cloth clean with a minimum of fuss. I was able to hook it up to the sink in my kitchen, and after some fiddling around, I had a clothes washer operating! It makes some lovely musical notes when it’s done, too.

So, yes, it works well I’m sure for cleaning baby clothes, but it could be used for so much more, and this is where Samsung is selling the product short.

Got an apartment with a coin-op laundry room and you just need to wash one or two things for work? Use this.

Got an apartment with a washer/dryer hookup, but don’t own either? Use this and hang your clothes out to dry.

RV? It’s small enough to fit inside one.

Tiny house? Great! Tiny washing machine.

Do you even live in a normal place with your own washer and dryer, but a senior with, shall we see, “control” issues also lives with you? Now you can launder their soiled clothes separately.

I’m really baffled as to why Samsung is pushing this just for babies, when it could be easily used for so very much more.

Wherein I Qualify for Food Stamps…Yay?


Yeah, you read that right. I’m now eligible for food stamps. I was on them a couple of times before, during the early and late 1990s. I haven’t used them since about 1997, so this is an annoyance for me that I have to go back to them. I tried to get some years ago when I worked for Circle-K, but I made too much money, and again when I was unemployed in 2011 and 2012. In that case, the fact that I was attending school was a problem.

Well, I still have one (1) class that I need for graduation. Sadly, I have no money for it right now. I am therefore not attending school, and so I applied again, and I got approved. $189 a month. This is great, because what little money I have can now go toward paying my regular bills (which I decreased by $105 this week by dropping my cable service. I’d had it because of a bundle deal for internet), and not having to worry so much about paying for food.

So, yeah, it’s annoying that I have to go back on food stamps, but at least it means that I will save some money I would otherwise have to eat. Hopefully I’ll just find a better job soon and this slide into the lower-class will come to a halt.

American Bases and You!


Here’s a good look at one of the lesser-paid-attention-to parts of our country. Enjoy!

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Yay, Arizona. Woo-hoo. Go, Us. Etc.


So yesterday the people of Arizona took two hours to execute someone. The process began at a bit before 2:00, and didn’t end until about two hours later when the person in question finally died. This was done in the name of everyone who lives in this state, so people like me have blood on our hands. Yay.

This was a case rather similar to that of what happened earlier this year where a man was basically tortured to death by Oklahoma. And just like in that case, it looks like a new set of lethal injection drugs were used to do the grim deed. Of course we don’t know the details of what drugs were used, since the state’s keeping that a secret and, for some bizarre reason, the courts are letting them do so. I believe the logic is that it would embarrass the company that provides the drugs. Well, tough shit. We still need to know what drugs are being used and who is making them.

Beyond that, if you’re the sort of person who reads this story, smirks and says, “Two hours of painful death? Just what he deserved!”, then you’re immoral scum, and I hope you never speak to me or contact me again. Seriously. Unfriend me on Facebook, stop reading my blog, and generally remove yourself form my life. If we’re going to have a death penalty, which I don’t think we should, but if we do, then it needs to be quick, clean and merciful as possible. Anything less not only damages the person being executed, but also frankly taints us all with the stench of evil, and should force us to ask how we’re any different from the person we just murdered.

Hurray for Big Finish!


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That’s generally a good headline, but in this case it’s an especially good one, for fifteen years ago today, Big Finish released “Sirens of Time”, the first Doctor Who audio. Well, their first, anyhow. There were some relatively decent ones made back in the day featuring the Third Doctor, the Fourth Doctor and the Sixth Doctor, but nothing on the level of what Big Finish started. Nothing that was intended to be a true continuation of the series, like this.

As part of their little anniversary celebration, Big Finish have set up a special page showing congratulatory notes from the likes of Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies. That same page includes the happy news that for today only, you can get “Sirens of Time” for $1.00 in download form, and you can get two other audios, plus a behind-the-scenes documentary, for free. Now that’s a good deal!

So head on over to their page and get yourself some audio goodness!

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