Sunday, March 29, 2015

On Top of Old Everest, All Covered in Pooh...

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"On top of old Everest, 
all covered in pooh,
I lost my own Sherpa, 
when he fell into goo...
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On top of old Everest,
I went there to boast,
One wrong step backwards,
My guide? Now he's a ghost "
 (Apologies to Burl Ives, and to the Boy Scouts of America)

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Do you ever want to get away?  You know, do you ever want go somewhere that few others will ever see and experience the majesty which is Gaia, our Mother, our Planet, this planet - Earth???  Well, good for you!!!  I hope you have a great trip, and remember to send me souvenirs because, well, I'm not going with you.  
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I've already been to New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington (D.C.), AND Florida, seriously, how much more of the Earth is left to be seen?  And, listening to all these Global Climate Change folks speak about the impact of MAN on the Earth, I'm thinking that the Earth can't be much larger than the size of Texas, right?  Otherwise, how can we have such a detrimental effect on the planet?  I mean, people are so very small, and Texas is like, um, really freaking HUGE.  Writing about it here, I hereby decree that we are all Texans, and between you and me, I want my hat, boots, and guns.  Please, no horse, as I am more partial to cows.  Thank you.  
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Now, we re-join our post, already in progress...
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An unknown climber relieves himself while admiring Mount Everest
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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world’s highest peak, the chief of Nepal’s mountaineering association said Tuesday.
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The more than 700 climbers and guides who spend nearly two months on Everest’s slopes each climbing season leave large amounts of feces and urine, and the issue has not been addressed, Ang Tshering told reporters. He said Nepal’s government needs to get the climbers to dispose of the waste properly so the mountain remains pristine.
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Hundreds of foreign climbers attempt to scale Everest during Nepal’s mountaineering season, which began this week and runs through May. Last year’s season was canceled after 16 local guides were killed in an avalanche in April.
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Climbers spend weeks acclimatizing around the four camps set up between the base camp at 5,300 meters (17,380 feet) and the 8,850-meter-high (29,035-foot-high) summit. The camps have tents and some essential equipment and supplies, but do not have toilets.
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“Climbers usually dig holes in the snow for their toilet use and leave the human waste there,” Tshering said, adding that the waste has been “piling up” for years around the four camps.
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At the base camp, where there are more porters, cooks and support staff during the climbing season, there are toilet tents with drums to store the waste. Once filled, the drums are carried to a lower area, where the waste is properly disposed.
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Dawa Steven Sherpa, who has been leading Everest cleanup expeditions since 2008, said some climbers carry disposable travel toilet bags to use in the higher camps.
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“It is a health hazard and the issue needs to be addressed,” he said.
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Nepal’s government has not come up with a plan yet to tackle the issue of human waste. But starting this season, officials stationed at the base camp will strictly monitor garbage on the mountain, said Puspa Raj Katuwal, the head of the government’s Mountaineering Department.

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The government imposed new rules last year requiring each climber to bring down to the base camp 8 kilograms (18 pounds) of trash — the amount it estimates a climber discards along the route.
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Two questions at this point:

  1. Shouldn't the government of Nepal require that climbers bring down MORE trash (feel free to use the words 'Poopsicles' and 'Frozen Whiz' here) than they discard along the route?  How else will they be able to reduce the amount of waste resting comfortably in the frozen ravines up there?  If they EXPECT you to generate 18 pounds of waste / trash, you'd better be hauling about 22 pounds back down with you, you know, since you really love the planet / want to experience the grandeur of nature and all...
  2. Why would anyone WANT to go to Mount Everest?  Sure, the photos are PRETTY, but given the option of eating BBQ Beef Brisket while watching a wild West show (since we're all in Texas now) versus getting Freezer Burn on your Winkie while relieving yourself on the side of a frozen mountainside with a -47 degree windchill?  I'm thinking, um, NO.  Sign me up for the BBQ, and now that I live in Texas, I still want my boots, hat, and guns, please...
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Parting thoughts:
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Okay, so you got that?  You rich, private-jet-flying, money-to-burn, and having-not-enough-personal-survival-instinct-to-stay-at-home World-Class travelers planning on going to Mount Everest - you'd better plan on taking your crap with you when you leave.  Both figuratively and literally.  
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And if you're one of those Richest 1% of Vegans who only eat green leafy veggies, sprouts, something called Quinoa, and tree-bark chip bars, you'd better plan on carrying some of your buddy's crap down too, because your 'leavings' are much lighter than the rest of our 'meat-eater' diets are.  And if you DON'T, the government of Nepal is going to fine you for not having enough crap of your own.   
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You want to know who your REAL friends are?  Just ask them to carry your personal 'discharges' in freezing-cold-weakened Ziplock bags down a mountainside in their backpack surrounded by their best Eddie Bauer outerwear.
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Yes, World Traveler, you KNOW who your true friends are...  
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They are the people who tell you to go to TEXAS or FLORIDA on vacation, NOT to travel across the planet to the side of a ice-jacketed mountain of snow and rock littered with the 'droppings' of thousands of other morons who just had to 'go' there because it's 'there'.
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I am your friend.  Listen to ME, and trust only ME.  Now go grab a corned beef sandwich or something substantial and turn off your computer or mobile device, we've got work to do.  I hear John Kerry is negotiating with Iran just in time for Congress to go home for a few weeks, and it looks like we'll have a whole lot of crap to deal with HERE and in Iran for the next few decades.  
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Thanks President Obama, as if there's not enough crap on Everest, we get to carry the 'droppings' of your administration's crap with us forever right here at home - thanks so much for that.      
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I have THIS much of a clue as to what I am doing in these negotiations...

 

 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

John Kerry - The 'Moveable Feast' of Idiocy

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You know, I haven't spent nearly enough time speaking about John Kerry.  Yes, John Forbes Kerry, current Secretary of State, Former Senator from Massachusetts (1985 - 2013) and, the singular reason why I personally have no Heinz products in my home.  
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Can we be honest with each other for a moment?  President Obama putting John Kerry into the National and International spotlight in front of cameras and microphones as Secretary of State is like giving a loaded handgun to a toddler and telling him to 'Have fun' outside - something's going to happen, and most likely it's NOT going to be good.
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I guess that I've purposely shied away from commenting on John Kerry for the same reason that I try not to stare at highway accidents.  I realize that there but for the Grace of God (and my whip-quick reflexes) I am NOT the bloodied guy being cut out of his wrecked car and pulled onto the awaiting stretcher.  John Kerry, in his eternally Botox-altered state IS our National 'accident waiting to happen'.  Simply toss JFK (John Forbes Kerry) into a Congressional Hearing, place him behind a placard with his name on it, fire up the microphone and voila' - Mr. Mustard did it in committee, for no apparent reason, with nothing more than the flapping of his gums.
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CASE IN POINT:  I found this little ditty from JFK's testimony yesterday regarding the Prime Minister of Israel's invitation from John Boehnor to speak to the Congress:  
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“The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush. We all know what happened with that decision,” Kerry said during a House hearing Wednesday.

Of course, Kerry voted for the war in Iraq in 2002 and said he was for the invasion during his presidential campaign against George W. Bush in 2004.     
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He also made comments in video clips I viewed this morning that literally had milk shooting out of my nose as I ate my Fiber One (it's the FIBERIEST!) cereal this morning.  The excerpts from his statements were hard to find because when I Liberal Progressive says 'really goofy stuff' very few people report on it.  You let a Conservative guy slip up once, and that stuff is 'wall to wall' on every media outlet you visit.   

Nonetheless, this is what JFK had to say yesterday:
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"Despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally; less deaths, less violent deaths today, than through the last century."  -- JFK 02/25/2015 
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I guess that Kerry MIGHT be accurate in his 'Last 100 century' time frame in that when you consider that there have been TWO World Wars, numerous 'Joint Military Actions', and the wholesale extermination of MILLIONS of people courtesy of the Holocaust, yeah, maybe year 2014 was all in all, a pretty good year for those of us left alive to welcome in 2015.  But for the folks who 'lost their heads', were 'murdered in cold-blood', or perhaps even 'burned alive' for no other reason than they didn't groove on the teachings of Mohammed, the year pretty much sucked.
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And then, less than 24 hours later, the Director of Intelligence, James Clapper, offered his testimony on Capitol Hill.  
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HE, apparently, had not gotten the JFK memo of the day prior:  
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"Yes, this is the size of John Kerry's brain.  I know, I've seen it while it was out of his
body getting some work done..."
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"When the final accounting is done, 2014 will have been the most lethal year for global terrorism in the 45 years such data has been compiled," Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

And then...
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Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn , former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Fox News that Kerry is "out of touch with reality, he clearly is not listening to the entire U.S. intelligence community."
Clapper on Thursday said that in 2013, about 11,500 worldwide attacks killed about 22,000 people. But in the first nine months alone of 2014, he said, preliminary data from a University of Maryland research unit show nearly 13,000 attacks killed 31,000 people.
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So who to believe?  
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A guy like John Forbes Kerrywho believes that Global Climate Change is a more serious threat than Terrorism is?  Or do you believe some Intelligence Guy quoting facts (and actual 'sources') regarding the truth of the world which we find ourselves living in today?  Make no mistake, when it comes to John Kerry's grasp of the World and the issues facing US (the United States) and it (pretty much the rest of the world), the word 'Intelligence' is gleefully absent from the list of words typically used to describe his scope of knowledge on any subject.
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Tonight, as on most nights, somewhere in America...  A village yearns for the return of their idiot.  To this village I say, "Come, take your idiot back, he is of no more use to us here..."
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He has been measured, he has been weighed, and he has been found lacking by almost every measurement on the competence scale.  
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Take him home.  Please God, take him home.   
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If An Obama Administration Representative Doesn't Tell a Lie - Does He / She Ever Speak?

"Hey, did you hear that?"
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Yes, today's post is a variant of the "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?, thing."
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Robert (feel free to call him 'Bob', 'Bobby', or simply, 'Lyin Bob') McDonald was recently spotted on video speaking to a homeless veteran in Los Angeles, CA.  As the Secretary of Veteran Administration, there is nothing truly remarkable about this - after all, he SHOULD interface with Veterans, both 'homed' and 'homeless'.  Great job Bob, take a bow, you CARE. 
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Of course there's an itty bitty problem discovered in Bob's filmed conversation with the veteran.  Remarkably, Bob McDonald LIED to the veteran about his (McDonald's) military service.  Yes, it's true, the titular head of the Veteran's Administration LIED to a veteran about what HE did in the service.  
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Why?  How should I know - I'm in SALES, I learned years ago that when you lie to the people you are supposed to be helping, well, there's just no future in it.  For in the end, the truth will come out, leaving you looking like a stinky, greasy fly-covered paper bag of poop.  And no one, outside of this Administration, will want to have much at all to do with you.   
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But, as we have learned, LYING when you are representing the Obama Administration is more of a career-enhancer rather than a detriment.  So, what did Bob McDonald say which has gotten him into the spotlight?  Come on Bob, get that hand up and tell the story... 
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As reported on FoxNews.com (and the Huffington Post - so it MUST be true):
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Tuesday apologized for lying about serving in the special operations forces in a conversation with a homeless veteran that was caught on camera earlier this year.
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McDonald made the claim in January while he was in Los Angeles as part of the VA's effort to locate and house homeless veterans. During the tour, a homeless man told McDonald that he had served in the special operations forces.
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"Special forces? What years?" McDonald responded. "I was in special forces." The exchange was broadcast on "The CBS Evening News" Jan. 30. McDonald's misstatement was first reported by The Huffington Post.
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McDonald, the former chairman, president and CEO of the consumer products giant Procter & Gamble, was selected by President Barack Obama to replace Eric Shinseki, the retired Army general who resigned in disgrace last May following reports of widespread corruption and malfeasance within the VA.
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The White House said Monday evening that the Obama administration accepted McDonald's explanation.
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So don't worry your cute little tax-paying head about it, the Obama administration has accepted Bobby Mac's explanation, so he's pretty much 'good to go' as the head of the VA.   Shoot, I'll bet that he's good until HE decides that he wants to lie somewhere else, and get paid for it there, too.  I don't particularly care that he LIES in the private sector running a 'division' of P&G because if I don't like the guy, I can sell my stock in Proctor & Gamble.  In this situation, I can't exactly sell my citizenship to the United States, well, I can't do it 'legally' (although, with all this crazy talk of 'Immigration Reform' there'll be a whole lot of people getting their citizenship in case I decide to put my stock in another country).  
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All things considered, I do, however, care that you, me, and everyone we know, are paying him to LIE, and that outside of what I write today, that I have no say in the matter (and once the Internet is 'Neutralized', I'll have no say whatsoever).  
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But wait, there's MORE!!!  
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During Lyin' Bob's testimony to the House Veteran's Affairs Committee hearing earlier this month, he stated that he 'fired 600 employees' responsible for the VA 'wait time' scandal.  Wow, way to go Bobbie!!!  You rock - thanks for supporting our troops!
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And then, of course, I found an article online which shed a bit more light on what actually happened:
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As for the number of employees fired for wait time manipulation, the report that the VA provides to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on a weekly basis indicates that, as of February 5, “only 8 people have been fired for actions related to patient scheduling, record manipulation, appointment delays and/or patient deaths. The 8 are part of a total of only 69 proposed or completed disciplinary actions. The report VA provides the committee also includes an additional three senior executives who have been removed, although none of those cases had to do with wait times or patient scheduling,” the Congressional staffer continued. 
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Sitting in my PJ's this cold February morning I ponder the thought that I had last night when I began typing this...

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Have a nice day, stay warm, and if at all possible, don't get sick.  Remember when the President was pushing the Affordable Care Act and he told us that it would be as efficient and well-run as the Veterans Administration?  I do.  
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Like I said, don't get sick. 



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Can You 'Moo' for Me?


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"When I'm calling you, Moo, moo, moo,
Will you Moo me too, moo, moo, moo..

Apologies to Slim Whitman

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No.  I'm not going to ask you to "Moo" as that would be embarrassing.  We must maintain some modicum of dignity, correct?

Yes, we must.  
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However, if you are the Attorney General of the United States, feel free to check your dignity at the door...
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In an effort to do something (pretty much 'anything') to appear relevant, the Obama Administration is showing up in the most interesting places lately.  From the interview above which (was watched live by roughly 29 people), to President Obama's interview on some YouTube Channel by a woman with Green Lips, and then again yesterday in an interview on Vox.com.  
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This last video clip is my favorite as it features a sitting President (our very own 'Constitutional Scholar') saying that there's just too much free speech goin' on out there...
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Odd that the most powerful man in the world should feel that he's not getting his message out.  Do you want me to tell him, or do you?
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Go ahead, your call...
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Okay, I'll do it then:  
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"Dear President Obama, your message IS out.  But we're no longer listening." 
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There now, doesn't that feel better?
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Not that he's listening, of course.  He missed the whole 2014 Election 'thing'...

But he WON both his  last two elections.  You know, just in case you forgot, he'll remind you every chance he gets...

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