Monday, March 2, 2015


We have really lost our way. We have a society hell bent on destroying itself by voting in the dumbest humans possible on both sides of the aisle with stunning regularity. A prime example would have been the House seat on Staten Island this last election where voters picked Mike Grimm, who had to resign as he is going to jail and that was not a surprise, over a democrat, whose only explanation for his bizarre campaign is he may have been mentally challenged or his IQ didn't reach triple digits. Either way, there was no good choice for that district, to which the public shrugged and went about buying crap on Amazon while watching Kim Kardashian whine about something irrelevant. This apathy is going to get us all killed.
Most of you probably haven't heard anything about the TPP negotiation, which if implemented would make corporations nation states and end democracy once and for all. You certainly haven't heard about a secret off site prison being used by Chicago cops to torture suspects, which should be front page news if Idiot America actually read sites like this. The fact that this site reaches a super small percentage says loads about today's world. Years ago, a guy like me would have won a Pulitzer by now. Instead, I eek out a living working for far less than any normal person would settle for. And readers out there aren't helping as no one donates anything or even goes so far to tell their friends about me increasing traffic. Some of you do care, as I have talked with you and am glad not everyone is totally retarded, so kudos to the true followers out there. But this nation is getting dumber and unless something is done and soon, it won't matter.

Take Republicans lately. They have spent the last decade talking about plans for health care, infrastructure, taxes and, as of today, have had absolutely NO set plans for any of them. John Boehner has been on record for two years talking about how we need to fix infrastructure and then proceeds to offer no ideas how to do it. This is the exact problem I have with Republicans. The only ideas they have are the long discredited trickle down economics theory, tax cuts for the rich and cutting social services for the poor. None of the that has worked ever and is one of the main reasons Europe is near death at this point.

They have had two months to do anything and so far have accomplished nothing instead focusing on border security, abortion, gay people and striking down Obamacare. Notice a complete lack of a job program, raising the minimum wage, ending the War on Drugs or a zillion other things that near everyone in this country wants regardless of party. Hell, they still don't have a replacement for Obamacare, just striking it down, which if it happens, will cause the price of health insurance to skyrocket. Yeah people will be thrilled with that.

The Republicans have a serious problem on their hands. The crazies are dragging them down and if the trend continues they could be looking at historic loses come 2016, regardless of who is running against them. If current polls remain steady, we all be saying President Hillary (God I hope not) in the next election. I do take solace in the fact that whoever the front runners are right now never win and the democrats could still find a populist, hopefully Liz Warren, who could be one of the greatest Presidents ever. Most of who are running right now have zero chance of winning in a general election and as the far right will demand blood in the primaries, their candidate will be a bloody mess by the time they have to move to the center, ala Mitt Romney. That didn't turn out to well for him or John McCain. Demographics suggest a Republican may never win the White House if they continue down the path to appeasing the nutbag base.

Finally, here's a story I saw on Facebook about the dumbing down of America and found it hysterical. Enjoy:

Everyone should start carrying $2 bills! I'm STILL laughing!!
I think we need to quit saving our $2 bills and bring them out in public. The younger generation doesn't even know they exist!
STORY: On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to eat. I have a $50 bill and a $2 bill. I figure with the $2 bill, I can get something to eat and not have to worry about irritating anyone for trying to break a $50 bill.
Me: 'Hi, I'd like one seven-layer burrito please, to go.'
Server: 'That'll be $1.04. Eat in?'
Me: 'No, it's to go.' At this point, I open my billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny.
Server: 'Uh, hang on a sec, I'll be right back.'
He goes to talk to his manager, who is still within my earshot. The following conversation occurs between the two of them:
Server: 'Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?'
Manager: 'No. A what?'
Server: 'A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me...'
Manager: 'Ask for something else. There's no such thing as a $2 bill.'
Server: 'Yeah, thought so.'
He comes back to me and says, 'We don't take these. Do you have anything else?'
Me: 'Just this fifty. You don't take $2 bills? Why?
Server: 'I don't know.'
Me: 'See here where it says legal tender?'
Server: 'Yeah.'
Me: 'So, why won't you take it?'
Server: 'Well, hang on a sec.'
He goes back to his manager, who has been watching me like I'm a shoplifter, and says to him, 'He says I have to take it.'
Manager: 'Doesn't he have anything else?'
Server: 'Yeah, a fifty. I'll get it and you can open the safe and get change.
Manager: 'I'm not opening the safe with him in here.'
Server: 'What should I do?'
Manager: 'Tell him to come back later when he has real money.'
Server: 'I can't tell him that! You tell him.'
Manager: 'Just tell him.'
Server: 'No way! This is weird. I'm going in back.
The manager approaches me and says,
'I'm sorry, but we don't take big bills this time of night.'
Me: 'It's only seven o'clock! Well then, here's a two dollar bill.'
Manager: 'We don't take those, either.'
Me: 'Why not?'
Manager: 'I think you know why.'
Me: 'No really, tell me why.'
Manager: 'Please leave before I call mall security.'
Me: 'Excuse me?'
Manager: 'Please leave before I call mall security.'
Me: 'What on earth for?'
Manager: 'Please, sir..'
Me: 'Uh, go ahead, call them.'
Manager: 'Would you please just leave?'
Me: 'No.'
Manager: 'Fine -- have it your way then.'
Me: 'Hey, that's Burger King, isn't it?'
At this point, he backs away from me and calls mall security on the phone around the corner. I have two people staring at me from the dining area and I begin laughing out loud, just for effect.
A few minutes later this 45-year-oldish guy comes in.
Guard: 'Yeah, Mike, what's up?'
Manager (whispering): 'This guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money.'
Guard: 'No kidding! What?'
Manager: 'Get this. A two dollar bill.'
Guard (incredulous): 'Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?'
Manager: 'I don't know. He's kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty.'
Guard: 'Oh, so the fifty's fake!'
Manager: 'No, the two dollar bill is.'
Guard: 'Why would he fake a two dollar bill?'
Manager : 'I don't know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?'
Guard: 'Yeah.'
Security Guard walks over to me and......
Guard: 'Mike here tells me you have some fake bills you're trying to use.'
Me: 'Uh, no.'
Guard: 'Lemme see 'em.'
Me: 'Why?'
Guard: 'Do you want me to get the cops in here?'
At this point I'm ready to say, 'Sure, please!' but I want to eat, so I say, 'I'm just trying to buy a burrito and pay for it with this two dollar bill.
I put the bill up near his face, and he flinches like I'm taking a swing at him. He takes the bill, turns it over a few times in his hands, and he says, 'Hey, Mike, what's wrong with this bill?'
Manager: 'It's fake.'
Guard: 'It doesn't look fake to me.'
Manager: 'But it's a two dollar bill.'
Guard: 'Yeah? '
Manager: 'Well, there's no such thing, is there?'
The security guard and I both look at him like he's an idiot and it dawns on the guy that he has no clue and is an idiot.
So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drink and some of those cinnamon thingies, too.
Made me want to get a whole stack of two dollar bills just to see what happens when I try to buy stuff.

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